I had not worn a watch for years and recently decided to get one. I got a Luminox to wear daily and was so enamored with the tritium that I wanted some more. I bought a Praetorian and an MWC and really wanted a high end watch with tritium. After discovering Ball I had to have one so I bought a Engineer Hydrocarbon. It is under warranty From 9/27/2013 and the tritium is very disappointing and not at all what I expected. I specifically picked this one because I assume it would be brighter than the ones I have so far. I really liked the double width tubes and just love the watch. I checked it out in the dark and was shocked. I got a MWC that is also green and compared the two and was even more shocked. The MWC is a 400 dollar watch. I would expect a 2000 + dollar ball with double wide tubes to be much brighter. Below are images of the watches I am talking about. I will take a comparison shot and post later but for know this is all I have.
I would like return it but it was an ebay purchase and in talking with the seller I can tell that he was not aware of this. I am sure it was sold in good faith so I cant fault the seller. It was definitely an individual and not a volume seller of anything.
I would just call Ball but it is the weekend and I am dying to know if they will cover this and replace the tubes. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of something like this?
Any input is greatly appreciated.
I had no idea what I was getting into in photographing images like this so apologies for the crappy quality. After an hour on my bathroom floor and getting something decent I was done.
Left is the Ball Hydrocarbon, on the Right the MWC. They are both labeled T25 and to the best of my knowledge the tritium comes from the same manufacturer. I had to set the exposure to 6 seconds and set the camera on the floor to get it a sharp images.
Images are all from the sellers of these. 1. is the Ball, 2. is the tritium picture, 3. is the MWC for reference.