Ball Marvelight: the new contender for best lume in a Ball Watch
The Ball Marvelight is Ball's latest release from the Engineer II collection. The 40mm case the is the same as the one used in other Engineer II watches such as the Ohio and Red Label Series. As BALL S.A. CTO Phiilippe Antille explained at Baselworld, what makes this watch different is the shape of the tritium micro gas tubes tubes. The Marvelight uses flatter tubes than the more common circular tubes that are on most Ball Watches. While this style tube of flat tube has been used on other watches such as the Aviator 46mm, what sets the Marvelight apart is the height of each tube; they are significantly taller than any other "flat" tube watch we've seen.
At Baselworld, the model of the Marvelight that was shown was the international T25 model; which features a total amount of tritium that is under 25 millicuries. The U.S. Marvelight uses the higher threshold T permit, and has larger tubes which produce greater lume than what we saw at Basel.
Below are photos showing the various dial colors and some direct side by side lume comparisons to two Ball watches that have famous lume signatures: The 46mm Aviator and the Spacemaster X-Lume. All three dials feature a slight sunburst pattern that is similar to the Ohio models. We've also tried to photograph the individual tubes of the Marvelight and the Aviator to show the increased tube height that leads to the more brilliant lume effect. Mechanically, the Marvelight features the elaborate grade ETA 2824-2 and is mechanically similar to the Engineer Master II Ohio models. At $1,799 it is consistent in price to other entry level Ball watches such as the Fireman Racer, Fireman Victory, and Ohio Day-Date.
A Look at the Tritium Tubes in the Marvelight
Marvelight vs. Marvelight: Just for fun, a lume shot of all three Marvelights.
Marvelight vs. the 46mm Aviator. The Aviator may sport the largest tubes, but they are not seem as bright as the ones in the Marvelight.
The Engineer Master II Aviator, (shown above uses similar shaped tubes though they do not have the vertical height of the Marvelight and are not as visually intense.)
The "flatter tubes" of the Aviator may have more surface area, but do not seem as brilliant as the tubes of the Marvelight.
Marvelight vs. Spacemaster X-lume: the tubes are much brighter than the ones on other Ball watches such as the X-Lume that feature scores of small round tritium tubes.
The Trainmaster Cannonball I (above), features the smallest style of tritium tube, the . "pip" style tube. This is the style of Tube in the Engineer II Ohio Series
The Trainmaster Cannonball II (above) features circular tubes placed lengthwise on the marker. These tubes give off more lume than the pip style tubes, but are not nearly as bright as the wide and tall tubes used in the Marvelight. This is the style of tube that is in the Red Label Series.
A comparison of the Lume used in the Cannonball II (left) compared to the Cannonball I (right) These two different styles of circular tubes are not nearly as bright as the ones on the Marvelight.
The Blue Dial Marvelight
The slight sunburst pattern in the dial of the EM2 Marvelight is similar to the dial of the Ohio models
The tall tritium tubes of the Marvelight
The Signature RR crown of the Engineer Master II Marvelight
The familiar bracelet of the Engineer Master II Marvelight
The case back of the Engineer Master II Marvelight
Silver Dial Marvelight
Gray Dial Marvelight