This month, Ball Watch Company is introducing their latest model and offering an exclusive pre-order price for watch fans to take advantage of. The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DEVGRU is the newest addition to Ball’s Hydrocarbon line-up and a watch that was developed with direct input from the U.S. Navy’sSEAL Team Six – hence, the nameDEVGRU. Like many of Ball’s previous developments, you can expect robust construction, a tritium gas micro tube light show, and a sporty design you can take anywhere. But, what makes theEngineer Hydrocarbon DEVGRU so special is the newpatented case and movement technology that allows the watch to withstand a 10 meter free fall without damage.
For years, Ball’sSpringLOCK system technology has served to protect their watches from immense force. In theEngineer Hydrocarbon DEVGRU, the system has been redesigned and paired with a newSpringSEAL for enhanced accuracy and an elastomer ring to protect the movement. More specifically, theSpringSEAL is actually meant to guard the regulator assembly so it doesn’t shift upon impact and in turn, this prevents the need to re-regulate the movement after a fall. This works together with theelastomer ring- which comes in grey or red- that isolates and secures the entire movement from impact.
Compared to many of the other models in the collection, the BallEngineer Hydrocarbon DEVGRU is slightly more restrained in terms of design. The stainless steel case measures 42mm wide, offers 100m of water resistance, and features an AR-coated sapphire crystal. Because of the new technology Ball has implemented here, the watch is shock-resistant to 50,000 Gs and anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m. It’s also worth taking a look at the crown, which was also redesigned to further enhance the watch’s protective features.
The crown assembly extends far beyond the case and features a fold-over mechanism that protects the crown from impact. Because some of the worst falls a watch can experience typically result in extreme damage to the crown, Ball wanted to put a system in place to protect it much like the elastomer ring for the movement. The lines are clean and the mechanism functions smoothly for quick access to the time-setting options.
The dial of the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DEVGRU comes in either black or blue and is also extremely legible. In a way, it’s more minimal than some of Ball’s other offerings with a basic time-only display and a framed day-date window at 3 o’clock. 14 tritium gas micro tubes can be found throughout the hands and markers and provide low-light visibility for around 25 years without the need for external light charging. It’s a Ball signature in many ways and speaks to the practicality of the watch as well as the overall purpose-built design.
The movement is Ball’sRR1102-SL caliber, which is in fact a ETA 2836-2. This makes servicing easy and the wearer can feel safe in knowing that it is a reliable movement that will provide care-free and accurate operation for years. Plus, the added protection of theSpringSEAL and theSpringLOCK systems make it a solid option for a long lasting sports watch.
TheBall Engineer Hydrocarbon DEVGRU can be ordered in a plain stainless steel case or stainless steel withtitanium carbide coating. These options paired with the choice of dial colors, elastomer ring colors, and a rubber strap or tapered stainless steel bracelet offer plenty of visual combinations to choose from. Currently, Ball is also offering complimentary engraving and serial number selection. The pre-order pricing for theBall Engineer Hydrocarbon DEVGRU is$1,199for stainless steel and$1,349forstainless steel withtitanium carbide coating. The watch will also be limited to 1,000 pieces and the special pre-order will end on October 31st, 2017.ballwatch.com
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