It’s a new month, so that means that it’s time for us to spin up a new giveaway. This month, just like last month, we have something pretty unique for you.  This time around, it’s the Ballast Trafalgar.


When we reviewed the Ballast Trafalgar back in April, I noted that, on the surface, this watch does not look that different from the Ballast models that preceded it.  It has some nautical cues, and the canteen crown that has shown up plenty before.


It’s what is underneath that crown that really sets the Ballast Trafalgar apart.  You see, that crown is actually just a pusher.  You depress it, and out pops a button at the 3 o’clock position.


As we outlined in our review, that popping-out allows the bezel to spin into action – quite literally.  You see, rather than using the crown to set the date or time, or even wind the movement, you instead use the crown.  This is pretty clever, and, when you think about it, it makes sense (and we have those details in our writeup).


And that uniqueness – in the form of the Ballast Trafalgar – is what we have on offer for you to win this month, courtesy of our friends over at the re-launched Ballast.  To enter the contest, you’ll need to do our usual dance:

  1. Comment below on what you think the most unique way of setting a watch is that you have run across
  2. Head over to our contest page, and complete your entry

Bear in mind, we do match the email address on the entries to the comments here, so be sure to do both steps.  Also of note, this contest is open to the residents of North America (just a nod to conserving shipping costs).  Good luck!

By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

71 thoughts on “The June WWR Giveaway: the Ballast Trafalgar”
  1. This is a cool watch! I have a buddy who always manually winds through the minutes/hours to advance the date window instead of using the quick-set. He does this even if he hasn’t worn the watch for weeks and the date is significantly off (mechanical watch so it stops running). But I have an omega speedmaster triple-date where you have to wind through the date wheel in on order to advance the month wheel, but the day of the week is set with a pusher on the side. Advancing the quick date does not advance the day of the week.

  2. This is the most unique way of setting a watch I’ve seen (maybe I don’t get out enough 🙂 ).

  3. I haven’t come across any other unique ways to set a watch so this Ballast watch is the only one I can mention. Very cool.

  4. All the watches I came across so far are set up in the traditional way, this is the most unique way of setting up a watch I’ve seen.

  5. I’ve never seen anything that sets as unique as this. I’m new to watches, so I can set my GShock and my Wenger, anything else and I’m lost.

  6. I could have sworn there was a vintage watch that used the user’s rotation of the bezel to set the time but i’m having a heck of a time recalling the name or finding mention of it on the web.

  7. Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece, going back 6+ years has multiple pushers to set several complication. I think ther was one for the day of the week, another for day of the month and a third for moon phase.
    This watch is pretty cool. Has a cool military feel to it.

  8. Any watch that can set itself from a GPS signal or a radio signal or any other signal is the best thing ever. No buttons, no fuss

  9. I went to you tube to see the video from the manufacturer.I haven’t seen anything like this before.

  10. I dont seen the most unique way of setting a watch. May be I try it if I win. Thanks for the contest

  11. Definitely the most unique way I’ve seen to set a watch. Quite a fan of the whole ritual here!

  12. Until you review a potential challenger,I guess this one wins,the tag on the side is a nice touch:).Thanks!

  13. This is definitely the most unique way to set the time I’ve seen – what a gorgeous timepiece! 😉

  14. I’d say this is the most unique way I’ve seen. I’ve only heard of winding a watch up with the little button on the side!

  15. This is probably a watch with the most unique way of using a crown…I would say I was most impressed with an apple watch (if you want to call it a watch)… 🙂

  16. I’d have to say that that is the most unique way I’ve seen to set a watch. A sync with the phone during a data transfer was the next closest. Neat! Good luck everyone.

  17. Other than app-based digital watches, this probably has the prize for me. Very cool!

  18. I’m thinking the coolest way would be an app although the tradition of winding a watch has it’s appeal.

  19. This is the most unique way I’ve ever seen to set a watch. Would love to own one, thanks for the monthly contests!

  20. I think this is the most interesting way that I’ve seen to set time on a watch. And an editing note, you may want to correct this sentence (as it’s tied to the giveaway): “You see, rather than using the crown to set the date or time, or even wind the movement, you instead use the crown.”

  21. Your description above does not make sense to me ” You see, rather than using the crown to set the date or time, or even wind the movement, you instead use the crown”. What ?

  22. So far the watches I have run across have lacked anything unique in regards to winding or setting them. All pretty much the same (I am actually going through all my watches now). Nope … all the same. Pull and turn the stem. I don’t even have any digital timepieces where you push buttons (except my car and the microwave). With any luck I will get the opportunity to actually see this one in person, making this the most unique that I would have officially “run across”.

  23. Those Seiko GPS watches are really a neat time setting “mechanism,” especially for a watch with no complications. Then again it is a solar quartz… but I think it’s till darn neat

  24. Before this, I’d say the most unique way to set the time was on the radio-controlled Citizen watches.

  25. for me, it’s one that uses the watch face ( as a touch screen ) and the crown of the watch. eg. would be a smart watch
    like the Apple watch.

  26. The ‘Ressence’ oil filled watch has an interesting setting system. Its a $40,000 watch which requires you to rotate the the back, which moves the movement, which then moves the oil filled dial side by a clever system of magnets.
    Its a lovely and very original watch, the oil gives it optical purity.

  27. I should imagine standing in a foot deep of mud, at 0625 hours on 1st of July 1916 in a trench near the Somme River Flanders. Where the officers and other ranks are synchronizing the pocket watches and wrist watches in order that they can coordinate “going over the top”.
    As a unique way of setting ones watch, knowing its probably your last morning on earth, its what I would call a unique way of setting your watch.
    If you were lucky enough not to be among the 60,000 British casualties that first day, I think you would remember it for the rest if your life.

  28. OMG this is a beautiful watch, and so different.

    most unique way of setting a watch i have ever saw you had to hold down two button and press another one.. pain in the

  29. Gorgeous watch- I’ve never had one with a unique setting mechanism! My most special watch is my Dad’s WWII Omega wristwatch that he bought at a PX- just an old-fashioned wind-up watch…

  30. My Citizen AT4008-51E has the most unique way of setting the time of any watch I’ve owned. It receives a radio signal to adjust the time so I don’t have to do anything.

  31. The most unique Watch setting I have seen is when a lever pops out of the watch and you crank it and set date, and time. This was on some of the older watches. But Ballast seems interesting too. would love to get my hands on one.

  32. Ressence watches…any of those has to be the most interesting style of setting a watch!

  33. I think this one is unique! Thank you kindly for the opportunity to spoil my husband….he deserves it! Have a wonderful weekend!

  34. Setting the time on your watch automatically via a radio clock or radio-controlled clock (RCC) i.e. radio signals are normally driven directly by ultra-accurate atomic clocks; signal is received by your watch.

  35. I loved taking my first radio watch out of the package and having it spring to life and set itself – the uniqueness was in just how easy it was.

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