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    Let's talk Ball Divers

    Aloha fellow Ball Enthusiasts,
    I have had a Fireman Racer (blue on white) for around a year now, and while there is so much about this watch that i like, I find myself missing the "diver's bezel". This has lead me towards the Master Engineer II Diver for an Every Day Wear. I am also kind of leaning towards the darker finishes, but mostly i want one in Ti.
    So, here are a couple questions to kick off a discussion:
    What models are there out there that are Ti? I have only been able to find a limited edition with a thermometer-
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    now, I like this one a lot, but the thermometer, while it looks ok , is something i just don't get- most watch thermometer only seem to register one's wrist temp, and how often do i look down to see what the temp is? in fact, I don't get it so bad that it is kind of a deterrent.

    The other model which recently caught my eye was the GMT:
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    I like one a lot as well. The GMT function is actually somewhat useful to my line of work and i like the clean lines, but i am kind of looking for something in Titanium. Has anyone seen one of these in Ti? and what other Ti versions of the MEII Diver are out there? are there any COSC? (also something i am looking for)
    feel free to post pics as well as opinions! (am I crazy for being Ti-crazy?)
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    Re: Let's talk Ball Divers

    Before choosing which slice of the pie to take for yourself, I would expand the size of the pie, rather than reduce it--by stipulating "Ti-only" you are greatly restricting the playing field. Over the years, Ball has produced many great divers, and some of their earlier models are still quite worth looking into (though very few came in titanium cases--the Fireman black cased NECC is the most recent one that comes to mind, comes on rubber or bracelet (SS, I think)). Best of luck.
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    Re: Let's talk Ball Divers

    The NECC picture you posted is nice. I really like that shade of blue on the bezel.
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    Re: Let's talk Ball Divers

    I've owned a few over the years, but for me the styling just hasn't been right, still waiting.

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    Re: Let's talk Ball Divers

    That is a good looking piece! That's the NECC? Gotta agree with Nokie, that shade of blue is striking. Ok, the is expanding...
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    Re: Let's talk Ball Divers

    Hi Hands,
    just wondering if you have explored the relatively new Roadmaster Marine GMT? its spec'd out tough in diver terrority (although the bezel functions more as GMT than the classic diver bezel) but the case is Titanium

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    Re: Let's talk Ball Divers

    The ultimate Ball diver:

    EHC DeepQuest.

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    Re: Let's talk Ball Divers

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparrowhawk View Post
    The ultimate Ball diver:

    EHC DeepQuest.
    It IS titanium, I believe, but only for the strong of heart (and/or wrist) at 46 mm wide and 18.5mm tall...

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    Re: Let's talk Ball Divers

    Quote Originally Posted by timefleas View Post
    It IS titanium, I believe, but only for the strong of heart (and/or wrist) at 46 mm wide and 18.5mm tall...
    Peter,

    Yep, it's titanium, the case is machined from a solid block.

    The dimensions you reference look correct.

    It wears light and easy do to both the titanium and the case and lug design.

    One of my favorite Ball watches, out of all that I own or have owned.



    Cheers.

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    Re: Let's talk Ball Divers

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparrowhawk View Post
    Peter,

    Yep, it's titanium, the case is machined from a solid block.

    The dimensions you reference look correct.

    It wears light and easy do to both the titanium and the case and lug design.

    One of my favorite Ball watches, out of all that I own or have owned.


    Cheers.
    Your strong endorsement does pique the intrest. Monolithic titanium is increadably enticing, and its great to hear that it wears "small". The biggest watch i have ever worn (still have and enjoy) is, for comparison, the Seiko Sumo. 45mm diameter, 13.5mm in height. Looking at those numbers, it doesn't seem quite so outragious, especially when you consider Ti is around 1/2 the density of steel. Would you have access to a scale? I would love to see how they compair in real world weights!
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