I am celebrating month three with my Ball Aviator GMT. I am a fan of pilot style watches and also was looking for something with a light dial.
The first Aviator at 46mm, was just a tad too big, so when the GMT came out at 44mm, I was excited.
This soon became my third Ball Watch, fifth if you count my Vintage Trainmaster and Liz’ Trainmaster Sixty Seconds Model.
Below is my review of the Ball Engineer Master II Aviator GMT.
Case/Crown: At 44mm, the case is substantial without being overpowering on my 6.5 inch wrist. Like all Ball watches, the fit and finish are perfect!
The screw in crown is operates very smoothly, making it a pleasure to operate.
The caseback is solid, and features a classic Ball scene on the back (the non GMT Aviator features a different case back with a Wright Brothers Motif-I believe later GMT’s are also being shipped with this caseback.)
The dial is a beautiful cream color, which is just stunning when the sunlight hits it and equally stunning at night. For those who are fans of a simple, clutter free dial, this one is a winner!
The show continues in the evening. With 13 tritium gas tubes, each filled to the US legal limit of just under 100 millicures, this is the brightest watch I have ever encountered over the course of an evening. Tritium Tubed watches have long been noted for their “staying power,” but some felt that they couldn't’t compete with SL for initial lume. Well, with the Aviator Model, Ball has addressed that and within mere minutes, the watch is brighter than any SL watch. The additional “power” also makes the watch a breeze to read in low light conditions.
The ETA 2893 supplies the power for the Aviator GMT. As I said in the review of my Sinn 857, it is my opinion that the 289x series ETA's are among the finest mass produced movements ever made.” Like all 289x movements I have encountered, accuracy is very consistent throughout all positions.
The watch comes with a classic one button Flieger strap which took a little time to break in, but with the help of a special solution from a friend it is now soft as butter.
The Aviator GMT provides a slight twist on the classic Flieger design and fits very well in my collection. All aspects of the watch are finished flawlessly, and every dial marker is precise. Balls world famous lume is on evidence here, and this is their brightest watch to date! I am delighted with my Aviator GMT!