So, after weeks of speculation about what I might get, my girlfriend hooked me up with a new Ball Engineer Master II Diver for my B-day. I was fairly certain for a while that I was getting a watch for b-day and submitted her a list. Admittedly, she chose the least expensive (which I was surprised by-considering her), but I am very happy.
A few initial impressions...
As has been stated before, great fit and finish. It was not quite as big on my wrist as anticipated, but its certainly substantial at 42mm. Also, it is a very tall watch, so it definitely has a presence and carries some weight to it. I went with the grey (she chose but that is the color I wanted vs. the green or orange). I thought that it had an understated subtlety to it, while still being very sporty. This IMO allows it to be worn for a more dressy occasion should it be required, although I wouldn't necessarily classify it as a dress watch, since it is built for the outdoors!
Good looks, the inner rotating bezel is nice, and the lume (while not what I might have been expecting due to some other pics/posts) is still outstanding. The band is sturdy of course, great clasp too. No doubt about it, great quality for the money.
The only complaint...I think that the hands are a little boring. Just thin strips in a silver/aluminum color with a tiny tritium tube on each. (So while all the other lume is so nice, reading the actual time isnt quite as easy.) I would have liked to see a red accent on second hand, or maybe wider hour/minute hands to be a bit more decorative.
As for accuracy, I am hoping it settles in, it's only been a few days and isn't COSC. Its about +7/day and when compared to my Seamaster which is about +/-1, I hope for better results in time. Still, overall pleased, and how could I not be, it was free (essentially)! My photography skills suck, so I apologize for the pics (I took tons just to get what I did!).