This giveaway has ended. Congrats to our winner, German Lopez! Thanks to all who entered. Catch you on the next giveaway.
Thanks to Ballast for sponsoring this giveaway, and to you, my readers, for checking out this post and supporting the brands that make EG possible.
If you’re like me, you have a plain ol’ time teller on your wrist. But after wearing it for years, you’re probably getting tired of it. Totally understandable.
Do you prefer wearing great clothes and accessories instead of looking, dressing, and feeling like everyone else?
Looking for something with a bit more heft and substance?
As much as I champion the Lean Wardrobe and love the typical #menswear favorites, sometimes I find myself wanting something a bit different.
Especially when it comes to accessories.
Bracelets, rings, necklaces, and watches are the personal style cherries on top of an already great outfit.
And out of all those accessories, wristwatches are my favorite.
Why is the Ballast Trafalgar Automatic so cool?
Ballast is offering Effortless Gent readers 25% off! Use code “EffortlessGent” at checkout.
Ballast approached me to check out their newest model, The Trafalgar. While it’s clearly an interesting watch, here are three things that convinced me to add it to my rotation:
1. Setting the date and time using the bezel
If setting the date and time using your watch’s tiny crown has ever annoyed you or hurt the large fingers on your man hands, you’ll dig Ballast’s patented bezel control system.
You unscrew the Canteen lock that protects the setter button. You push the setter button once and turn the bezel to adjust the date. You push the setter once more and turn the same bezel to adjust the time.
No more annoying (and sometimes painful) crown adjustment to deal with. Just an easy, smooth experience using the rotating bezel. Perfect!
2. Nautical, military styling with bold, unique details
The first thing you notice about the Trafalgar is its looks.
The watch case’s side plate, inscribed with the British Royal Navy’s motto, “We come unseen”.
The sapphire crystal. The cutaway dial displaying the date. And the transparent case back displaying its movement.
The easy-to-read, luminous markers and hands. The Canteen lock’s positioning at 4 o’clock for more wrist comfort.
The substantial buffalo hide leather strap. The subtle rope-like inner ring inlay. And the stamped-out submarine on a stainless steel buckle.
At first glance, it’s a handsome-looking sport watch great for everyday use.
But the more time you spend with it, the more details you uncover. And the more interesting its story becomes.
3.) It’s automatic
While I’ve had my fair share of basic, battery-powered quartz watches, I’ve gradually gravitated towards automatic watches over the years.
The Trafalgar is powered by a Miyota 8215 — a fine, dependable, and accurate movement. It’s also used in other brands you may know, such as Citizen and Invicta.
Yes, automatic watches can sometimes be more expensive and require a bit of upkeep.
But, if you:
- hate getting your battery changed every year, and…
- prefer a watch powered by the natural movement of your wrist, and…
- get a certain satisfaction from watching a smoothly-sweeping second hand instead of the tick, tick, tick of a quartz-powered one…
…an automatic movement is for you.
How To Win Your Own Ballast Trafalgar Watch
The folks at Ballast are sponsoring a nice little giveaway for Effortless Gent readers. I’ll be sending one lucky winner their very own Ballast Trafalgar.
Here’s how to enter:
- Leave a comment BELOW and tell me two things:
- your favorite Trafalgar model (see all three here) and
- what you like most about the watch
- Join the Effortless Gent community on Facebook
- In the EG Facebook community, copy your comment to the giveaway post. (You must have the comment in both places for a chance to win.)
That’s it! Then all you have to do is wait for us to pick a winner.
If you simply can’t wait, buy a Ballast Trafalgar of your very own today. Use code EffortlessGent at checkout for 25% off.
Good luck, gents!
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