Introducing the BALL Roadmaster GMT, Available Now at a Special Pre-Order Price

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That seems to be BALL’s thinking with its pre-order approach to new releases, which the brand has now done with three watches over the last half-year. Just last month, we wrote about the Engineer III King, and before that the new Engineer Master II Voyager and Engineer III Bronze/Silver Star. BALL’s latest steps away from the Engineer family and takes to the road—introducing the Roadmaster GMT.

In 2016, BALL brand ambassador (BALL calls them “BALL Explorers”) Danny Thompson made history when he broke his father’s (that’s the famous Mickey Thompson) land speed record by hitting 406.7mph in his piston-powered Challenger 2 streamliner at the historic Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah. The limited edition Roadmaster GMT honors that milestone.

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Introducing the Roadmaster GMT

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Putting the partnership aside for those who are wary of such things, the Roadmaster GMT stands on its own as a solid timekeeper. The case measures 42mm wide and 12.64mm thick and is available in stainless steel or DLC finish. The watch is anti-magnetic to 4,8000A/m and water resistant to 100m/330ft.In terms of BALL novelties, the Roadmaster GMT has quite a few of them. Micro gas tubes illuminate the hour, minute and GMT hands, as well as the dial. There’s also BALL’s patented Amortiser anti-shock system, which is a lock for the rotor that prevents the weight from damaging the movement in the event of a sudden shock. A necessity if you’re going over 400mph, but also good to have for a daily beater.

Aesthetically, the watch is not unlike those born out of BALL’s partnership with BMW, though the overall execution here comes across as a bit more playful with a greater emphasis on color. There are two versions on offer: a gray dial with a splash of red, and a black dial with blue.

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Powering the watch is BALL’s RR1201-C, a rebadged ETA 2893-2. With that comes an additional 24-hour hand for tracking a second timezone.

The watch comes with a metal band for the stainless steel model and a rubber strap with a pin buckle for the DLC version. An additional rubber strap can be had for $160, a blue NATO for $85, and a full set for $210.

Ball Roadmaster GMT - 1As was the case with previous pre-orders, BALL is offering the Roadmaster GMT in a limited run of just 1,000 pieces with buyer’s choice of edition number. Additionally, there is an option to engrave the case back.

All variants of the Roadmaster GMT are now available for pre-order for $1,659. This pricing will stay in effect until May 28, 2017. Pre-orders will ship between August and September, 2017. The Roadmaster GMT will be officially available this October at the full retail price of $2,999.


To pre-order, visit BALL.

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Ilya is worn&wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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  • GhostlyProduct

    “BALL Explorers” haha XD

    • 200 Fathoms

      Wow.

  • R Khalifa

    Waiting to see what the next generation Engineer III Diver is going to look like … Ball is definitely making some right choices aesthetically with their 2017 rollouts.

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