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Ball Watch Co. EEngineer III Marvelight Chronometer Speed Yellow Ref. NM9026C-S39CJ-YE. A 100 pieces limited edition 904L Daily-beater with the cool turquoise dial
|Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer Speed Yellow Ref. NM9026C-S39CJ-YE
Unveiling the 100 pieces limited edition Engineer III Marvelight, Ball has introduced their new COSC movement in one of their most popular Engineer III models, the Marvelight. The Engineer III Marvelight measures 40mm in diameter and 13.6mm in height and has a 46.6mm lug-to-lug. The dimensions help the Marvelight wear superbly well on any wrist. Further, it features a screwed-in crown, making it 100m water-resistant.
Racing inspired Speed Yellow Dial
What makes the Engineer III Marvelight unique is the use of 904L stainless steel. This steel has been used primarily by the big “R” company for decades. 904L stainless steel is unlike any other steel. Due to its extra amounts of chromium, molybdenum, nickel and copper, 904L steel features superior resistance to corrosion, rust and acids. While its unique hardness allows it to withstand extreme conditions, it requires special machinery and production processes to be shaped, which is why it is not as commonly used. Visually, 904L stainless steel has an exceptionally high polish compared to 316L steel and ages exquisitely well.
Exquisite case finishing
Moving on to the dial, the new Engineer III Marvelight LE sticks to its DNA from the earlier version but comes in a racing inspired speed yellow dial. The yellow is a refreshing colourway, one that appeals to wearer who likes a striking appeal in tandem with great legibility. The eleven indices with “micro” gas tubes on the dial are thick, filling up the dial nicely while helping legibility when reading the time. Ten of them glow in bright green while the one at 12 glows in deep orange. The sword hands glow in green to assist in dial orientation in the dark. Couple this with their signature seconds hand with Ball’s “RR” symbol as a counterweight on the other end. Topping things off for the dial, the Engineer III Marvelight has a cyclops flat sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating underneath.
The Ball Watch Co. Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer Speed Yellow Ref. NM9026C-S39CJ-YE is powered by the Ball calibre RR1103-C. It is a chronometer certified 25-jewel automatic movement based on the ubiquitous ETA2824-2 that boasts a 40-hour power reserve even though it beats at 28,800bph(4 Hertz). The movement is hooded by a screw-in caseback that displays Ball’s iconic emblem with essential information engraved at the periphery.
15 micro gas tubes on hour, minute, second hands
The new Marvelight’s 904L steel bracelet runs alongside the show's star and is done with a nice mixture of polished and satin-brushed finishing. For the first time, the bracelet gets a nice taper from 20mm to 18mm at the clasp area, making it more wearable. It further features a double-sided locking clasp system, making the bracelet appear more streamlined when worn.
Summing things up, the Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer Speed Yellow Ref. NM9026C-S39CJ-YE is certainly for someone who appreciates fine watchmaking that packs reliability and value from a respected watch company. The use of 904L stainless steel gives the watch an exceptional glow while making it tougher and more corrosion resistant at the same time. The watch exhibits exceptional value given that it has a 28,800bph modified ETA movement. The refreshing yellow dial, self-illuminating tritium tubes, and exceptional case finishing make the Marvelight high up in the value-for-money chart. We cannot find a reason to not like this watch.