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What a Tool

Post by Don Barzini » September 19th 2012, 5:57am

Picked up the 2012 Ball Skindiver this weekend. I wasn’t looking for it, but when it was shown to me I fell for it. I tend to be an impulse guy and rely on first impressions. And my first impression was this watch was different and I liked it. This is one of Ball’s tributes to the 60s/70s divers but I really didn’t care about that. What initially attracted me was the slender middle case and lugs which gently hugged the wrist despite a rather large and robust case back. I was taken by the raised bezel. And I really fell for the complex bracelet, which is just amazing – sturdy and somewhat heavy at only 2.5mm thick, no taper from the 20mm lugs, 11 rows of links, each set of links is independent and move freely (nothing is a welded link here)and at about 5mm per it hugs the wrist and gives the watch an effortless wearing feel. I liked the fact that the lumed numbers on the ceramic bezel seemed oversized, I loved the tritium paste filled hour markers, and I even liked the oddly asymmetrical day and date apertures. The lume, both tube based tritium on the dial and hands and whatever they are using on the bezel (reactor grade uranium it seems!), is terrific in low light and complete darkness. The bezel is firm and sure, without any play at 120 clicks. At 41mm it seems larger.

Mostly I liked that the watch shouted “Tool watch” and “I’m different, love me or hate me, I don’t give a rip.” And that is pretty much this watch – a divisive pot stirring design. I’ve read apoplectic rants (from people looking at pictures, not inspecting the watch) about the size of the bezel lume, the crazy day and date windows, the facts that the bezel sits up high and overhangs the case by about 1mm, the "cheap" clasp design (it is not at all), and the over-sized crown. Of course all of those design features are functional features for a dive tool watch. As for the whacky day/date, it is used on several other Ball models. Not sure I “get it,” but it doesn’t bother me and I enjoy something different.

At about $2500, I picked up mine for a fair piece under 2, out the door. And after 5 days, it is dead balls on +/- 0 secs/day.

My complaint – some A/R for Chrissake
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Re: What a Tool

Post by koimaster » September 19th 2012, 6:44am

Very nice looking watch, tool watch or not. Nice thread here about them http://forums.watchuseek.com/f239/skin-diver-photos-few-other-vintage-themed-comparisons-735644.html



Does that have the ETA 2836-2 movement in it or have they upgraded to an in-house movement?
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Post by koimaster » September 19th 2012, 7:59am

Don Barzini wrote:ETA and not one of their chronometer versions, thus the reasonable price.



I think it is a great purchase. Congrats on it. By the way, I do have a Breitling question for you. Been looking at picking one up but there are so many damn models it drives me nuts. Looking at a Superocean or the SO heritage but I like a nice, clean three hand over the chronos. Looked at a headwind also. Any suggestions?
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Post by themadhungarian » September 19th 2012, 8:43am

I absolutely love this watch and I hope to have some Balls one day.

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Re: What a Tool

Post by Don Barzini » September 19th 2012, 8:51am

Koi, The Superocean - old one, not the new rubber bezel thing - is one of my favorite. The Heritage is also nice and I have owned the 3 hand and Chrono versions, but I would always take a classic SO over a SOH.

Now the Headwind! This model that Breitling inexplicably made for only a couple years my favorite of all time. It is highly regarded by enthusiasts. So yeah, read between the lines.
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Post by Darksider » September 19th 2012, 9:12am

Don Barzini wrote:The Superocean - old one, both the new rubber bezel thing - is one of my favorite. The Heritage is also nice and I have owned the 3 hand and Chrono versions, but I would always take a classic SO over a SOH.

Now the Headwind! This model that Breitling inexplicably made for only a couple years my favorite of all time. It is highly regarded by enthusiasts. So yeah, read between the lines.


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Re: What a Tool

Post by Don Barzini » September 19th 2012, 1:59pm

jason_recliner wrote:Great looking diver Don - one of the smoothest balls I've seen.

But what's with the clasp? It isn't the usual solid Ball clasp.


It is very similar to the old Rolex clasp and is quite strong but thin and light. It is very comfortable. My personal opinion only is because the bracelet is designed so thin, they needed a thin clasp design lest it look awkward with the bracelet. It is solid as any other watch clasp I have had (except maybe the Sub C).
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Re: What a Tool

Post by eddiea » September 19th 2012, 2:21pm

Love the looks , the bracelet seems very confortable too...
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Re: What a Tool

Post by Don Barzini » September 19th 2012, 7:01pm

That is what I like about this forum - while other forums bitch and moan about minutia, most members here are "big picture" types.
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Re: What a Tool

Post by Don Barzini » September 19th 2012, 8:09pm

conjurer wrote:
Don Barzini wrote:That is what I like about this forum - while other forums bitch and moan about minutia, most members here are "big picture" types.


Well, the clasp kinda blows.


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