BALL first generation Ball Trainmaster Voyager GMT Power Reserve--WHITE DialExtremely Rare!!

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BALL first generation Ball Trainmaster Voyager GMT Power ReserveExtremely Rare!!Model: GM1052D
I have two of these watches up for sale, one the black dial, the other, the white (silver) dial.
The specs are the same for both.
Both are in the same excellent used condition, both come with bracelets sized to a slightly less than 7 inch wrist, and both have a few extra links, though both have a few screws that seemed loose (on the extra links), and both were recently serviced.
The black one comes with the full box and paper set, the silver/white one comes with the service case only.
I doubt you have ever seen these before, as less than 100 were ever made, and they were never even shown in catalogs.
This listing is for the white/silver version--what you see in the pictures is what you get.Overview
The GMT hand is actually a dual time indicator (hour only, and clicks to the next hour position) and can be independently set.
There are a total of six functions, or complications: (1) hour; (2) minutes; (3) seconds; (4) date; (5) 2nd time zone, and; (6) power reserve.Specifications:Model: GM1052DMovement: Automatic BALL Calibre 9035, hackingboth run very well, with no issues.Functions: Second Time Zone, Power Reserve, Date, Hours, Minutes, SecondsCase: Stainless Steel, Diameter: 41 mm, Height: 12.6 mmthere are a few marks on the case showing that it is used, with a few small dits and dings, but nothing substantial.Bezel: Plain, polished, with three levelsDial:
Black, with painted white accentsGlass: Anti-Reflection Convex Sapphire, Sapphire Exhibition Case Backboth crystals are perfect with no scratches or marksCrown: Screw-down type, RR signed3H Gas Light: 17 Micro Gas Tubes on Hour, Minute, Second Hands and Sub Dial HandsBracelet: Stainless Steel with Folding ClaspWater Resistant: 50 m / 165 ft.Shock Resistant:
5,000GsOriginal Retail Original retail was $2399 (it would be close to twice that in todays market/economy)
Even though the face is somewhat busy, the time, date, GMT time and power reserve are instantly legible-- it is quite easy to see the silver hands and the white numerals (against the black dial), from almost any angle, where the rest of the markings are small enough at a distance not to be distracting. The hour and minutes hands are slightly folded silver steel sabers, with a slight peak crease in the center, which helps to attract reflected light at just about any angle, thereby making this a very legible watch at virtually any angle, in any light.
On the dial there is a central sphere, indented slightly lower and with a guilloche ring patternmore depth and texture.
The upper and lower sub dials (GMT at 12, and the Power Reserve at 6) also have a two tier make up with the outer rings raised, and inner rings indented below the surface.
Both hands for the sub dials are colored, red for the black dial and blue for the white dial, and both have tritium tubes.
The Power Reserve sweeps up to a maximum of 40 hours when fully wound.A Word about the White Dial Version
The white dial is of course made in exactly the same way as the black, with differences as noted above, but I should say here that it is NOT white, but a metallic (again, non-reflective) silver/aluminum color.
Often times what Ball calls white is this same silver/aluminumseen for example in the Night Train as well as the Trainmaster Sixty Seconds models.GMT/Dual Time Indicator
One thing (of many!) I love about this watch is the simplicity of the GMT/dual time indicatorit is a single hour hand on a 24-hour sub dial (which is of course all you really need, since the minutes are going to be the same in any time zone).
To set the red
(or blue) indicator to the hour of your choice, you just use a toothpick or similar tool and touch a tiny recessed button on the side of the case at the 10:30 position.
For each position, the hand moves forward one full hourMovementThe Ball Calibre 9035 is an ETA 2892-based movement.
It is a 2892 with the added complications of power reserve and second time zone but it is not a 2893.
The 2892 is widely considered a more advanced and accurate movement than the 2824 which dates back to the 1950s and is far more basic in architecture.Setting the Time(s)
Local time is set by pulling the crown out to its last place where the hacking seconds allows precision time-setting.
As noted above, the GMT [second, or dual, time zone] hand is easy to set by pressing the recessed button at 10:30 with a toothpick or something similar and can be done without stopping the watch, or even pulling out the crown. Any time zone can be tracked using this hand when traveling and can be set independent of the home time.Crystals
Sapphire crystals, front and back, with the front having internal ARvery sharp and clear as to be expected.Bracelet
The links, all solid are easy to adjust, the removable links are held in by thin screws, and can be removed with a 1.4mm or smaller flathead screwdriver. Ball does use Loctite (blue) so heat may be required to remove them (mine didnt).
The clasp itself is a pull-apart butterfly with no micro adjustments.
Both watches have their bracelets set for a just under 7 inch wrist, and both come with a few extra links but one or more of the screws seemed looseif more links are needed any Ball AD can get them for a very reasonable price, as the bracelet is the same Trainmaster bracelet used on many of the current and older Trainmaster models.Limited Edition
The first Voyager was marketed and sold as a Limited Edition watch, with a planned production of 333 watches.
However, according to USA Ball President, Jeff Hess, less than 100 were actually produced.
Interestingly, none of the watches have the usual Limited Edition references such as the issue number, or simply the words Limited Edition marked anywhere on their cases.
The Voyager GMT PR was so limited that it wasnt even listed in the product catalogs of the time.
I am asking $1200 or best reasonable offer paid via Paypal or Direct Bank Wire Transfer.
The final price covers all costs, including free and insured EMS shipping, with tracking. Shipping is via EMS, includes tracking and insurance, and is FREE with purchase price. US customs just about never assesses any fees for used watches under $5,000, so there should be no problems in that regard--based on experience--however, if any fees were to be incurred, they likely would be quite minimal but would be the buyer's responsibility. Based on past experience, shipping is often quicker AND safer than standard domestic delivery services.
I am not looking for trades anymore, as I am happy with the small collection of watches that I have.
I have great feedback with more than 60 successful transactions here on WUS, with extensive experience shipping watches to anywhere in the world with ZERO PROBLEMS to date (search timefleas in the Watch Deals section of the Sales Forum). Let me know if you have any questions.A note that I include with ALL of my watch sales:
This watch is guaranteed authentic and comes in excellent cosmetic and working condition (with issues, if any, duly noted, above)please review the pictures carefully as they are part of the description. I cannot guarantee time accuracy for watches other than to say that they were working fine and are guaranteed to run. Keep in mind that the process of shipping can sometimes affect the timing/accuracy of watches, and they may need to be adjusted upon receipt. As such, though they likely will not require it, I recommend that all used automatic watches be serviced upon receipt. The watch has not been tested for pressure or water resistance. PLEASE ASK ALL QUESTIONS BEFORE PURCHASING OR MAKING AN OFFER.