Has there been any feedback on Ball watches regarding their "toughness"? I ask because I just purchased a Ball pretty much based upon that "reputation". I have two other mechanical watches that have been borked from my own daily rough wearing. Upon opening both watches, one an ETA 2824, the other an ETA 2893, the hairspring had jumped out of the curb pins of both. On one watch, I've attempted to carefully place the hairspring back, but there is so much resistance, I fear I'll break it. Which leads me to ask how it came out of the regulator in the first place!
I've since learned to take my watch off if I think its going to be subjected to undo forces. But then again, one should not have to be constantly aware of their watch. Ball touts a 5000 G. rating, but what does that mean in the real world? Impulse wise? From what I understand, the human body can even handle 5000 G's, as long as it's not for long (milliseconds).
A golf drive on Saturday morning?
A hammer-drill on the job site?
Slamming your fist down during a board meeting?