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The Ball Trainmaster is Ball’s most iconic collection. Throughout this collection, you are reminded of Ball’s train-filled history. Today, we are going to review one of the most popular Ball Trainmasters, the Standard Time Chronometer NM3888D-LL1CJ-WH. At first glance, I am struck by the sleek and sexy white dial which is in complete contrast to the black Arabic numbers. This outstanding men’s watch is the perfect example of a men’s dress watch that can also be worn as a sport watch. This luxury watch is 39.5 mm in diameter and is beyond comfortable on the wrist. The watch even comes with a luxurious box to hold it in. Being one of the best watch brands, this may quickly become one of your favorite watches.

Ball Trainmaster Standard Time Chronometer NM3888D-LL1CJ-WH

The History

The basis of this watch goes all the way back to the year 1833, before the adoption of Standard Time. In this time period, time was dependent on the position of the sun. This resulted in every city having its own uniques time zone. This complicated system made it impeccably hard for the railroad companies to have synchronized railroad timetables. The U.S railroad companies soon changed this system, and since  1833, the way of ‘Standard Time’ has been used in almost every city across America. The Standard Time rule separates the country into four different time zones. This change has made the use of the sun to tell time seem like a vintage tactic, and has since led to the disappearance of more than 70 official time zones, and has continued as the official time system to the present day.

The Price

The Ball Trainmaster Standard Time NM3888D-LL1CJ-WH price is $2,499, which is considered a great price point for this timepiece. In comparison with its fellow Trainmaster watches, the watch is on the lower side of the price range. Watches such as the Ball Trainmaster Kelvin Celsius Scale and the Ball Trainmaster Kelvin Fahrenheit Scale just top it at a price of $3,899. And then theres watches such as the Ball Trainmaster Royal Blue White Dial Limited Edition and the Ball Watch Trainmaster Moon Phase Ladies that beat it by $300 at $2,199. It may seem as if it might be a little expensive after hearing this, but when compared to the Ball Trainmaster Manufacture Limited Edition ($8,999), it is said to be more of a cheap watch. All in all, the watch has a very competitive price compared to other watches like it.

The Case

The case is a gorgeous 39.5mm stainless steel case. It has fine finishes of satin and polished edges, giving the watch a clean look. The case also has a smooth finish making it extremely comfortable for everyday wear.

Ball Trainmaster Standard Time Chronometer NM3888D-LL1CJ-WH close up

The Crystal

The crystal is antireflective convex sapphire crystal which serves to eliminate glare when staring into this beauty. The case back also features a convex sapphire crystal for viewing of the intricate structure.

Ball Trainmaster Standard Time Chronometer NM3888D-LL1CJ-WH back

The Dial

The date at ‘3’ is very readable as is the entire watch. The markers are luminescent as are the beautiful blue steel hands which make for great reading at night. These hands are heat treated to provide the rich looking blue color. The small seconds indicator at ‘6’ is a tradition of the more classical watches. The white, enamel dial makes the black Arabic numbers stand out in contrast.

The Crown

The view of the stainless steel screwed-in crown also gives a glimpse of the slimness of the watch, for a 11.15 mm thick watch is very thin which adds to its wearability and comfort. This view also shows the fine finishes of satin and polished edges of the stainless steel. The combination of finishes provide a very impactful appeal.

Ball Trainmaster Standard Time Chronometer NM3888D-LL1CJ-WH crown

The Caliber

This beautiful Ball watch is an automatic movement and I am immediately struck by the precise winding of this movement, which after about 10 winds starts up this wonderful engine. Setting the watch is a breeze, simply unscrew the crown and set the time and date. The crown proved very easy to unscrew.

Best of all, the Trainmaster has great accuracy in telling time.

Ball Trainmaster Standard Time Chronometer NM3888D-LL1CJ-WH caliber

The Strap

The black alligator leather strap is the perfect color for this white dial. The buckle is a polished steel tang buckle. The exhibition case back provides an insight into the beauty of the decorated movement. The blue screws and jewels that are visible add to the elegance of this movement.

The Features


  • Automatic caliber BALL RR1105-C
  • Chronometer certified COSC


  • 14 micro gas tubes on hour and minute hands and dial for night reading capability
  • Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds and date

Shock resistance

  • 5,000Gs

Water resistance

  • 30m/100ft


  • Stainless steel
  • Diameter 39.5mm, height 10.5mm
  • Anti-reflective convex sapphire crystal
  • Convex sapphire crystal case back
  • Screwed-in crown


  • Crocodile leather strap with standard buckle


  • White enamel

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The Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope men’s watch is an immediate eye-catcher. You are instantly struck by the lacquer dial which has a sand colored effect and complements the soft grey face nicely.

Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope Review 2017

The Dial:

The large white Arabic numbers match the white luminescence of the hands making them remarkably striking. The hour and minute hands have distinct sharp tips that consistently communicate time accurately and have a “Super Luminova” substance.

The Case:

The high polish stainless steel case measures 40.8mm in diameter with a height of 12.6mm and is extremely pleasing to the eye. The extended lugs arc from the case band, giving the watch an elegant presence. The exhibition case back is held together by four screws and gives an immaculate view of the structure of the watch.

Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope side

The Crystal:

The crystal is a convex hard plexiglass with SICRALAN coating that increases scratch resistance, improves UV resistance, and adds a more intense gloss to the watch.

The Strap:

It’s brown leather strap is composed of opposite stitches which contrast the high polished stainless-steel buckle. The strap width is 21mm and allows no daylight to pass in between, making the watch appear sharp and clean.

Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope crown

The Movement:

This watch has a self-winding movement J880.3 along with caliber ETA 7750.

The Price:

The JUNGHANS MEISTER DRIVER CHRONOSCOPE is listed at $2,190.00. In comparison with other Junghan watches, this watch is priced extremely well. When compared to a similar watch, let’s say the JUNGHANS MEISTER DRIVER HAND WOUND SAND COLORED DIAL 027-3608.00, it’s different in the sense that it has two unique sub dials. If you are looking for something more minimal however, you might want to go with the simpler look of the 027-3608.00. These two watches aren’t cheap, but they surely aren’t the most expensive watches on the market.

Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope back

The Features:


  • Chronoscope function with central stop second and 30-minute-counter


  • polished stainless steel
  • convex hard Plexiglas with SICRALAN coating
  • screwed back with mineral crystal
  • water resistant up to 3 atm
  • caliber of case: 40.8 mm
  • height of case: 12.6 mm
  • lug to lug: 45 mm


  • leather strap, lining leather with perforation, stainless steel buckle
  • strap width 21 mm

Dial/ Hands:

  • sand colored effect lacquer dial
  • hour and minute hands with environmentally friendly luminous “Super Luminova” substance


  • Self-winding movement J880.3

Basic caliber:

  • ETA 7750


  • leather strap, lining leather with perforation, stainless steel buckle, 70grams


The Bremont Supermarine S301 Type 300 range was made to be a professional men’s diver watch in a slightly smaller version. The watch has a minimalist, vintage appeal. With faux-aged Super LumiNova (as on Bremont’s ALT1-ZT/51 and P-51) and a traditional Sub-like use of dots and hashes for the markers, the S301 is a nod to the early, vintage diving watches of the ’50s and ‘60s.

Bremont Supermarins S301 main


The name ‘Supermarine’ comes from the 1930’s British aircraft manufacturing company, Supermarine. Supermarine’s first Spitfire prototype was named the ‘Type 300’ and it became a very popular aircraft in the country. The S301’s case is narrower and slimmer than its older versions, the S500 and S2000, being only 40mm wide and 13mm thick.

Bremont Supermarins S301


The BREMONT SUPERMARINE S301 TYPE 300 price is $4,095. This is considered one the cheaper watches in the Supermarine class. For example, the Bremont Terranova price is $6,195 making the Type 300 $2,100 cheaper than it. There’s also Supermarine’s such as the BREMONT SUPERMARINE DESCENT LIMITED EDITION that just barely under cut it at $4,087! Making the Bremont S301 just 8 dollars more expensive!

Bremont Supermarins S301 closeup


The case is hardened steel combined with Bremont’s multi-pieceTrip-Tick design. The Type 300 uses a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal and a solid steel case back that is printed with a portrait of one of the 30’s Supermarine aircraft designs.The S301’s case is narrower and slimmer than its older versions, the S500 and S2000, being only 40mm wide and 13mm thick.

Bremont Supermarins S301 backup


The Type 300 uses a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal.


The watch is a black dial sporting mixed Arabic numbers and red accents. The Type 300 has a bezel insert with a gilt scale and a crown with a gold accent ring. The watch features the date at three o’clock.

