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New Ball Watches

Post by mechnut » Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:17 am

Several new Ball watches available for preorder.
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I would be all over this model if it was 42-44mm and dropped the Day indicator. Love the curved dial.
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40mm GMT offerings in black, blue, and Pepsi configurations.
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43 and 40mm size options as well as various black, blue, and green dial/bezel combinations.


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Post by ericf4 » Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:31 am

I like that first one.

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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by mattcantwin » Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:41 am

Variety - three different handsets.
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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by CGSshorty » Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:33 am

They always get close, but screw something up. The first one would be so much better without the day window.
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Post by tattoo chef » Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:50 am

CGSshorty wrote:They always get close, but screw something up. The first one would be so much better without the day window.
I disagree. I love the day/date and think it looks great on this model. First ball watch I really have liked in a long time.


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Post by ericf4 » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:07 am

The issue w ball is they have always locked themselves out of many cool design options due to using tubes. They need to dump that shit and open new possibilities while using tubes on some models rather than trying to jam them in most/all models

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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by sierra11b » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:21 am

First one doesn’t use tubes. I like the one in the middle and think tubes are part of what makes a Ball, but tubes sure do scare me. A failed tube would piss me off to no end.
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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by CarloDWC » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:21 am

CGSshorty wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:33 am
They always get close, but screw something up. The first one would be so much better without the day window.
Or at least they could use a black day wheel... :grin:

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Post by CGSshorty » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:38 am

30 seconds on my iPhone made it looks better.

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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by tattoo chef » Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:15 am

sierra11b wrote:First one doesn’t use tubes. I like the one in the middle and think tubes are part of what makes a Ball, but tubes sure do scare me. A failed tube would piss me off to no end.
Look again. It’s a combo. Hands have tubes, markers are printed superluminova.


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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by HapaHapa » Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:24 am

Tritium tubes don’t do it for me. Very cool concept but they look odd.
The first one looks typical sub clone good, except for handset with tubes. It might grow on me, might not. First glance those hands are out of place, but maybe they balance with the crown lock?
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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by mechnut » Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:46 am

CGSshorty wrote:30 seconds on my iPhone made it looks better.

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Black date wheel, please. The bezel uses “gas tubes” for lume as well. Looks cool, but overly complicated. I wonder about contamination getting trapped between the insert and bezel.
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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by tattoo chef » Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:25 am

mechnut wrote:
CGSshorty wrote:30 seconds on my iPhone made it looks better.

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Black date wheel, please. The bezel uses “gas tubes” for lume as well. Looks cool, but overly complicated. I wonder about contamination getting trapped between the insert and bezel.
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I’d have to get more info or see in person not those don’t look like tubes in the bezel at all, just big blocks of superluminova compound. I could be wrong but they don’t look like tubes.


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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by raf42 » Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:29 am

tattoo chef wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:15 am
sierra11b wrote:First one doesn’t use tubes. I like the one in the middle and think tubes are part of what makes a Ball, but tubes sure do scare me. A failed tube would piss me off to no end.
Look again. It’s a combo. Hands have tubes, markers are printed superluminova.
I don't think there is any superluminova. I believe they have gas tubes under the indices on the dial as well as the bezel, so the first one only has the "obvious" tubes on the hands. This is the best use of tubes I've seen on any of their watches since hands aside, you get tritium glow on everything w/o seeing tubes.

Not crazy about the crown lock or day/date in white, but could probably live with it. Overall it's attractive and sized nicely.

Edit: found this - "The matte black features for the first time, its iconic gas tubes underneath the main dial paired with the ones on its broad sword handset"

Price well under msrp on Gnomon: https://www.gnomonwatches.com/products/ ... 18b-scj-bk

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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by tattoo chef » Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:12 am

^^^^
I stand corrected. Interesting use of tubes. I’m not a fan of tubes but this seems like a better use of them as far as aesthetics are concerned.


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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by AtomicTom » Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:48 am

You have to hand it to Ball. Even though they have been around a long
time they seem to have this cool way of keeping things fresh, and new.
It's like Matt pointed out with the variety thing. It really is the spice of
life. :) Although can see why the tubes theme can turn people off, and
think it would be great if they did have tubeless collections also. :thumbsup:

It would honestly be the best of both worlds !!

Thanks so much for the news about all of these Roger !

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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by Torrid » Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:15 pm

tattoo chef wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:50 am
CGSshorty wrote:They always get close, but screw something up. The first one would be so much better without the day window.
I disagree. I love the day/date and think it looks great on this model. First ball watch I really have liked in a long time.


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Agree. With my job and weird hours day/date is a must.

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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by dnslater » Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:42 pm

Day dates and other complications are what make Ball.... Ball. The 40mm GMT is interesting.

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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by Abmw » Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:21 pm

raf42 wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:29 am
tattoo chef wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:15 am
sierra11b wrote:First one doesn’t use tubes. I like the one in the middle and think tubes are part of what makes a Ball, but tubes sure do scare me. A failed tube would piss me off to no end.
Look again. It’s a combo. Hands have tubes, markers are printed superluminova.
I don't think there is any superluminova. I believe they have gas tubes under the indices on the dial as well as the bezel, so the first one only has the "obvious" tubes on the hands. This is the best use of tubes I've seen on any of their watches since hands aside, you get tritium glow on everything w/o seeing tubes.

Not crazy about the crown lock or day/date in white, but could probably live with it. Overall it's attractive and sized nicely.

Edit: found this - "The matte black features for the first time, its iconic gas tubes underneath the main dial paired with the ones on its broad sword handset"

Price well under msrp on Gnomon: https://www.gnomonwatches.com/products/ ... 18b-scj-bk
Thanks for the link. Real life pictures look much better. Having owned several in the past but I would never buy new. They depreciate too much. The gas tube are awesome at night though.
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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by dinexus » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:05 am

Do people even buy these watches anymore? This brand has been releasing new stuff at a breathtaking clip for the last 18 months, but you literally never see them on the FS forums, or on owner wrists on IG.

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Re: New Ball Watches

Post by jimyritz » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:47 am

I like the GMT one.....I had a Ball Spacemaster a while back---Heaviest watch I have ever owned... I didn't care for the crown protector...

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