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Ball 130th Anniversary Engineer Moon Calendar Edition

Ball watches have a 130th anniversary special on sale right now. Here’s the word from Ball;

Rooted in purposeful watchmaking, the Engineer II Moon Calendar is a dress watch with distinction. From its artful moon phase display to its robust stainless steel, it is a timepiece designed to go everywhere your imagination leads.
Check out the promo video here;

 

Anniversary price: the Engineer II Moon Calendar is part of our 130th celebration, limited to 1000 pieces and is now available for pre-order until 24 November 2021 at an exclusive price of £1810.
Crafted from stainless steel, the 40mm case of the Engineer II Moon Calendar is tough enough to handle all the unexpected bumps of daily wear with smooth elegance. At a case thickness of just 13.4mm, this everyday watch ensures a comfortable wearing experience.
The clean white dial presents the perfect backdrop to highlight the blue moon phase indicator as well as the dates of the month marked on the outer edge of the dial. With 4 recessed pushers on the flanks of the case to control the adjustment of the complications, the design of the Engineer II Moon Calendar is unadulterated minimalism at its best.
Day, date, month, and moon phase.
The true calendar timepiece showcases sophisticated functionality with high legibility. The spacious day and month windows are perfectly complemented by the whimsical fourth hand and its crescent moon tip that indicate the date.
Not to be overshadowed, the moon phase display showcases our watchmaking prowess with elegance and precision, accompanied by markings that indicate the time it takes for the moon to complete one phases cycle: 29½ days. A timepiece full of complications, presented with simplicity.
More at the Ball website.

Ball Engineer Moonphase: Luxury Dress Watch

Ball has something different on the blocks; a moon phase dress watch. Rather than another variant on the dive/tool watch theme, this one has a classic style dial, plenty of gas tube lume, plus a day/month feature near the top of the dial that gives it that old school Swiss watch look.

It is still quite tall at over 13mm, so you won’t get that slimline feel and it has recessed pushers for the complications, bit like an early 80s digital watch, so you might find that a bit fiddly to operate.

At over £1800, it’s an expensive deal, even on pre-order. Limited to 1000 pieces but we can’t see this becoming a collectors item in the future.

Lovely see-thru caseback by the way, beautifully decorated movement.

Verdict; a Frederique Constant Moonphase Slimline does much the same basic moonphase job for £695, although it lacks the day/month features. An Oris Artelier Complication has an elegant appearance, does the month, day, date stuff and retails at £1240 – has that Swiss made kudos too.

Or you could buy a beautiful 1950s Hermes triple date from Japan that we spotted on eBay for under 800 quid – import tax on top. Yes, it’s an old vintage watch, but arguably will hold its value better than a new Ball. Just saying.

Cheers! The Citizen Root Beer Perpetual Chrono is The Boss

Citizen are always good value. No matter how much you love Swiss watches, and we do here at NWC mag, you have to admire Casio, Seiko and Citizen for constantly creating great looking watches with fab features, at Tissot Powermatic prices.

Take this new for 2021 `Root Beer’ flavour Perpetual AT model You get that rich brown n red colour combo that watch modders know and love. Plus atomic clock level timekeeping. Add on dual time, alarm function, power reserve indicator and a chunky 43mm case size and you have a tool watch, that kinda looks like a dress watch with its leather deployment clasp type strap.

Yep, that elegant Rotary steel/leather deployment touch adds a bit of everyday style to this number. But best of all, it costs just £429 and when you look at stuff like Hugo Boss, Armani or other fashion watchesn at this price point all you get is quartz battery stuff. PVD black cases and all that jazz.

Even the Swiss rivals aren’t offering solar cell power and perpetual calendar complications at around 400 notes. There’s a green dial variant at £499 too by the way.

More info here.

Watch Auctions Get Going Again: UK News & Sale Dates

Gardiner Houlgate are reporting that they saw record levels of interest in their last watch auction, which took place last week. The next sale is due on 24th June and the deadline for entries is the 5th of May.

As well as Swiss watches from well known names like Omega, Rolex, Breitling, TAG, IWC and more, GH also have job lots of spare parts, watchmakers tools, pocket watches, accessories, books etc.

Register to bid online, find out more at the GH website.

Fellows has their next watch auction lined up for 22nd June, with a varied range of classic watches on offer. We spotted a very nice Tudor Grantour auto, 42mm, black dial model by the way.

McTears has their next watch auction on 28th June. Ewbanks down in Surrey have their next watch event on 22nd July.

Interestingly, at the top end of the auction market Sotheby’s has reported that they’ve been taking over $1 million a week at their specialised luxury watch auctions. Some record prices have been set, but things may well be different at the lower end of the collector market, especially when the free furlough and business grant cash begins to run out in the UK.