Ball Watch earlier this year announced that it released its Engineer Hydrocarbon Original ($3,199) in a special fifteenth Anniversary edition that sports larger H3 gas microcapsules – for the first time under the dial – and three of Ball’s patented anti-shock systems, namely the Amortiser, SpringLOCK and SpringSEAL.
For this anniversary model, Ball places its micro-gas tubes on hands and utilizes those larger tubes under – not on top of – the dial on the hour apertures. This changes the look of the Hydrocarbon dial considerably.
The 40mm steel watch is fitted with a graduated and notched unidirectional bezel and is water-resistant to 200 meters (660 feet). Powered by a COSC-certified BALL RR1102-CSL automatic caliber, the watch also displays the day and date functions on its black dial.
Like all watches in the Hydrocarbon Collection, Ball protects its crown with a protection valve to insure that it’s securely bolted down and inaccessible while diving. And, true to its name, the Engineer Hydrocarbon Original is made to be shock resistant to 7,500 Gs and anti-magnetic to 80,000 A/m, thanks to mu-metal magnetic shielding.
SPECIFICATIONS: Ball Watch 15th Anniversary Engineer Hydrocarbon Original
Movement: Automatic caliber BALL RR1102-CSL, COSC-chronometer certified with SpringLOCK
patented anti-shock system and SpringSEAL, patented regulator anti-shock system
Dial: Black with thirty micro gas tubes on hour, minute, and second hands, as well as under the dial (for the first time) and bezel; hours, minutes, sweep seconds, day and date
Case: 40mm x 14.55mm stainless steel, Mu-metal shield, unidirectional rotating curved sapphire bezel with micro gas tubes, Amortiser patented anti-shock system, anti-reflective sapphire crystal,
patented crown protection system, anti-magnetic to 80,000A/m, water resistant to 200 meters, shock resistant to 7,500Gs.
Bracelet: Tapered stainless steel with patented folding buckle and extension system