Hi all! I'm new to the forum, and I just picked up my first Ball watch. It's the Engineer III Pioneer model, with the black face. Very little info out there about this and I couldn't find a single user review or pictures so I wanted to share. Here are my first impressions:
-Case finishing is very nice. Bracelet finishing is just okay, it's disappointing that the finishing isn't a perfect match to the case polish
-The bracelet is comically small! I have a large wrist but not so large that I've ever not had to remove links from a new watch, let alone it be too small. Very disappointing they cheated out on links. Not being able to wear it puts a real damper on the unboxing experience.
- I think the cyclops is cool. Yes I know it's polarizing.
-40MM case is about as small as I like to wear anymore. I wish it were more like 42mm, but then again it wouldn't be quite as elegant. The dial to case proportions are good here, and that matters more to me than pure dimensions.
-Chronometer certificate is a nice plus to me. I know it doesn't matter to some anymore though.
-The 904L SS is pretty neat in m
All in all, I like it a lot. I'm mostly impressed with it, except for the bracelet. . Wish I could wear it comfortably! Trying to get a link or two, but don't expect to hear back until after the holidays.