Bremont Supermarins S301 strap


The elegant timepiece follows Bremont’s 11 1⁄2’’’ BE-92AE automatic 4Hz movement. The Swiss caliber is the same as that of Omega for their 1120 caliber. The Supermarine is an automatic chronometer fitted with Bremont decorated rotor. It features 21 jewels, a Glucydur balance and Anachron balance spring with Nivaflex 1 mainspring. It has a rated frequency of 28,800 A/h with 38-hour minimum power reserve.


The Bremont Type 300 sports a striped heavy-duty NATO strap with a buckle clasp.

Bremont Supermarins S301 straps



Modified calibre 11 ½”’ BE-92AE automatic chronometer fitted with Bremont decorated rotor and 21 jewels, Glucydur balance and Anachron balance spring, with Nivaflex 1 mainspring. Rated frequency of 28,800 A/h with 38-hour minimum power reserve.


Hour, minute and sweeping second hands, with stop second function and date at 3H, adjusted via screw-down decorated crown.

Bremont Supermarins S301 case


Stainless steel Bremont Trip-Tick® case construction with scratch resistant DLC treated case barrel. Case diameter 40mm. Overall height 13mm. Strap lug width 20mm. Laser engraved ceramic uni-directional rotating bezel with Super-LumiNova®.


Stainless steel screw-down decorated case back.


Metal dial with integrated dial ring and Super-LumiNova® coated numerals/markers. Nickel satin hands with Super-LumiNova®.


Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.


Water resistant to 30 ATM, 300 metres.


C.O.S.C chronometer tested.


C.O.S.C chronometer certified. Individually serial numbered with accompanying C.O.S.C certification.


The Fireman collection from Ball is one’s of it’s signature and most popular collection. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Ball Watch Co. Fireman NECC U.S Navy Expeditionary Combat Commando Diver Automatic DM3090A-P4J-BK, one of the collections coveted watches!

Ball Fireman NECC

Our first impression of the Ball Fireman NECC watch is that the timepiece is crisp and clean. The very extreme white Arabic numbers on the bezel look so nice contrasted against the black bezel. Like most all Ball watches,  this piece includes gas tubes with make this watch extremely luminescent, and maybe one of the most readable watches I have had on my wrist.  The rubber strap fits my wrist well do to the fact that the strap can taper at a 90 degree angle to the watch, which allows the strap to hug your wrist. The antireflective sapphire crystal make it feel as though there is no crystal at all, the clarity is amazing. Although you will never see the anti-shock system inside this watch you can rest assure that it is at work protecting your watch from most shocks and impacts. This one diver watch I would not hesitate to take on a diving trip as you have the best of both worlds, comfort and readability. The movement winds very smoothly as you would expect for an automatic men’s sport watch. The 40.5mm case is even the perfect size to fit under the cuff of my long sleeve shirt.

Ball Fireman NECC front

Ball Fireman NECC History

The Ball Watch Co. Fireman NECC U.S Navy Expeditionary Combat Commando Diver Automatic DM3090A-P4J-BK was made from Ball Watch Co.’s cooperation and support of the NECC (Navy Expeditionary Combat Command). The NECC is made up of very tough personal that push their limits through rough terrain, night or day, land or sea, which is why the Ball brand made the watch shock resistant up to 5,000 G’s, luminescent hands and dial marker for night reading, and water resistant up to 300m (1000ft).

Ball Fireman NECC side view

Ball Fireman NECC Price

The Ball Watch Co. Fireman NECC U.S Navy Expeditionary Combat Commando Diver Automatic DM3090A-P4J-BK is priced at $1,599. It is priced on the lower end of the price spectrum for its fellow Ball Fireman watches. It definitely cuts the BALL WATCH FIREMAN DLC GLOW STORM CHASER CHRONOGRAPH CM2192C-P2-BK ‘s price, in fact, its less than half of the $3,699 price point. Although it may seem as if the Ball Watch Co. Fireman NECC U.S Navy Expeditionary Combat Commando Diver Automatic DM3090A-P4J-BK is a cheap watch, the BALL WATCH FIREMAN ENTERPRISE NM2188C-S5-BK is below it at $1,199. Ultimately, the DM3090A-P4J-BK isn’t a cheap nor an expensive watch, its a modestly priced Ball watch.

