BALL For BMW GMT Chronometer Limited Edition 1000 Pieces Swiss 42mm Blue Dial


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Ball has been an official partner of BMW cars for a few years now, and the timepieces they have released together have for the most part been really nicely designed. This comes from someone who isn’t even generally a big BMW fan (though I have to say that the new 7 series looks pretty nice). The Ball For BMW GMT Limited Edition is a collection of yet more pleasant-looking daily sport watches that will be available in six versions (this time around). That is three models in black DLC-coated steel cases and another three versions in natural steel cases matched to steel bracelets. You can choose from a slate gray, blue, or black dial option in either case style. 

The BMW branding is subtle but well-done. You see a small BMW circular logo next to the date window, and that is pretty much it aside from some branding on the caseback. Note that you can actually opt to order one of these watches with or without the BMW logo – which is very interesting as well. What makes the Ball For BMW special is that the entire collection has a distinctive design language that makes them different from other Ball brand watches. Moreover, the design language of the Ball For BMW watches is modern and edgy, just the like the automobiles that they are meant to thematically go with. Part of that means it isn’t weird if you have a Ball For BMW watch without owning one of the cars – since that really isn’t the point, as far as I see it. Further, these feel as though they are more meant to be a design collaboration between watch and car – so if you like the philosophy behind BMW cars, you might like these watches too. 

At 42mm wide and 12.64mm thick, the Ball For BMW GMT is a comfortable and versatile timepiece on the wrist. The relatively thin bezel allows for maximum dial space, which is both legible and expansive. Ball designed this and other Ball For BMW watches with intricate dials, even though the various textures and decorative elements don’t really get in the way of legibility. That is in part thanks to the broad hands and prominent hour markers. Note that these are of course Ball watches, which means they use self-illuminating Tritium gas tubes in both the hour markers and the hands.

As a GMT watch, the arrow-style GMT hand that indicates a second time zone in 24-hour format is there, but not over-powering. This is a watch to indicate the local time first and, as a less important secondary feature, a timezone in another place. Actually, what I like to do a lot is synchronize the GMT hand with the local time zone so that it acts as an AM/PM indicator. An interesting design element on the dial is how the “dense” seconds indicator scale becomes more sparse on the lower 3/4 of the dial. It’s little details like that which are easy to miss, but that really add to the visual fascination and design which is worth coming back to. This is also a form of “welcome controversy” on the dial – which is intentional. The idea is to do something a bit unexpected but functional that draws the eye and evokes a sense of curiosity. 
Inside the Ball For BMW GMT watch is the Ball caliber RR1201-C automatic movement. This is a base Swiss ETA or Sellita mechanical movement that has been lightly modified by Ball with a custom rotor and where each movement is given a COSC Chronometer certification. The movement operates at 4Hz (28,800 bph) and has about two days of power reserve.

Given that this is a Ball watch (and in addition to the 13 Tritium gas tubes on the dial), there are some added durability features in the case. Water resistant to 100 meters, the case is also anti-magnetic to 4,800 A/m. More interesting is the use of a special shock absorption holder ring for the movement that, in this form, is patented by Ball and referred as their Amortiser anti-shock system. The idea is to protect the movement from harsh vibrations as well as shock from light falls, etc. 

As part of this being a limited edition run of watches (of up to 1000 pieces for each model) Ball will offer to all pre-order customers the option to have a custom laser engraving on the caseback (up to 21 characters), as well as the ability to choose an available limited edition number. That isn’t super unique, but it is nice that Ball built that into the already reasonable price and offers it explicitly to its customers. In all, you have a very competent daily wear that can be a sports or semi-formal watch depending on how you wear it.

Very nice complete Set Limited Edition from Ball! Only 1000 Pieces made with this being #98/1000! Case back has been engraved with “Prosper Forever” which can apply for everyone! Factory strap has been replaced with a matching Blue Alligator leather strap – very nice! As you can see from the highlighted picture, there is a mark on the side of the case around 9 o’clock…not really that noticeable but its there just the same. Watch priced accordingly as the retail on thi GMT was $2990…now long SOLD OUT!


BRAND: Ball for BMW

MODEL: GMT Chronometer Limited Edition #98/1000

MOVEMENT: Automatic – Swiss 

CASE: Black DLC Coated Stainless Steel

CROWN: Screw Down

SIZE: 42mm

LUGS: 21mm

DIAL: Gorgeous Blue Dial

BEZEL: Non Rotating 

CONDITION: Pre owned – Excellent!

BOXES/PAPERS: Complete Set! – Everything in pictures!


STRAP/BRACELET: – 2 – Custom Blue Crocodile leather Strap with Steel Buckle & Additional Black Rubber Strap with Matching Blue Stitching.


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