Ball watches are being sold under the motto: “Accuracy under adverse conditions,” and have a certain macho, utilitarian, adventurous reputation, so it’s a bit strange fact that Ball Engineer Master II GMT Pilot was designed by a woman.
Magali Métrailler is the designer responsible for the Ball for BMW collection, and she also created a series of famous Master Compressor Jaeger-LeCoultre.
The designer has done a good job because the watch looks sporty, dynamic, yet readable, reduced and elegant. Markers with tritium tubes are “trademark” of Ball watches. In this case, the GMT hand could be placed a little bit lower, tritium tubes are “sunk” into the surface of digits. This, of course, does not diminish their visibility, but gives a slightly different appearance compared to other Ball watches. GMT hand is recognizable Rolex Explorer, swept appearance and contains only a Super Luminova. Lack of H3 tubes gives a more traditional appearance of GMT pointer but it seems a little less bright than the rest of the markers. Magali Metrailler set the minute markers on the inner rim of a bezel, which greatly relieves the dial, giving greater readability to it, as well as certain depth and 3D appearance. As usual for this category and GMT-like design,(luminescent) 24h markers are located on the bi-directional rotating aluminium bezel.
The dial is black with fine texture, matte surface that contributes to the contrast and readability. In the middle there is a discreet and unobtrusive graphical representation of the network of meridians and parallels that resembles GMT characteristic of this model. The dial is covered with sapphire crystal with anti-reflexive coating. In accordance with the utilitarian nature of the Ball, the Engineer Master II GMT Pilot boasts resistance to shocks from 5000G, the case has a non-magnetic properties and water resistance of 100m.
The casing is made of stainless steel measuring 43mm x 11,9mm. What this model stand out from the rest of Ball’s offer is a cover of the crystal that allows a view of the mechanism.
The watch comes with a beautiful and relatively original metal bracelet (ref. GM3090-SAJ-BK) or on the black strap made of crocodile skin (ref. Llaja-GM3090-BK) with red stitching that fits perfectly to red accents on the dial. Although the metal bracelet is almost always a better choice, in this case, a variant with a leather belt impression of a sporty elegance and your watch can be easily wear in more formal occasions.
Mechanism is an automatic ETA 2893 that Ball calls RR1201. Price of Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT watch is $2,500. A price can always be discussed, but we would say that in this case, roughly corresponding price.