what do you guys think of Ball watches? I own a Tag Formula 1 (college grad present) and am looking to start building a collection now that funds are coming in. Ideally, something a bit more dressy than my sporty black dial Tag. I had planned to pick up a Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic (http://www.hamiltonwatch.com/en/ladies/american-classic/jazzmaster/viewmatic-auto/H32515555) as my dress watch...and probably still will (is this SF approved?)...but not next. The reason I'm looking into Ball - I was recently presented with the opportunity to pick one up at 60% off retail price from a friend working at an AD. This puts them into my $800-$1000 price range, and I figure I can get "more watch for the buck" as my research indicates good quality and a cool history. What do you guys think about the following two?
Both are available in different faces and straps...I'm leaning towards a silver face with a brown leather strap to be a bit more on the dressy side...but open to whatever
Whats the SF input on these? (apologies if this post should be in the poor man's watch thread - not sure where the dividing line is)
Ball watches not what I would call dressy. Go try one one and you will see for yourself. I did. The cases are too big, the hands are too rough. The tubes filled with tritium are simply ugly. In fact, I do not see a single reason for purchasing a Ball watch given the alternatives that exist in the market.
I know, I too wanted to like those watches, but every time I go to an AD I come out disappointed.
Also do not let the company history fool you: It is true that at some point in time there was an American company that produced watches for railroads, but that company does not exist any more, as the rights to use the name of the company were sold years ago.
It sounds like you need a dress watch and to me this means a leather strap, a thin profile and no complications. May I suggest a pre-owned Zenith or a vintage Omega? If that is too much $, go with a Seiko. Recently I have seen a picture of a nice dress Seiko in the "Poor man's watch thread" and it looked exceptionally nice. Many folks do not know this, but Seiko is actually one of the true watch manufacturers with a very long history of watchmaking. Their watches are not really appreciated in the West and it is a shame...