No account of Ball watches can proceed without first acknowledging the world-beating brightness of the tritium tubes, arranged throughout the dial that give the Engineer line it’s famous glow. While most lume paint is fluorescent (emitting light it absorbs from outside sources), the tubes on offer here are filled with tritium gas and are phosphorescent, emitting their own brightness. This makes the Ball perfect for extended low-light situations. Need to check your wrist during the final act at the theater? Power outage in the neighborhood? Sneaking to the kitchen for a midnight snack and don’t want to disturb the peace with a flashlight? The Ball can do it all.
With a brilliantly polished case, smooth bezel, and a date magnifier that really makes the readout pop, the Engineer II Pioneer occupies a space that is neither fancy nor fully utilitarian yet somehow manages to do both well. Housed in a 40mm stainless steel case, it is highly shock resistant and as resistant to magnetic field’s as the much more pricey Rolex Milgauss. While not as bright as its successor, the Engineer III, today’s piece also contains slightly less radioactive tritium material, for those interested in such things. The bracelet is sized for wrists up to 8” and includes all links.