Ball has just announced a limited edition of 1,000 World Time Chronographs built around their Engineer II format. Placing an automatic mechanical movement that includes day-date, chronograph, and world-time complications into a classically styled 44 x 16.2-millimeter case for under $2,000, Ball may have just offered up a bargain.
Ball has dubbed this movement—a base 7750 with a world time complication— the RR1502, and while it isn’t breaking any thinness records, given the functionality and size, this is squarely a pilot’s watch for which the bulk is appropriate. More specifically, I’d call this a commercial pilot’s watch, able to track the world’s time zones while offering up elapsed time measurement via the chronograph for (what would have been decades ago) navigational purposes.
As with all of Ball’s offerings, the World Time Chronograph includes tritium gas-filled luminescent tubes, 19 of them in this case. Love ‘em or hate ’em, they’re unique, never go dark, and in the context of this specific watch are well integrated into the densely packed dial.