Ball Sportsman Japan LE Without Ducks Unlimited Branding - Any more info?

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    Ball Sportsman Japan LE Without Ducks Unlimited Branding - Any more info?

    Hi all,

    I was intrigued by the Ball Sportsman Ducks Unlimited LE when it was released but was kind of turned off by the Ducks Unlimited branding. Cool nonprofit, but I don't need a duck drawn on my watch dial.

    Anyways, I was browsing ebay yesterday and found what appears to be the same watch minus the Ducks Unlimited branding. Possibly limited to the Japanese market, since it's listed by a japanese seller.

    As much as I try though, I can't seem to find any more references to this watch anywhere. Anyone seen it before?

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    Re: Ball Sportsman Japan LE Without Ducks Unlimited Branding - Any more info?

    It's beautiful!! I was interested in the DU watch, but didn't like the logo as well. This one is tempting if available!

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    Re: Ball Sportsman Japan LE Without Ducks Unlimited Branding - Any more info?

    I found the listing I think you are referring to--and they state specifically that it is NOT a Japan-region model, and as such very rare--also, the model reference number DM1022a is of course BOTH the Ducks Unlimited model, and a somewhat unrelated diver (Ball sometimes does this, who knows why), but does not bring up any of these versions.
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    Re: Ball Sportsman Japan LE Without Ducks Unlimited Branding - Any more info?

    Quote Originally Posted by timefleas View Post
    I found the listing I think you are referring to--and they state specifically that it is NOT a Japan-region model, and as such very rare--also, the model reference number DM1022a is of course BOTH the Ducks Unlimited model, and a somewhat unrelated diver (Ball sometimes does this, who knows why), but does not bring up any of these versions.
    I don't see where in the listing they say that it's not a japan-region model. But that's good to know all the same.

    Really tempted to pick this one up. It's a looker.
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    Re: Ball Sportsman Japan LE Without Ducks Unlimited Branding - Any more info?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zama View Post
    I don't see where in the listing they say that it's not a japan-region model. But that's good to know all the same.

    Really tempted to pick this one up. It's a looker.
    Could be a different listing--I am guessing there is only one, but offered on a couple of different sites, one listed in English, another in Japanese (if the picts I posted above are the same, that would be confirmation--if not, then there are at least two here). In the Japanese for the listing I saw, it specifically says that it is not a Japanese model. It isn't shown in Ball's published Japanese catalogs, and it isn't shown on the Japanese Ball web site. It could be a Hong Kong or other Asian country model, such as Singapore, where both countries often have models unique to them, and aren't available elsewhere unless resold by the original owner--likely this is the case of the Ducks Unlimited look-alike--the price is quite good (around $800 for the one I saw)--looks to be a good pick up, if you go for it.
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    I remember that caseback. Ball retro.

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