The new BALL Watch Trainmaster First Flight is a tribute to the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight.
On 17th December 1903, Wilbur (1867 – 1912) and Orville Wright (1871 – 1948) successfully made in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (USA), the first ever motorized flight in their aircraft Flyer. 2013 marks the 110th anniversary of the first flight of American aviation pioneers, the Wright brothers.
With the Trainmaster First Flight limited edition, BALL Watch Company is celebrating the 110th anniversary of Flyer’s first flight by creating.
The Trainmaster First Flight’s stainless steel case is 41 mm in diameter and features a black dial with an elegant design of fine vertical lines. The satin finish of the case contrasts subtly with the polished bezel.
The transparent sapphire crystal case back proudly reveals the movement mechanism, and features a silk-screen printed design of Flyer’s first flight. It is also engraved with the individual number of each timepiece in this limited edition of just 600 pieces.
The ability to read information easily is a key feature of any aircraft navigation instrument. Here the watch’s easy readability is ensured by distinctive metallic hour markers and a large date display positioned at 12 o’clock. The hour and minute hands have also been designed to evoke the distinctive elliptical propeller blades found in early airplanes.
The most important technical feature of the Trainmaster First Flight is its automatic BALL 651 caliber, based on an ETA 2892 movement.
By modifying in-house this movement, BALL Watch Company added a large date display and elegant sub-dial for a second time zone positioned above 6 o’clock. The latter feature may prove particularly useful for pilots, who frequently cross time zones during their flights.
To ensure that wearers can read the timepiece even in total darkness, the twelve markers on the dial and the main hands are fitted with micro tubes containing luminescent 3H gas.
This state-of-the-art Swiss technology requires no external light or energy sources and is up to 100 times more effective than conventional luminescent paints. The yellow micro tubes on the hands and 12 o’clock marker are subtly distinguished from the green tubes on the other markers.
In keeping with the tradition of aviation watches, the Trainmaster First Flight comes with either a crocodile leather strap or, for a sportier look, a stainless steel bracelet.
In a final nod to aviation history, this watch is presented in a custom leather pouch, evoking the iconic briefcases used by pilots in the early days of aviation. A genuine navigation plotter customized with the BALL logo is included within the pouch.
Model: BALL Watch Trainmaster First Flight, Reference GM1056D-L2J-BK
Automatic caliber BALL 651
15 micro gas tubes on hour, minute, second hands and dial for night reading capability
Second time zone indication
Shock resistant to 5,000Gs
Water resistant to 50m/160ft
Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and date
Stainless steel case
Ø 41mm, height 12.75mm
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Sapphire crystal case back
Stainless steel bracelet with folding buckle or crocodile leather strap with standard or folding buckle
Limited edition of 600 pieces