I'm a brand new owner to Ball Watches, and looking for confirmation that I'm either a [email protected]@ or there is a solution to my problem that I didn't realize.
First I've never had a nice watch before, I bought a Ball Fireman Night Train off of Ebay for a pretty good deal. I intended to wear it as my everyday tool watch, as I use the nighttime lume for a lot of stuff.
My problem is that the watch pops off the band a lot. If I'm putting on a long sleeve shirt or a coat, it can sometimes catch on the watch, and the band spring/pin will pop off the watch, sending it to the ground and me scrambling to find the pin again and put it back in. Also I threw a football to a friend and the motion of throwing the football compressed the spring and caused the watch to pop off, hitting the ground. Recently a coat caused my ball to hit the ground and put a couple nicks in it and damaged the movement. It now adds a minute for every 10 that goes by. I will have to send it in to get serviced.
I have a genuine Ball 21mm wristband. The pins look like the factory ones and not a knockoff or anything. My question is, do you have to be super careful putting on long sleeves and not catching it on anything with ANY nice watch? Looking at the Ball the dimples for the wristband pin to go into are not every deep, is this a design flaw by Ball that makes their watch more susceptible to falling off? Do I just have bad spring/pins and the normal ones are much more stiff and won't give out?
Looking for advice, if it was me that didn't know what I was getting into, I'll take it. I was in the middle east with the US Military and needed a nightime Lume watch, and I've loved Balls for a long time. I didn't have a chance to swap out the bands and pins, otherwise I would have tried that the first time it came off.
I'm sure the service will cost a few $100s, and there are a couple small knicks know, oh, well.