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    What are everyone's thoughts on the new Roadmaster Icebreaker up for pre-order? It seems to have gotten mixed reviews so far in the comments I've seen here and elsewhere.

    To me, it is Ball's best, most complete effort in design in a very long time. It is pretty much the watch I've been waiting on from them for a long time. In terms of the case and bracelet, they took the Roadmaster design and refined it completely. It just flows really well, and has a cool industrial look with sharp, flowing lines.

    The dial also is really nicely thought out. It's balanced and simple with a really cool power reserve indicator. And the handset actually feels like it was made to match the overall case/bracelet design! What a concept. Everything seems to have been carefully thought out and designed with purpose.

    I know it's just an online render, but l can find very little to quibble with on this one. Perhaps it would be nice to have the in house movement as an option. Only problem is, what color to get?
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    Re: Roadmaster Icebreaker thoughts

    It's nice looking, however, Ball's prices are creeping up on pre order, much closer to what the retail will be, so the deals, other than on gray market, are dissipating.

    Honestly, if I have to pay that close to retail, there are many other watches I'd consider before this.
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    Re: Roadmaster Icebreaker thoughts

    I really like it... I was on the cusp of ordering this one when I found out I would likely have to pay tax twice (don't know whats up with that). Then the pre-ordering price makes no sense.

    I have to agree that the retail price puts it in a different league and I would also start considering some other watches (...and some other one's in the Ball stable)

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    Re: Roadmaster Icebreaker thoughts

    I almost love the look of the lug/case transition. Just feels as though they chickened out at the last minute though rather than following through with the execution of that.
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    Re: Roadmaster Icebreaker thoughts

    I generally like it but don't like the way they did the power reserve--rather unbalanced design, also, the tritium tubes on the hands look almost the same size in the first picture, which is a straight on direct shot--that factor alone could be a major problem.

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    Re: Roadmaster Icebreaker thoughts

    I like it a lot but they should've used the new movement with an 80 hour power reserve.
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    Re: Roadmaster Icebreaker thoughts

    Would be nice w/o the cyclops, IMHO.

    I also agree and don't like the PR indicator within that dial design.
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    Re: Roadmaster Icebreaker thoughts

    I like it - reminds me of the Zenith Defy somewhat, or the IWC Ingenieur. If it's anything like the Balls I've had in the past, I'm sure it'll be well made too. But, for me, it's just a bit too expensive. Perhaps I'll hunt one down on the used market in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Price View Post
    I like it - reminds me of the Zenith Defy somewhat, or the IWC Ingenieur. If it's anything like the Balls I've had in the past, I'm sure it'll be well made too. But, for me, it's just a bit too expensive. Perhaps I'll hunt one down on the used market in the future.
    It does remind me a bit of those two watches. To me, it Ball's entry into the world of the luxury sports watches with integrated (or integrated-looking) bracelets like the Royal Oak or Nautilus, although of course in a much lower tier. In a similar price point would be the Pelton Perseus or Maurice Lacroix Aikon. I think the Ball compares quite favorably to those, and I would take it over either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Igorek View Post
    I like it a lot but they should've used the new movement with an 80 hour power reserve.
    Agreed on that point.

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