The US-based watchmaker Ball is launching a limited edition of watches to mark the 70th anniversary since the completion of the World War II. The piece is dedicated specifically to glider corps that were sent behind the enemy lines. The watch possesses all the cool Ball patented features, including the magnetic protection which is activated on request and visible on the case-back. Ball Engineer II Magneto Valor Limited Edition is placed inside a steel housing and it runs on the brand’s in-house automatic caliber. It is made in 399 copies and has the price tag of $3,555.
First of all, let us share a few words about the military men this restricted series is dedicated to. These are US glider corps which used engineless aircrafts to stealthily glide their way behind the enemy lines. During the flight, the only guidance to the desired direction was a compass magnet. This perilous flight was a one way trip and those men who had the luck of completing the journey were just beginning their efforts. After the flight was over, those brave men became the members of the guerilla infantry that fought way behind the enemy lines, in a hostile territory controlled by the Axis powers.
The US watch manufacturer opted to tribute these brave soldiers with the launch of a new limited edition, which is why the new watch has the term “Valor” in its name. As for the “Magneto” section, it designates the coolest feature of the watch. It refers to the magnetic protection that Ball made for the watch and which was performed in an unusual way. Instead of using movement components that are not affected with magnetic fields, Ball used a different approach.
Their solution was the inclusion of a special (and lovely looking) magnetic cover which can be activated at the press of a button. Once the cover is activated, the transparent case-back deploys a special iris-shaped cover that covers the back of the movement and guards it from magnetic fields.
It is also possible to see whether this cover is activated, without removing the watch from the wrist and checking its rear section. For this purpose, there is a window indication at the case-band. The entire system used for the purpose is named A-PROOF and it is efficient to fields up to the strength of 80,000 A/m.
Apart from the magnetic protection, the watch is also supplied with the brand’s own shock protection. The implemented system that was used allows the watch’s mechanism to be resistant to forces up to 5,000 Gs.
Speaking about the resistance of the watch’s construction, one should also mention that the watch is waterproof to 100 meters (or 330 feet).
Another usual watchmaker’s trait is the use of micro tubes for the luminous hour markers and hands of the dial. The three central hands have a yellow glow, whereas the one used for 12 hour markers is green.
Otherwise, the dial is deep gray and it features red accents on it. There is also an appropriate logo just below the center that indicates to whom the watch is dedicated. Additionally, its seconds hand with a counterweight in the shape of the brand’s insignia features a red tip, while hour and minute hands are made with hollowed triangular endings.
The trait that is visible on the face of the watch and which is not that appealing is its enormous flange with indications for seconds (Arabic numerals in ten seconds increments and bar shaped markers for 5-second positions). Its bigger size which makes the dial look kind of small is actually caused by the coolest feature of the watch, its magnetic cover which is normally stored right bellow it.
Ball Engineer II Magneto Valor Limited Edition is placed inside a round stainless steel case with the diameter of 42 mm and the thickness of 12.9 mm. It features a coin-shaped fixed bezel and sapphire crystals on both sides of the case, where the front one is glare-proofed. The band of choice is a calf leather strap that locks with a buckle.
The functioning of the watch is based on the brand’s BALL RR1103-CSL automatic caliber with COSC certification for a chronometer. Apart from three hands, it also shows the date. The commemorative Ball watch can be pre-ordered in July and it will reach the customers in August. Its price is $3,555.