Bertucci Introduces the Ballista Line, A Series of Stealthy, Tactical Field Watches

Bertucci is a Chicago based brand with a specialty in rugged field watches. Their new Ballista line is a series of three watches with a stealthy vibe and a tactical, blacked out look. Watches in the Ballista range use quartz movements, which keep costs down and overall reliability high. The three watches here range in price from $195 to $395, making them compelling choices if you’re after a simple weekend beater that you don’t have to worry much about, or an inexpensive daily wear field watch that can stand up to some abuse. Let’s take a closer look.

Bertucci Ballista Field Watches

The A-5S with tritium gas tubes.
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Dial: Black
  • Dimensions: 40mm – 45mm 
  • Crystal: Sapphire     
  • Water Resistance: 200 meters             
  • Movement: Swiss Quarz
  • Strap/bracelet: Nylon
  • Price: $195 – $395
  • Reference Number: A-2S, E-1S, A-5S
  • Expected Release: Available now 


The simplest and least expensive Ballista is the A-2S. This watch is sized at 40mm, with a 4:00 crown and thick lugs that are likely to give this one a sense of wrist presence beyond its measurements. The dial layout is that of a traditional field watch with a bit of a twist. Big sword hands point toward stark white numerals, which is certainly what you’d expect in a field watch, but the date display contained within a subdial at 4:00 is a little different, and it gives the A-2S just a hint of style without sacrificing too much in the way of traditional field watch aesthetics. 

Next up is the E-1S, a field watch with a large, tonneau shaped case measuring 44 x 55mm. Like the other watches in this collection, the case has a black ION coating to give it a clean and tactical look. The dial is based on field watch designs from the 1940s, and the E-1S’s quartz movement gets power from a 10 year battery, making this a great, low maintenance option. 

Last but not least is the A-5S. This one is similar in case shape to the A-2S, but it’s a full 5mm larger at 45mm in diameter. The A-5S is set apart from the rest of the line through its use of tritium tubes for illumination. These tubes provide constant illumination to the hands and hour markers for 25 years. While this is the most expensive Ballista at $395, it’s a budget friendly way to get into tritium gas microtubes if that’s a corner of the watch world you’ve been curious to experiment with. 

The Ballista series is available now from Bertucci. Bertucci

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.