The United States Marine Corps was founded on November 10th, 1775. For those who are keeping score, that means that the USMC is actually older than the United States itself — by almost nine months, in fact. That means, this year, the military organization turns 245-years-old. To honor that milestone, as well as their own American heritage, the folks at Ball have designed a trio of special-edition Engineer II watches.
The first two watches in the collection are relatively similar in their functionality — both featuring BALL caliber RR1103 movements, 15 micro gas tubes for night reading, and either stainless steel or TiC-coated stainless steel cases. The third, however, is actually an online-exclusive automatic GMT with a BALL caliber RR1302 movement, 36 micro gas tubes, a 24-hour sub-dial, and a 42-hour power reserve with a sub-dial indicator. All three also benefit from magnified date windows, anti-reflective sapphire crystals, and exclusive USMC branding on both the face and caseback. Pricing ranges from $1,549 up to $1,699.