I have been looking for a new watch for a while now and have always had a soft place for Ball time pieces. My father was a locomotive engineer and handed me his Ball 999B Pocket Watch when he retired. It's in perfect running order and has the wear and tear that so many of these pocket watches had while in active service. It is priceless to me. I use it on special occasions and keep it cleaned and lubed.
I'm also a locomotive engineer with nearly 30 years of service and as I get older, my short vision has deteriorated, especially at night. The tritium gas has the luminescence I'm looking for, at least that's how I'm selling it to myself. I just need to decide on the model.
In days gone by, railway men had to have a certified watch examined by a watch inspector every 6 months as train movements required careful timings to avoid mishaps. These inspections were done in my time of railroading, but not anymore. Railroads in North America have for the most part become safer and more modernized to avoid human time errors. Having a certified railway grade watch is no longer required by most carriers.
I will be acquiring a new Ball watch mostly for nostalgic reasons, but my intention is that it will be used as a functioning watch for train movements. Enjoy the attached picture of the works inside a Ball 999B Railway Pocket Watch.