BALL Watch Company Engineer II Magneto S
Angus Davies provides a watch review of the highly innovative BALL Watch Company Engineer II Magneto S which proffers excellent anti-magnetic properties, impressive shock resistance and a magnificently clear dial display.
This detailed review of the BALL Watch Company Engineer II Magneto S includes live images, specification details and price.
In September 2015, my daughter leaves the relative comfort and security of the family home and embarks on a new phase of her life, studying at university for four years. Isobel is a delightful 18 year-old. She has quietly grown up with minimal fuss, evolving into an effervescent and charming young lady who illuminates a room, albeit I concede that many proud fathers probably express similar sentiments.
It seems like only yesterday that she would return home from nursery and request that I pretend to be Tinky-Winky from BBC’s Teletubbies, a role I readily adopted on numerous occasions. Now the prospect of my eldest child leaving home is a looming and daunting prospect.
Being a parent necessitates the responsible adult to impart wisdom. As my ‘baby’ seeks independence, my wife and I endeavour to equip her with much knowledge and a multitude of skills to ensure she enjoys a long, healthy and safe independent life.
Two particular appealing facets of my daughter’s character are her trusting nature and affectionate disposition. However, a genuine concern is that some ‘ne’er-do-well’ will ensnare my ingénue-like baby and exploit these attractive traits.
The problem with beautiful, delicate objects is that they are susceptible to harm. I often catastrophize that someone will break my Isobel’s precious heart. Similarly, a mechanical watch movement is intrinsically fragile and easily damaged, protective care is essential to ensure reliable service.
Anti-magnetic and shock resistant
If one considers the numerous parts which unite to form a watch movement, they are incredibly small, manufactured to exacting tolerances and positioned very close to each other. Micro components can be subject to damage or adverse influence when exposed to shocks or magnetic fields.
I always stress to friends the need to remove their watch when playing a round of golf or a vigorous game of squash, the shocks to the movement are potentially catastrophic.
In some professions, exposure to magnetic fields can, again, prove very undesirable.
BALL Watch Company has gained an enviable reputation for some of its timepieces, blessed with hewn from granite solidity. The brand has produced some extremely robust watches over the years, harnessing highly innovative know-how to counter the potentially harmful effects of extreme accelerative forces and strong magnetic fields. However, the Engineer II Magneto S takes this to a whole new level with its A-PROOF® anti-magnetic device, capable of withstanding magnetic fields up to an astonishing record intensity of 80,000A/m and an impressive shock resistance of up to 5,000Gs.
The A-PROOF® anti-magnetic device incorporates Mumetal, an alloy of nickel, iron, copper and moylbdenum. This alloy bestows a degree of anti-magnetism which surpasses the usual soft iron typically employed.
Moreover, the watch is equipped with “an ingenious diaphragm mechanism that extends or retracts at will by simple circular motion of the bezel”. When the high level of anti-magnetic tolerance is not required, the wearer can rotate the bezel to reveal the inner beauty of the timepiece and enjoy the spectacle of seeing a Swiss Made automatic movement at work.
The black dial of this watch is combined with rectangular-shaped batons to denote the hours along with bold, highly legible hour and minute hands. There is little risk of misinterpreting the prevailing time.
Encircling the periphery of the dial, Arabic numerals denote each 10-minute integer and, together with short strokes, enhance ease of interpretation.
The inventory of functions is completed with a green central sweep seconds hand, incorporating the BALL Watch Company logo as a counterweight, and a date display, located adjacent the crown.
During the day, the dial display is an object lesson in the peerless elucidation of time. However, this quality does not pale with the onset of nocturnal hours, remaining simple to read, courtesy of 15 micro-gas tubes, irrespective of available light.
There is a palpable sense of welcome honesty with the BALL Watch Company Engineer II Magneto S. Indeed, it does not masquerade as the last word in haute horlogerie but delivers many virtues, including chronometer status, delivered at a modest asking price of £2510.00 (RRP as at 16.4.2015).
I found the watch accorded a comfortable fit and evinced a masculine persona without appearing unduly cumbersome or needlessly outlandish. On the contrary, I would suggest that this is a handsome timepiece that is ideally suited to an active lifestyle.
Ultimately, this watch strikes an ideal mix of robustness when needed, but freely opens its inner thought processes, courtesy of the ingenious diaphragm system. Perhaps my daughter should spend a little time with the BALL Watch Company Engineer II Magneto S in order to learn when to employ a safety mechanism and when it is appropriate to share her inner thoughts.
- Model: BALL Watch Company Engineer II Magneto S
- Reference: NM3022C-NCJ-BK
- Case: Stainless steel; diameter 42.00mm; height 12.90mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; date.
- Movement: Caliber BALL RR1103-CSL, self-winding movement.
- Strap: Black cordura strap presented on a stainless steel pin buckle.
- Price: £2510.00 (RRP as at 16.4.2015)