Well I have been obsessing over this watch for a few years now and have been waiting for the right used one with a full set to come along. I knew I wanted to go used so I didnt take the big hit since I get tired of watches and tend to rotate them out always looking for that next perfect watch. I received this 2 days back now and have a few comments and questions.
First, I love this watch. The size for my 7-1/4" wrist its the perfect size at 40mm. I love high polished items so this is a natural. The High polish with the satin combo is incredible. I also really like the bracelet which I have read a few negative comments on. I like how its different and very robust and enjoy the different 3D aspect to it. I have a few high end watches (Rolex's) and it compares equally with them with the exception of the bracelet ends which are not quite as refined. However for the price point I would expect that and I actually think there well done and a bargain at this price. The bracelet comfort level is better than my Rolex.
I am not a fan of the caseback design but get it with the heritage to Webb C Ball. I wish there was a option for a clear caseback for my watch even though it isnt a very elaborate movement. I love the deep black on the dial and the tritium blocked indices look great raised up high and I like how they take on the color of the tubes during direct sun light. The magnifier is a little weaker than my Rolex's but it works as intended.
Now when I make a purchase like this I try to read as many reviews as possible and also watch as many of the youtube videos as possible. To say I was highly intrigued to have a watch with tritium indices was a understatement. What I didnt know till now is alot of guys use a UV light to show off and enhance there ball tritium indices. So after my watch arrived 2 days back I was really looking forward to night time viewing. Now mind you I have seen many pictures of the lume and videos on youtube so I knew what to expect. Especially having a few tritium night sites on my firearms and tritium in a few spinners I have.
So I get into my bedroom going to bed and am having a hard time reading the time. I am 60 years old so I put on my cheaters and can barely make out the time with them on. I give it a half hour and also did a 3am pit stop and it wasnt much better. Very faint time legibility. Now I know all about tritium and the color spectrum's with green being the best and blue not so much. But in my mind I had it built up to be so much more.
So my watch has a date of 8-15 on the warranty card so I am no where near half life at 4+ years old. I am assuming my watch is about where it was as new brightness wise do to it not being that old. I am attaching a picture that is similar to what I am looking at in total darkness. Since I have never owned a tritium tubed watch I am looking for advice from the Ball experts on if my watch is normal brightness or not? I would assume it should be brighter but maybe I was expecting too much and have read online guys with similar comments? I have played around for a hour getting the picture as close as possible to what I am looking at and in person it may be a tad better than my picture where you can see a little of the green hands. But its close.
I plan on keeping the watch because its awesome! If the tritium brightness if way low I would send it into Ball for a redo. If its normal I will just enjoy it as is. But I am looking for input from the guys that have alot of experience with Ball watches.
Many Thanks in advance. Still very excited to finally be in the Ball family.