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In 2019, bronze material- a patina-ready metal is well-liked by many watch enthusiasts around the world, thanks to its warm color gold. Ball Watch Company embraced this authentic material into their new Engineer III Pilot Bronze Star Ref. NM2186C-L4J-BE, which is the latest model by Ball and made in small limited numbers. Ball Watch Company introduces a pilot watch built to withstand extreme shock and provide unmatched luminosity.
|Ball Engineer III Pilot Bronze Star Blue Ref. NM2186C-L4J-BE|
Kicking things right away, the Engineer III Pilot Bronze Star is equipped with the patented Springlock and Amortiser systems to reduce shock impact, which help reduce the effects of shock while facilitating accurate timekeeping. In addition to the SpringLOCK technology, which cuts back on balance spring shock impact by 66%, the watches also feature Ball's patented Amortiser anti-shock system. This system consists of an antimagnetic ring that surrounds the movement and helps absorb any kind of shock caused by impact to the side of the case. A mumetal shield that ensures anti magnetic protection to 80,000 Am.
The case material of the bronze is made of CuSn8, which gives it a warmer yellow gold tone that will incur patina progressively, which is the main highlight. Many bronze watch adopters love the process as it is a genuine natural material that patinas away uniquely.
|Matte blue dial for high legibility|
Further, inside the Ball Engineer III you'll find the Ball automatic caliber RR1102. It's based off an ETA 2836 and provides reliable readings for hours, minutes, sweeping seconds, day, and date.
Once again, pilot watches are all about legibility, and since blue is always coveted by watch enthusiasts, Ball opted for a high-contrast matte blue dial with bold Arabic numeral hour markers and an aviation-inspired handset reminiscent of what you'd see on an altimeter and other essential flight instruments. The day-date indicator features darker text over a plain white date wheel for quick reference and offers an extra element of practicality most wearers will appreciate.
|14 micro gas tubes on hour, minute, second hands|
Overall, the new Engineer III Pilot Bronze Star Ref. NM2186C-L4J-BE is a wonderful new take from a traditional watchmaking brand. It offers a serious alternative to one who is searching for a robust watch made by a brand who is known well for making one, but have been waiting for something a little different.