I have literally spent nearly every night for years, reading thread after thread. I've never written a peep. I have a modest collection of watches, that I hold dearly. My most recent acquisition is a Ball Hydrocarbon Spacemaster. It is such a fine piece for the money, I felt like I needed to say something for once! It is the most accurate automatic I've ever encountered. I regret the proprietary bracelets and straps, but otherwise couldn't be happier with the fit and finish. I absolutely love this forum. I'm sorry to have stayed quiet so long. I called around the Houston area, and discovered there are no dealers anymore. Has Ball become factory direct?