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BALL’s Latest Watch Honors A WWII Pilot That Sank 2 Enemy Aircraft Carriers

There were numerous key victories that ultimately shaped the outcome of the Second World War, and while not as famous as skirmishes like D-Day, the Battle of Midway in early June of 1942, undoubtedly played an important role in helping to dismantle the Imperial Japanese Navy. Of the men that fought in the four-day conflict, few are as celebrated as Lieutenant Richard Halsey Best, who, in a single day, managed to sink two Japanese aircraft carriers, the Hiryū and Akagi.

Nearly eight decades later, and the New Jersey-born Navy Lieutenant’s action at the Battle of Midway is being honored via a limited edition line of watches from the BALL Watch Company christened the “Engineer Best Series.” Powered by BALL’s caliber RRM7309-C automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve, the watch boasts either a 43mm brass or 40mm steel case, both of which feature micro gas tube illumination. Just like with vintage WW2 watches, the Engineer Best Series sports a face that’s been designed for easy-reading, even under the most intense of battle conditions. Limited to 1,000 units worldwide, the BALL Engineer Best Series starts at $1,799 and goes up to $2,349, with deliveries scheduled to commence on November 18, 2020.

Purchase: $1,799+