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Greetings,
First post. Never heard of Ball in 2018. Going into 2020 I own five. You could accuse me of getting carried away but I love the lot. It all started with a Submarine Warfare preorder. Then I saw a Trainmaster 60 Seconds and thought it was the perfect Sunday watch, although I don't go to church. The Roadmaster Raffles was a bargain and so absolutely stunning in person. So I put down my foot and said enough! Then Ball goes and releases the Engineer Hydrocarbon Original, which is the Ball grail watch of all time -- believe me! That leaves a Pepsi Roadmaster Vanguard which I have no recollection of preordering. ;)

Why, you might ask? I enjoy watching the sweeping hands of time. I got other brands of watches. I'm not comfortable wearing collectables in public. The Balls fly under the radar yet I admire them as much as some more expensive brands I have.

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One's an accident, two's a coincidence, but three or four--I think you're pretty much driving the car here (engineering the train?)--welcome to the club, you've got some great watches, and as I particularly like the vintage style, I love your 60 Seconds--wear them all in good health.
 

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Its very easy to become enamored with Ball watches. I have two and could easy buy more if I had the budget. They are not your run of the mill watches and have an identity of their own. You have a great collection. I love the Submarine Warfare. It was a toss up for that or the Deepquest, but in the end I went for the deepquest after getting a good deal from one of the members on here. I envy you having five!
 

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The Vanguard isn't a GMT, it's a dual time.
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Im waiting for someone to put their Raffles up for sale, though I should probably just buy one new before they sell out.
Great collection. I too have kinda accidentally built up a collection. I'm at 6 and plan on getting down to 2.

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Dear Lord the Roadmaster with the red bezel is stunning.
 
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Beautiful collection.

Great taste, especially in your straps.

Enjoy them.
 

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I thank you all! My pleasure to share. I believe Ball's design aesthetic has evolved over the past year as they've pushed the envelope, technically. They're making much needed improvements to the Roadmaster bracelet and have broken unchartered ground in Tritium dial design. The H3 tubes buried beneath the sandwich dial on my Hydrocarbon Original look like ivory inlays in light. And no other watchmaker I know of is making illuminated sapphire infinity bezels with Tritium tubes hidden inside. Ball has started doing one of a kind design.
 

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What a beautiful collection you got there. Although I have the Engineer Hydrocarbon, I secretly admire my wife's Victory and is such a lovely daily office wear watch. In that same vein, I love the Trainmaster you got. Great looking watch with that nice vintage feel to it. |>
 

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Im waiting for someone to put their Raffles up for sale, though I should probably just buy one new before they sell out.
Great collection. I too have kinda accidentally built up a collection. I'm at 6 and plan on getting down to 2.

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What have you got and why the downsize? Like the OP I seem to be moving in the opposite direction!
 

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What have you got and why the downsize? Like the OP I seem to be moving in the opposite direction!
I was like the OP as well. I keep seeing models I liked so if buy them. Six watches later, I realized maybe I got a little too crazy.
One of them is still in the mail.
My Ball collection:
Engineer Master II Diver (the newer version with one crown)
Train Master First Flight
Roadmaster GMT
Train Master eternity
BMW GMT
Engineer Master II Voyager


Pretty sure I'm going to keep the Eternity for my dress watch. Not sure what else I'm going to keep.

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A husband and wife were arguing...
WIFE: Honey, you said no more watches!
HUSBAND: I did not! I said... No, more watches.
 
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A beautiful collection. (Nearly) Like you, I went from zero to four in the space of just over a year. I love them all but like fungo45 I'll be cutting back next year to no more than one. I do have a reason - my hands are finding screw-down crowns increasingly difficult to manage - so I'll probably just keep the Fireman Glory as a black dress watch. To my eyes its simplicity makes it perfect, especially on a good strap, even though it was the cheapest of the four I currently own.
 

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Can someone who's owned a Ball watch for over 5 years comment on the lume dying? I read that it's very expensive to replace those tritium tubes. This has been stopping me, along with the fact they are now owned by a Chinese company. Will the quality go down? And will the prices go down, similar to what happened to Glycine? Would love your thoughts on this, I've passed on Ball watches because of those two concerns.
 
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