Ball Fireman NECC main

Ball Fireman NECC Case

The case of the DM3090A-P4J-BK is a stainless steel case with TiC Titanium carbide coating to give a sleek black looks while also adding additional protection to the watch’s interior mechanisms. The watch also features a sapphire crystal exhibition case back to explore the intricate systems that make up the watch. This men’s watch is 40.5mm in diameter which fulfills almost any man’s wrist. The watch also has a thickness of about 13.2mm which could be considered a perfect match to its 40.mm width. This men’s watch features a stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel for dive watch capabilities.

Ball Fireman NECC case

Ball Fireman NECC Crystal

The crystal on the Ball Fireman NECC is an anti-reflective sapphire crystal to exhibit the black dial. The exhibition case-back is also a sapphire crystal.

Ball Fireman NECC Dial The black dial functions hours, minutes, seconds and date on the 3’o clock for all around knowledge of the time. The hands and dial markers have Tririum micro gas tubes for night reading capability.

Ball Fireman NECC crown

Ball Fireman NECC Crown

The Ball Watch Co. Fireman NECC U.S Navy Expeditionary Combat Commando Diver Automatic DM3090A-P4J-BK Black Mens Watch  has an all black screwed crown that blends in perfect with the black case, just as the NECC Navy does while in combat.

Ball Fireman NECC back

Ball Fireman NECC Caliber

The movement of the  is an automatic caliber BALL RR1103 which is shown through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back.

Ball Fireman NECC Strap

The band is a comfortable black rubber strap with a pin buckle that feels smooth when worn.

Ball Fireman NECC Features


  • Automatic caliber BALL RR1103


  • 13 micro gas tubes on hour and minute hands and dial for night reading capability
  • Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and magnified date

Shock resistance

  • 5,000Gs

Water resistance

  • 300m / 1000ft


  • 4,800A/m


  • Stainless steel with titanium carbide (TiC) coating
  • Ø 40.5mm, height 13.2mm
  • Stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Sapphire crystal case back
  • Screwed-in crown


  • Rubber strap with pin buckle


  • Black


Ball Watch Co. Trainmaster Eternity NM2080D-LJ-SL

Nothing is more attractive than the Ball’s Trainmaster Eternity NM2080D-LJ-SL model. Other than the unique feel and elegance, this is just but another remarkable addition to an already wide Trainmaster collection.


Ball Trainmaster Eternity

Marvelously styled, the Trainmaster Eternity NM2080D-LJ-SL model’s size, the simple polished stainless steel case, the anti-reflective sapphire crystal and its exquisitely decorated face will stand out in a crowd. Additionally, its luminous markers and dauphine-shaped hands are great for night visibility.

The Trainmaster Eternity is not an entirely new watch but an upgraded replica of Ball Trainmaster 120 version. It is one of the thinnest automatic Swiss-made watches with a slim bezel which makes it appear larger. Additionally, it can be paired with either a genuine crocodile leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet that comfortably and handsomely fits my wrist.

Ball Trainmaster Eternity Night View

This watch has a diameter of 39.5mm, thickness of 11.8 mm, screw-down crown, transparent case back, and a silver or anthracite-textured dial which gives it an antique or vintage feel. Like most Ball watches, it contains tritium gas tubes which aids in legibility at all times of the day. It’s 30 meters water resistant and 5000G’s shock resistance can also enable me to work, play, and live in areas with adverse conditions.

The Trainmaster Eternity can almost be considered a complete calendar watch, as its functions include  hours, minutes, seconds, date and day. The Trainmaster’s sophistication is clearly shown on the face. As the watch’s second hand ticks, the Ball Watch Co. brand shows, revealing a level of pristine detail and class like no other watch.

Ball Watch Trainmaster Eternity Nm2080d-lj-sl History

Ball Watch Company has manufactured an array of some of the most precise and reliable mechanical watches. The brand, design, and functionality of the NM2080 model is based on Ball network founder, Webster Clay Ball.

Prior to the advent of rail works, different countries had diverse time zones hence the need to come up with a standard time for the purpose of arrival and departures train time schedules.

The standard time was separated into four different time zones in the region and since then it was adopted and is still used as the formal time scheme.

Ball Trainmaster Eternity Crown

Ball Watch Trainmaster Eternity Nm2080d-lj-sl Price

The Ball Watch Trainmaster Eternity NM2080D-LJ-SL price varies depending on the strap. The cost of the model with an alligator leather steel and folding buckle costs $2,000 while the Eternity with the standard stainless steel bracelet is $2100. Compared to the new Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Glow DM2036A-SCA which costs $2600.00, it’s relatively cheaper.

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