Ball Creates the Simplest Horological Innovation of the Year:
The Roadmaster Marine GMT
Article By: Logan Hannen
FROM THE PRESS | JUNE 13, 2019
Ball is a watch company that has managed to exist pretty comfortably in the entry to mid-range of luxury watches for a long time. In spite of this, the brand has become known for a few interesting technological advancements in their time, including their use of tritium gas tubes as luminescence. They are also one of the only other watch brands out there to employ Rolex’s 904L stainless steel in their watches. And now, with the release of their new Roadmaster Marine GMT, the brand has done it again with something so obvious, it’s amazing it hasn’t actually been done before.
The Ball Roadmaster Marine GMT
Source: Ball Watches
Case Diameter: 40mm
Case Material: Titanium
Strap: Full Titanium Bracelet
Water Resistance: 200m
The Ball Roadmaster Marine GMT’s claim to fame will undoubtedly be the fact that it is the world’s first GMT watch to feature a day-date complication. While astonishing, it is true – no other brand has ever produced such a watch.
The Roadmaster Marine GMT is designed using a specially designed GMT movement that allows the GMT hand to be controlled by two function pushers on the left-hand side of the case, rather than through the crown, as is the more traditional method. The day and date are, however, set using the crown.
The Ball Caliber RR1203-C
The Roadmaster Marine GMT also features a bi-directional, true GMT bezel in the iconic Pepsi colorway (red and blue), allowing the user to technically be able to track up to three different time zones at once.
The watch also comes in two different dial variations – a black dial and a sunburst blue dial. Both dial options are identical apart from their base color, and include Arabic numerals at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock (formed from the aforementioned tritium gas tubes), as well as a double cutout for the day and date windows at 3 o’clock. The only other difference between the two models is the second hand. On the black dial, the second hand is light blue, and on the blue dial, the second hand is red.
Both variations are currently available for pre-order directly through Ball, and are limited to 1,000 total pieces. At the special pre-order price offered by the brand, the watches will cost $2,545, with an eventual retail price of $2,949.
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