The legendary American brand has just started selling its new member of the Trainmaster line. Called Ball Trainmaster Eternity (ref. NM2080D-LJ-SL), this is one is claimed to be one of the thinnest automatic watches in Ball’s whole model range. Although the stainless steel case of the Eternity looks very similar to bodies of other Trainmaster watches (namely, the Ball Trainmaster One Hundred Twenty that was released a couple of months ago,) it is in fact slightly refreshed in order to make the timekeeper both slimmer and more comfortable on a wrist.
According to official specifications, the body of the new Ball Trainmaster Eternity dress watch measures 39.5 millimeters in diameter and less than 12 millimeters thick: a nice accomplishment for a watch that is powered by a standard automatic movement and features a convex sapphire crystal that adds a millimeter or more to the total thickness of the piece. Also, the size of this thing make it better fit into the ranks of “true” dress watches (or, rather, true dress watches with a minor twist, if you, like me, think that tritium tubes is probably the last thing that a dressy timekeeper needs.)
To be frank, I do not really like the setting crown, which, to yours truly, seems to be completely out of whack with the rest of the body, but that’s just my personal opinion, nothing more. Also, while I am at it, I must admit that the thin notched part of the crown gives me the shivers: you can cut your finger with this thing! Well, okay: exaggeration.
Of course, what will make this watch a bestseller is its gorgeous dial, which is available both silver-toned and, um, anthracite (?)
I don’t know how Ball Watches officially calls the motif that they use to decorate the dial, but it looks absolutely beautiful and you won’t easily find another timekeeper that would feature such an exquisitely decorated face.
By the way, since the new Ball Trainmaster Eternity is powered by a standard ETA 2836 self-winding movement, it is capable of indicating not only the usual hours, minutes, seconds and date, but also displays current day of week, which makes it even more useful.
As usual, the company wants very reasonable amount of money for its new product charging only $2000 for a version on an alligator leather strap with a steel buckle, and $2100 for a watch on a stainless steel bracelet.
If you search for a dressy and affordable “Swiss Made” timekeeper that combines elegance of design with unsurpassed legibility both in broad daylight and at night, you should definitely take a look at this one.
See also: Ball Watch Trainmaster Celsius
Photos: Ball Watches
Ball Trainmaster Eternity (ref. NM2080D-LJ-SL) automatic watch specification
Price: $1999 on alligator leather strap / $2100 on steel bracelet
Movement: Caliber ETA 2836, automatic, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Branded oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day of week
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 39.50 mm
Case height: 11.80 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Silvered or Anthracite
Hour markers: Luminous, stick-shaped tritium tubes
Hands: Dauphine-shaped, luminous, tritium tubes
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Steel bracelet or alligator leather strap with steel buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Transparent