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    Re: What's happening with this brand?

    I knew something was going on. Thanks for the info.

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    thousands of Ball watches are at steep discounts on the grey market. That can't be good news.
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    As a fan of ball i love this.... Excellent watches available at excellent prices.

    Also, what's happening to ball threads are so dime a dozen I'm surprised the moderators don't ban them

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    Re: What's happening with this brand?

    Fingers crossed for a revamp.

    Always respected Ball b/c of their pocket watch provenance (I originally got into watches via PW) but felt, that over the years, their watches really strayed from their roots. The lineup became very disorganized and could not find a common thread between their respective collections.

    I'd like to see some more classic pieces that seize upon their RR heritage but update it for the modern world (easier said than done I'm sure).

    Good luck Ball!

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    Re: What's happening with this brand?

    Didn't they just release an in house movement? I doubt they would do that if they were about to go under.
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    Re: What's happening with this brand?

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    Didn't they just release an in house movement? I doubt they would do that if they were about to go under.
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    Re: What's happening with this brand?

    I've said it before; but I think it would be great for them if they are acquired by the likes of Swatch group / LVMH / Richmont.

    There might be a risk of the company disappearing in the masses (between the hamiltons, tissots, longines, TAG etc etc); however Ball being what they are - unique and niche I doubt that would happen. a Cash injection and some proper direction with their collection could only be beneficial as I believe this is what they have been lacking.

    They seem to be the only company (mid tier company anyway) pushing the boundaries of interesting additional, mechanical complications/features i.e. Magneto A-proof iris, mechanical temp gauge, springlock etc. With the addition of a in-house movement I doubt they are a company on the brink of going under.
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    Re: What's happening with this brand?

    double post
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    Re: What's happening with this brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cybotron View Post
    Everywhere you look thousands of Ball watches are at steep discounts on the grey market. That can't be good news. I've heard rumors from several sources that the brand is in trouble and won't survive. The other rumor is that they are relaunching and dumping old stock and revamping the lineup. I wish the brand well but it really makes you think.


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    hmm

    that looks like really old stock. none of it is current

    all i know is that in the UK Ball is expanding into new dealers ...

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    Re: What's happening with this brand?

    darn, don't see any of the ones i like in the discounted sections haha.

    I'm hoping for a Ball re-brand, I love a few of their pieces, but i'd say 80% of their exisiting stock is a bit gaudy for my taste despite being at the cutting edge of tech compared to the big brands.
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