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    Some of the Ball Watches that I have Owned...

    I actually just posted this in the Public Forum, in the "what is your favorite brand" thread, but thought the Ball-dedicated audience here might enjoy it as well.

    First, I enjoy wearing and respect many brands, from forum favorites to the obscure and the unknown. That said, I can easily say that my favorite brand is Ball, and over the course of the last two decades, I have bought, worn and sold more than 70 Ball watches. And, it really has little to do with the tritium tubes--they're fine, but that's not why I like Ball.

    My interest in watches got started when I received on my 21st birthday a Waltham pocket watch that my great grandparents had given my grandfather on his birthday in 1911. He worked on the railroad, and used this watch daily. It was later given to my father, on his 21st birthday, and then to me, and I subsequently gave it my son at his 21st--the fifth generation to own the watch. An interesting story behind all this (where the watch, and the people wearing them, have been over the last 100+ years), but discussed elsewhere on this site.


    So, basically, I like Ball for its "yesteryear" ties to the past, in its associations with the railroad watches, manifested in similarly vintage-styled dial designs, found almost entirely in just one of their model lines, the Trainmaster Series, and to a lesser extent, the Fireman Series. And really, it is only those two Series that I really am drawn to, though I have tried a few in the other series.

    Below are less than half of those that have slipped through my hands like quicksilver--the top row, however, is my current rotation, four Ball watches and one Sothis, a rotation which I have had for some time, as I am actually finally very happy with these, and have not been looking for anything else in quite a while now.


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    Re: Some of the Ball Watches that I have Owned...

    WOW! All I can say is wow! That is an excellent collection of watches @timefleas. The story behind the watch collection definitely makes them come alive.

    Thank you for an excellent write up and the effort to put all the photos together. I enjoyed reading your story as well as looking at your photos.

    Thanks for sharing the story of your Ball Watch collection.
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    Holy Crap! You have certainly been on the Ball all these years! Awesome collection.
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    Re: Some of the Ball Watches that I have Owned...

    A stunning collection of Ball timepieces! Thanks for taking the time to share.
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    Re: Some of the Ball Watches that I have Owned...

    Very impressive.

    It is obvious who is the Ball expert on this forum!

    Enjoy them.
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    Re: Some of the Ball Watches that I have Owned...

    That's a lot of photos of watches taken at the same basic angle. Good work?
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    Re: Some of the Ball Watches that I have Owned...

    Very nice
    You are the ball watch guru

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    Re: Some of the Ball Watches that I have Owned...

    From one Ball aficionado to another, most impressive! Also notable, you steered clear of divers and HCs. I never had the pleasure of wearing a Flying Scotsman. Yours is a beauty. Great taste and collection!
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    Re: Some of the Ball Watches that I have Owned...

    Wow, that’s an impressive spread you have there! Thanks for sharing your collection.
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    Re: Some of the Ball Watches that I have Owned...

    Interesting Peter. I notice you have had the same model several times for a few notables like the Fireman and the Cleveland Express. At this point, we've had the same number. My Ball journey has been far more sporting models and not that many repeats. One other thing we have in common is no models from the Ball watch company of the past four to five years. I also see one that was mine before it was yours.
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