Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Airborne
An exceptional watch fit for US paratroopers’ requirements
BALL Watch Company is proud of its American heritage and delighted to introduce the new Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Airborne, designed to withstand the extreme conditions under which US paratroopers operate. The Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Airborne is the most recent addition to BALL’s emblematic collection and combines the latest watchmaking technology, superb resistance and a functional design.
The Airborne Forces are among the most seasoned and exposed units of the United States armed forces. American paratroopers operate in the most extreme conditions behind enemy lines and therefore need the most resistant and reliable instruments available. In particular, BALL Watch Company wanted to pay tribute to the USAF Pararescue by engraving the unit’s logo on the back of the case of its new timepiece. This special airborne unit of the US Air Force is responsible for rescuing and providing medical assistance to soldiers involved in military operations on the ground. The engraving also features the USAF Pararescue’s famous motto: “That others may live.”
The Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Airborne’s stainless steel case is 42 mm in diameter and houses an ETA 2836-2 self-winding movement. The accuracy of this caliber has been certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). In addition to the time, the watch also includes day and date displays – key everyday information – positioned at three o’clock and half past four respectively. Its black dial boasts a clean and striking design featuring circular engravings and is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The minute markers are engraved on the dial flange, giving the watch a striking sense of depth.
The jumps and extreme conditions experienced by paratroopers mean that they are regularly exposed to different types of impact. To counter this, the Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Airborne is fitted with BALL’s new patented SpringLOCK® system. This mechanism has been developed exclusively by BALL Watch to guarantee that the movement remains accurate. The balance-spring is protected by a “cage” designed to absorb the energy created when the watch is subjected to external impacts. Such impacts can cause standard mechanical movements to vary by up to approximately 60 seconds a day. The SpringLOCK® system reduces their effect by up to more or less 66%, thus ensuring that the caliber remains accurate.
The patented crown protection system adds a finishing touch to the case by providing enhanced protection for the watch’s timekeeping. This mechanism, which features in all models in the Engineer Hydrocarbon collection, also protects against external forces the movement that is directly connected to the crown. The watch is also designed to withstand magnetic fields of up to 4,800A/m and shocks of up to 5,000Gs.
When designing this timepiece, BALL Watch Company once again applied its pioneering process of combining ceramic with luminescent paint to create the bezel. BALL Watch Company was the first watch brand to come up with the idea of combining these two materials. As a result, the digits and markers on the bezel are luminescent, allowing the wearer to read the watch in the dark. The ceramic also makes the bezel highly resistant to corrosion, scratching and UV rays. These are problems to which any watch worn by paratroopers is likely to be exposed during high risk operations. The unidirectional rotation system on the bezel offers further protection against the accidental prolongation of a given time period as the result of an involuntary movement on the part of the wearer.
For any paratrooper, being able to read their watch at any time of day or night is of crucial importance. Like all BALL watches, the Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Airborne’s hour markers and hands are fitted with micro tubes containing luminescent 3H gas. This state-of-the- art Swiss technology requires no external light or energy sources and is up to 100 times more effective than conventional luminescent paints. The micro tubes on the dial are set on raised metal appliqués to ensure that the light produced by the 3H gas is diffused effectively.
The Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Airborne is equipped with a tapered stainless steel bracelet fitted with BALL’s patented triple folding buckle. Its extension system allows the wearer to easily adjust the bracelet to fit their wrist, even over clothing such as a paratrooper’s uniform. Instead of a traditional presentation box, this new chronometer comes in a hard-wearing case with an additional rubber strap.
Today, more than ever, BALL Watch is continuing its journey and asserting its role as a key protagonist in the exploration of modern time and the evolution of watchmaking history.
Model Number: DM2076C-S1CAJ-BK
Movement: Automatic caliber ETA 2836-2
Functions: Chronometer certified COSC, patented SpringLOCK® anti-shock system, 31 micro gas tubes on hour, minute, second hands and dial for night reading capability, shock resistant to 5,000Gs, anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m, water resistant to 120m/390ft, hours, minutes, sweep seconds, day and date
Case: Stainless steel Ø 42mm, height 13.85mm, top ceramic luminous unidirectional rotating bezel Anti-reflective sapphire crystal, patented crown protection system
Band: Tapered stainless steel bracelet with patented folding buckle & extension system and rubber strap with standard buckle in a special box set