BALL’s Marvelight Engineer III stopwatch gets a splash of color


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The history of the BALL Watch Company dates back to the end of the 19and century when a major train collision in Ohio – caused by the inaccuracy of a train engineer’s watch – resulted in the death of several people. BALL Watch founder Webster Clay Ball was tasked with creating strict chronometric accuracy standards for all watches used in association with American railroad companies. Since then, BALL Watch has built its name on producing rugged mechanical watches with an emphasis on superior shock resistance, anti-magnetism, water resistance, readability and precision. While BALL now has an impressively diverse catalog filled with various genres of watches, the brand has not forgotten its roots; many BALL watches feature a counterweight inscribed with the letters “RR”, which stands for “railway”. With numerous technical specifications and an aesthetic that straddles the line between classic and modern, the Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer is one of the brand’s most versatile and impressive watches. Zoom on what has become one of the brand’s flagship models.

The Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer features a classic silhouette marked by a 40mm stainless steel case with a relatively short lug-to-lug measurement of 46.6mm and a thickness of 15mm. The Engineer III Marvelight’s case shape and angled lugs allow it to hug the wrist and wear it quite comfortably. The case is fully mirror polished which makes it pop off the wrist and looks a little dressier than it would otherwise. Like the case, the bracelet is defined by seductive lines that are both sporty and elegant. The bracelet features vertically brushed “H” links and mirror polished center links. The two finishes complement each other well, with the mirror polish matching the finish of the case and the vertical brushing providing a nice visual contrast.

While the Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer was traditionally only available in grey, navy blue and black, BALL recently unveiled three new dial colors: green, ice blue and red. Like the previous colorways, these three new dials sport a beautiful sunburst finish. As a result, each dial will show a spectrum of colors depending on the light.

Green, for example, ranges from a deep forest green in low light conditions to a bright, almost fluorescent green in sunlight. The red colorway is differentiated from other colors by a black gradient finish at the chapter ring and reveals a brilliant ruby ​​red hue as it moves towards the center of the dial. The ice blue color will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Tiffany blue – the new “it” color in the watch world. However, thanks to its sunray finish, it’s a bit more vibrant (and arguably more interesting) than a matte Tiffany dial.

The dial design uses a “less is more” approach that allows the sunburst dial, enlarged date window and large luminous markers to take center stage. Those familiar with the BALL Watch brand will be familiar with its patented gas tubes, which provide superior brightness and excellent low-light readability. About 100 times brighter than conventional luminous paints, BALL lume uses state-of-the-art Swiss technology that encapsulates H3 gas in glass microtubes. When the H3 molecules strike the inner surface of the tubes, light energy is released. Perhaps most notably, BALL’s patented gas tubes do not require recharging from an outside light or power source. Featuring 14 micro gas tubes, the Engineer Marvelight III chronometer hour markers glow bright green (and yellow at 12 o’clock) in the dark.

Despite its relatively shiny outer appearance, the Engineer III Marvelight can still be classified as a tool watch. Antimagnetic up to 80,000 A/m and waterproof up to 100 meters, the piece has impressive technical characteristics. It is powered by BALL’s automatic caliber RR1103-C, a modified version of the ETA 2824, which is known as one of the most reliable and easy to maintain movements on the market today. Besides being a workhorse, the RR1103-C is accurate by COSC Chronometer standards (an impressive +6/-4 seconds per day). Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, the movement has a power reserve of approximately 38 hours.

Additionally, BALL has equipped the Engineer III Marvelight with a “mu-metal” anti-magnetic shield, allowing the watch to withstand magnetic fields of up to 1,000 Gauss. Mu-metal – an alloy composed of nickel, iron, copper and molybdenum – has extremely high magnetic permeability which allows the watch to attract and deflect static or low frequency magnetic field lines.

Simply put, the Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer is a watch suitable for all occasions and an excellent overall representation of the BALL Watch brand. At the price of $2,349, it’s versatile, capable and now available in a variety of exciting colorways. Learn more on the BALL website.

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