Hi everyone, long time lurker, first time poster.
I'll start off with a little bit of history. My first watch was a Casio F-91W, with an actual light bulb inside the watch! Followed by a Casio calculator watch, then the databank, and the TV remote watch with the IR blaster. This was followed by a bunch of various Timex's. My foray into analog watches was a swiss army watch.
It was a good watch and I handed it down to my dad, who still wears it today. (Yes realize I passed a watch backwards in the family hierarchy, haha).
My first automatic watch was an Invicta. Display back, 21 jewels. I've always appreciated the miracle of micromechanics that could keep time to within 99.999% accuracy, day in and day out. Unfortunately the Invicta wasn't that accurate; it was more like 30 seconds a day. Plus I couldn't get pass the thought of owning a "fine" mechanical time piece that cost less than my analog swiss army watch.
With my first few paychecks from my first real job, I purchased a Citizen Skyhawk Blue Angels Titanium Eco-Drive watch.
This was my first nice "real watch." It stayed with me for 10 years. I wore it through 4 years of daily bike commuting, 25 miles every day in NYC on a road bike. I wore it bike racing. I wore it in the pool. I wore it hiking and climbing every weekend. I wore it when I went out onto job sites, into crawl spaces, doing yard work, wrenching on my car, mountain biking, road biking, running, weight training, snowboarding, to the beach, literally everywhere. And it kept to about +-1 second a month.
I went through a phase of being "time-less" for about 9 months and during that time I kept it on my dresser, exposed to about 2-3 hours of indoor lighting a day. Either that wasn't enough to keep the powercell charged or it was just old but when I finally picked it up 2 months ago, it was dead. I was pretty bummed out.
To cheer me up, my girlfriend bought me a Ball Marvelight for my birthday. I wanted something elegant, that would work well with a dress shirt or suit but at the same time be physically tough enough to endure every day life. We had gone to the local AD twice, in hopes of seeing the black or gray dial. But when we saw the silver, we both knew that was the look that I was going for. As an engineer, the history of Ball watches intrigued me plus it is always nice to be able to associate with the history and aura of the time piece. I know it's no Rolex (even though it kinda looks like the DJII) or Omega (even though it kinda looks like the AT) but it's by far the nicest time piece I've ever had. Plus, like the Citizen Skyhawk, it holds a lot of sentimental meaning for me.
I've had it on my wrist for 3 weeks non-stop through a standard weekly routine of cycling through pot-hole ridden streets on a titanium road bike with very very stiff carbon fiber wheels, running, weight training, hiking, including a 20 mile loop of the northern presidentials in the white mountains of new hampshire. It gains an average of ~7 seconds every day, which is a-ok by me!
I'm going to order a kit and replace the power cell in my Citizen, if anything just to keep it as a backup in case the Ball ever needed to be sent back for service. *knock on wood*