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Am torn between the Ionosphere (black dial) and the Trainmaster Powerglow. In favor of the Powerglow is the 41mm size instead of 43mm and perhaps a nicer bracelet. In favor of the Ionosphere is the sporty look and great dial.

Any opinions between the two?? I know it is subjective.

Is the movement in the Powerglow (non 7750) any better?

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Hmmm... difficult to say, as you are comparing the two different complications - PR vs. chrono. I dig the Power Glow with its luminated, linear PR, and it doesn't seem to be as common as the Ionosphere.

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I think the Powerglow is a little more unique than the Ionosphere.

The linear (and glowing) power reserve meter is truly original. Plus, I would lean towards the Powerglow because I prefer that bracelet.

Either way, you are going to be getting a nice watch!
 

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I had the Ionosphere, and while nice, it was essentially a chronograph Fireman--only really useful if you need those extra complications (I didn't),though if I did, I would have gone for the Skylab, which I found much more appealing (though I sold it too). The Power Glow would be my choice as it is less complicated, looks and wears great, with or without the bracelet.
 

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Well It would be the Ionosphere for me, because I own one! :-!

To me a PR is a good to have, but its not a useful function, more of a aesthetic one.

But either would be a great choice in your collection b-)

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Kelwatches
 

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Just wondering, how does that linear PR actually work?

If the whole tube is tritum, then wouldnt it glow no matter what the power reserve is?

if it isnt, do you mean that the glowing portion shortens as the power reserve gets depleted?
 

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I am guessing something moves back and forth to cover or reveal the PR glowing indicator.

Just wondering, how does that linear PR actually work?

If the whole tube is tritum, then wouldnt it glow no matter what the power reserve is?

if it isnt, do you mean that the glowing portion shortens as the power reserve gets depleted?
 

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I am guessing something moves back and forth to cover or reveal the PR glowing indicator.

ah just found this piece of info online.


"On the Trainmaster Power Glow, the linear power reserve indicator will move slowly to the left, disappearing completely when the watch stops. During manual winding or when the watch is worn, the reserve indicator will move toward the right."



 

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can somebody link me to the trainmaster power glow with illuminated reserve?

ball's website shows the trainmaster power reserve, but says nothing about an illuminated reserve and ball usa's website is horribly out of date.

thanks!

btw, based on the trainmaster pr versus the ionosphere, that's a tough one, it really depends on how you plan on wearing it.

every day wear, including any rugged or water activities, the ionosphere. more casual wear, office work etc, the trainmaster. my 2c of course, i'm sure you will enjoy either.
 

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can somebody link me to the trainmaster power glow with illuminated reserve?

ball's website shows the trainmaster power reserve, but says nothing about an illuminated reserve and ball usa's website is horribly out of date.

thanks!

btw, based on the trainmaster pr versus the ionosphere, that's a tough one, it really depends on how you plan on wearing it.

every day wear, including any rugged or water activities, the ionosphere. more casual wear, office work etc, the trainmaster. my 2c of course, i'm sure you will enjoy either.
Thanks for all the comments - I went with the Ionosphere, black dial with silver subdials. Will post pics and a review once it arrives....
 
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i had the same problem. i liked both of these exact watches. i went with the ionosphere as well. as someone said earlier, the power glow is less common, but i have never seen anyone with a Ball Watch in person; so either way you are unique. As for your comment on ballwatchusa.com, what is up with that site? it is a joke compared to ballwatch.com. why is it so dated? is it an official site? i am surprised i haven't seen ads for the ford escort or the upcoming season of "saved by the bell" on their website.
 
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