Ball Watch Company continue with unprecedented skill and mastery as they produce yet another commemorative piece to express their admiration for a worthy cause.
As the world’s leader in conservation developments for waterfowl and the wetlands, Ducks Unlimited was started in 1937 and as a result of decades of dedication and focus, the organisation can now deliver its work multilaterally through a number of working partnerships, individuals and agencies. As a tribute to the positive work which has come about as a result of the growth and development in addressing the full range of factors responsible for eroding the habitats of waterfowl across North America, Ball Watch Company have designed a new Sportsman’s watch to communicate a number of admiral qualities found within the dedicated team and philosophy of the non-profit organisation. The special edition piece is limited to 1,937 pieces, a fitting reference to the birth year of Ducks Unlimited. Those who are already members of the conservation support group will have the privilege of securing their timepiece first in line once a release date is set for the watch. The Ball Engineer Master II Sportsman Ducks Unlimited model fortifies key strengths that have established their reputation over years of progression towards the foundation’s end vision “.. to fill the skies with waterfowl today , tomorrow and forever.”
Built with a titanium case which spans a diameter of 44mm and a height of 13.3mm, the Ball Sportsman Ducks Unlimited watch from the iconic Engineer Master II collection adopts a stealthy and robust attitude to withstanding extreme external forces. After spending some hands on time with the instrument, you will likely see the comparative elements found in that of the prestigious Master II collection, such as the crisp, angular dimensions and clean minimalist aesthetic – traits which have always been welcomed by us Ball devotees. Similarly adapted to protect against weathering conditions needed for the conservation work undergone at the Ducks Unlimited trust, the watch is equipped and ready for action, envisaging the perfect tool for the team working at the organisation. Housed underneath an anti-reflective and scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass which has been treated on both sides, the dial itself culminates a professional and contemporary appeal – these aspects in particular seem to lend themselves to the spacious diameter of the watch, leaving plenty of room to create good balance between features. Set on a black carbon dial, a set of chunky silver hour and minute hands mount the centre of the watch face, equipped with highly luminous gas tubes for legibility during the night or when faced with challenging light conditions. With a brightness superior to any other rival company’s luminescent paint, the gas tubes filled with H3, offer brightness x 100 and a lifespan stretching 25 years! The interior walls of the tubes are coated with luminescent material which diffuses a cold light when the tritium emitted electrons are released. The small vessels have also been applied to the baton style hour indexes which decorate the periphery of the dial, to create a breathtaking expression of incandescent beauty. A striking white day date function rests next the 3 o clock hour mark adding leverage to Ball’s objective in delivering high legibility with each new innovation. Additional features of the Engineer Master II Duck Unlimited watch include a shock resistance of up to 5000GS and anti-magnetic capabilities of 4,800A/m. You will also appreciate that the timepiece is protected against remarkable water depths of 1000 feet and includes a solar compass. The watch’s weapon of reliability, the automatic calibre BALL RR1102 performs faithfully, offering an impressive power reserve once fully wound. For those of you who prefer a versatile edge to your watch, the new Engineer Master II adapts well to any situation or event with its authentic, military grade, water resistant nylon strap to reiterate the timepiece’s durability and endurance as well as its imperative role in protection against cold weather and water damage. One impressive touch amongst its strong urge to retain stamina and encourage great patience when faced with challenging uncertainty, is the detailing to theback of the solid case. The limited edition DU markings on the rear of the titanium case emanate proudly, transforming the timepiece into a trophy of endearment and capturing a shared sense of those fulfilments achieved by the ever-growing success of the organisation.
Whether it be a love of waterfowl and conservation work, a passion for the great outdoors or an interest in highly refined, mechanically engineered Swiss tools of time, the Ball Engineer Master II Ducks Unlimited Limited Edition watch remains a high flyer on all levels. Pre-ordering information can be found here.