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    Fireman Victory vs Engineer Marvelight

    Hi Folks.
    As a complete newcomer to the wonderful world of Ball Watches I would really appreciate some help regarding a choice between two pieces.
    Fireman Victory silver dial
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    Engineer II Marvelight White Dial
    I have the opportunity to get one of these at a competitive price.
    My dilemma is that I prefer the Marvelight look and it may have more presence? But I have fairly slender wrists and the Victory is thinner.
    What do you think are the merits of each watch and which should I go for?

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    Re: Fireman Victory vs Engineer Marvelight

    Pics of each may help.

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    Re: Fireman Victory vs Engineer Marvelight

    Hopefully images of each attached!
    The Victory has the date at 4 O'Clock

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    Re: Fireman Victory vs Engineer Marvelight

    I love Ball watches, but not a fan of the thick cases. I have a 7.1" flat wrist so can wear some pretty large watches. But, I hate thick watches which rules the Marvelight out for me. Going off memory, I think it sits around 13.5" thick. That's NOT a thin dress watch and would have trouble slipping under the cuff of a jacket or shirt. I absolutely love the way it looks and has a Rolex vibe.

    The Fireman is way more dressy and doesn't appeal to me. I realize the dimensions are better, but I'm just not a fan.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Fireman Victory vs Engineer Marvelight

    Yes.
    My thoughts exactly the same.
    I think the Marvelight is meant to be 13.15mm thick including the Cyclops.
    I am looking gor more of an all rounder than a formal dress watch.
    Originally I was going to get the Seiko SARX until I read about accuracy (or non) of the movement.
    I have 6.75 inch wrists and am unsure if the Marvelight may be to big.
    I do prefer it to the Fireman though!

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    Re: Fireman Victory vs Engineer Marvelight

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfman53 View Post
    Yes.
    My thoughts exactly the same.
    I think the Marvelight is meant to be 13.15mm thick including the Cyclops.
    I am looking gor more of an all rounder than a formal dress watch.
    Originally I was going to get the Seiko SARX until I read about accuracy (or non) of the movement.
    I have 6.75 inch wrists and am unsure if the Marvelight may be to big.
    I do prefer it to the Fireman though!

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    As long as you're not looking for a dress watch, the Marvelight might work. However, on a 6.75" wrist, it might look a little large. Since there's no bezel like on a dive watch, it's all face and the white tends to look a little larger too. Maybe keep your eyes open for used one (try watchrecon.com). That way, if it's too large, you won't take a bath when you resell.
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    Re: Fireman Victory vs Engineer Marvelight

    My vote is for the Marvelight.

    Now, the for and against arguments.

    Fireman Victory silver dial
    Likes - slim case, simple yet sunray effect dial, slim indices
    Dislikes - more formal than a casual watch, that 4.30pm date!

    Engineer II Marvelight White Dial
    Likes - great lume, shape of lugs sit well with smaller wrists, versatile on straps
    Dislikes - thick(er) case sit proud on wrist and that faux Rolex cyclops.

    I think you can wear the Marvelight quite well for a 6.75". The good thing about the Ball Watches is that the lugs are shorter than other brands and they curve downwards a lot more hence why small wristed people might be able to pull of a larger watch. Check with Toppers and ask them about the lug to lug length. Do a test fit with a paper cut out and see how it might look on your wrist before you commit on the purchase.

    P.S. You should also browse the On the Ball What Are you wearing today thread to see how some people wear their Marvelight.

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    Re: Fireman Victory vs Engineer Marvelight

    Thanks Dogbert.
    Thats reassuring! Maybe I should look for one on a strap. I do like the bracelet but there in no micro adjustment
    It may sit on the wrist better with a strap than a bracelet perhaps?

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    Re: Fireman Victory vs Engineer Marvelight

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfman53 View Post
    Thanks Dogbert.
    Thats reassuring! Maybe I should look for one on a strap. I do like the bracelet but there in no micro adjustment
    It may sit on the wrist better with a strap than a bracelet perhaps?

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    I think it only comes with the bracelet so the straps are all after market ones. Here is the link to the pages in the WRUW thread. Gives you an idea of how it may look like. Just browse those few pages and you will see some nice Marvelights.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f239/b...574330-60.html

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    Re: Fireman Victory vs Engineer Marvelight

    I'm with Dogbert, go for the Marvelight, especially with that white dial!

    Always better to get the watch with the bracelet if possible. There are a lot of aftermarket strap options, even if the lug width is 21mm, and bracelets tend to be more expensive. Unless that is, if you've tried the bracelet on and are sure you would not wear it, and also do not plan to sell it.

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