Ball Watches has unveiled what will potentially be the most affordable mechanical annual calendar available in the UK.
The 39.5mm Trainmaster Annual Calendar – displaying day, date and month – was revealed at BaselWorld 2014 and will be available in the UK at a recommended retail price of £3,990.
A patented automatic Ball RR1802 calibre powers the watch that features 14 of Ball’s luminous micro gas tubes on the hour and minute hands as well as the white dial to allow for legibility in the dark. The Tritium gas tubes used by Ball are 100 times brighter than luminous paint solutions and last without, needing to recharge from external light sources, for 25 years.
The stainless steel Trainmaster is shock resistant to 5,000Gs, which is far beyond anything survivable by the watch’s owner, and water resistant to 50metres. Sapphire crystal covers the front and back of the watch, allowing the wearer to view the movement inside.
The watch is secured with a brown crocodile leather strap and pin buckle.