Hello all long time listener, first time caller here!
I am recently engaged to be married and my wonderful girlfriend wants to buy me an engagement watch to counterpoint her engagement ring. I am not a watch collector but love fine mechanical watches and have always wanted one. This watch will hopefully be "the one" as I don't plan to ever own another >$3000 watch (or >$1000 for that matter).
For a long time I've had my eye on Ball, specifically the Spacemaster X-Lume. However, research has led me to believe that the tritium tubes will lose their luster after about a decade. It's not that I think Tritium is inferior to Superluminova or other forms of lume, rather it's that, what makes the X-Lume special is the tritium and I'm worried that if it fades it will lose what makes it special. Also, that dial/tube replacement will be significantly more expensive on this model than others.
The design feature I like most from Ball are the Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6, 9 and the other models I'm currently considering are the Arabic COSCII, Airborne and Ceramic XV.
[Thanks to Toppers for the images!]
I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on these four watches as well as other, similar pieces you might recommend to someone in my position (I'm not dedicated to Ball, although I understand this is the Ball forum!)
I live in the San Francisco area and will likely go to Toppers before making any purchases.
Thanks for looking!