Have they dropped the Ball??

Why does it seem that Ball doesn’t get much love? Like YouTubers seem to swerve them for the most part and they only seem to get mentioned from time to time.

But honestly I can’t understand why they don’t get more presence in the watch ether! They look great and I love that they use Tritium tubes for that everlasting lume.

They also have a great history with the American railroads with their pieces seemingly well built offering very good value for money.

So what’s the catch guys, why do they not seem to get much love? Is it because they are now Swiss owned and Americans don’t value them as much anymore? Has there been a dip in value?? Or they are actually very well valued but are just not in the public eye as much. People who own them love them!

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Ball isn’t the American brand you think they are anymore, and they don’t like you asking questions apparently. (It’s a very old post, but quite amusing). Not that it matters too much, but I believe they are now Asian-owned.

Personally… “meh”. That’s all you get. Tried a few, didn’t like them, never looked back.

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I will always remember this account of contacting an online dealer that gave his unsolicited observations on Ball.

https://thetruthaboutwatches.com/2020/09/ball-watches-how-not-to-sell-a-watch/

Before I could decide, the sales person felt obliged to share his opinion of the company’s products. “I hate BALL,” he admitted. “They break easily.”

The sales guy told me he’s come across several BALL watches that ran fast, or broke, that he had to send back. “They’re hit or miss,” he said with no small measure of disappointment. I knew the feeling.

Not that I asked, Sales Guy recommended an OMEGA Seamaster as a suitable alternative. “It’s a little more money and a thousand times better.”

I do have a special antipathy for companies that used to make things in the US. Supposedly steep discounts are available on Ball watches at the slightest suggestion, which implies that they are not at all worth what they initially ask.

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I buy some watches used and I just don't like handling another man's Balls.

But seriously I haven't seen a Ball that ever excited me enough to get me to go down the research rabbit hole.

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areI see plenty of mention on the internet for Ball watches. Have you searched WC using the search feature? Maybe not as much as Casio or Seiko but they mentioned.

Each site has different demographics and no one site is indicitive of this "ether" that you speak.

Try to find mention of Casio at TimeZone.😉

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Think it depends on the model. Really like this Engineer II Marvelight but the other models don’t do much for me. i think that’s the same with some other brands. I don’t see Tissot gets mentioned much here also. The big brands definitely get more attention here.

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I’ll never buy another Ball watch. The tritium tubes fade in a sadly brief time (about 13-14 years) and I’m stuck with either a ridiculous repair or an essentially unsaleable watch! I suggest you avoid Ball, sadly. 😕

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I quite like the idea of the magneto but I don't find most of their watches very exciting

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PoorMansRolex

I will always remember this account of contacting an online dealer that gave his unsolicited observations on Ball.

https://thetruthaboutwatches.com/2020/09/ball-watches-how-not-to-sell-a-watch/

Before I could decide, the sales person felt obliged to share his opinion of the company’s products. “I hate BALL,” he admitted. “They break easily.”

The sales guy told me he’s come across several BALL watches that ran fast, or broke, that he had to send back. “They’re hit or miss,” he said with no small measure of disappointment. I knew the feeling.

Not that I asked, Sales Guy recommended an OMEGA Seamaster as a suitable alternative. “It’s a little more money and a thousand times better.”

I do have a special antipathy for companies that used to make things in the US. Supposedly steep discounts are available on Ball watches at the slightest suggestion, which implies that they are not at all worth what they initially ask.

They break easily?!?!? Coming from a old Marine, avid CrossFit, and Excersize junky…I love Ball watches! They are absolutely bullet proof. I own three and the most beat to all outside is my Hydrocarbon GMT. That watch has been with me for awhile and has done some outlandish things. It was my beater for a long time and when ever I want to do something that I don’t want to worry about my watch but still want to wear something nice, then I ware/wear a Ball! Sorry, got a little triggered there, AD was probably talking about his dealing with the brand but I have enough military buddies that swear by their watches (i.e. Ball brand). Tritium is amazing for field watches after all!

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They are almost certainly made entirely in China and either assembled or just marked up in Switzerland to get the "Swiss Made" moniker. They may even just fake it. I wouldn't be surprised to hear them get fined for it at some point.

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Just waiting for the next Ball to drop.