I got the itch for a new watch a few months ago. While internet browsing to get an idea of just what I wanted (know it when I see it), I stumbled upon Ball watches and my curiosity was piqued. Although I was aware of the storied history of The Ball Watch Company, I was unaware of of their "resurrection". Further research indicated the irony that there is no authorized distributor in Cleveland, Ohio. But, I digress.
I like the way Ball has married the old with the new; incorporating tritium vials across their entire product line, from the modern looking Hydrocarbons, to the classic Conductors. The only way to get more "old school" is to use radium, and well, we know how that turned out.
My taste in watches leans towards the more sublime, conservative side. I already own a tritium lumed Stocker & Yale Navigator, along with a Super LumiNova lumed Citizen Eco-Drive. Both hold their own in the night. But, they're diver style, and I'm leaning towards a more classic look that Ball offers with the Engineer II Ohio, or the Engineer Master II Classic. Budget restraints dictate that I stay under $1000 +/-.
I really like the simplicity of the Engineer II Ohio, white/blue. The only problem is that the stock photos don't really show the contrast between indices and the dial (it looks washed out). Additionally, there are no AD's in my town, and the three or four in my state don't have a full collection ("we can order it from Ball"), so I can't even look at one. (I have an Atlantic Worldmaster Gold in my collection with a champaign dial that is very hard to read in subdued light.)
Does anyone here have an Engineer II Ohio, white dial, that they can post a picture to give me an idea of the contrast between the indices and dial?