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|Scope of delivery||No original box, no original papers|
|Expected delivery||Dec 26, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020|
|Condition||New (Brand new, without any signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||No original box, no original papers|
|Location||The Netherlands, Heerlen|
|Movement/Caliber||Automatic caliber BALL RR1702|
|Case diameter||42 mm|
|Water resistance||20 ATM|
|Dial numerals||Arabic numerals|
|Center Seconds, Luminescent Numerals, Luminescent Hands, Power Reserve Display, Rotating Bezel, Limited Edition, Screw-Down Crown|
Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley
A commemorative timepiece equipped with the new generation anti-shock Amortiser system
The year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the disappearance of the CSS Hunley. This submarine of the Confederate States of America Navy played a historic role in the country's Civil War. Ever faithful to its American heritage, BALL Watch celebrates this major event in the development of the modern Navy by unveiling the new Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley, the quintessence of cutting-edge watchmaking technology.
The CSS Hunley measured 12.04 meters long and 1.17 meters wide and weighed 8 tons. It was powered by a crank wielded by a team of eight men. The CSS Hunley was designed to attack ships from the North which were blockading Southern ports. The submarine had a long pole towards the bow fitted with an explosive charge called a "torpedo mine". On February 17, 1864, off the port of Charleston, South Carolina, the CSS Hunley sank
the Union ship USS Housatonic but then went down with its crew following the attack. Although its role in the conflict was limited, the historic success of the CSS Hunley demonstrated both the advantages and the dangers of undersea warfare.
Like the pioneering role played by the CSS Hunley in its day, the new model of the Engineer Hydrocarbon collection incorporates the new version of one of the most significant watchmaking innovations in recent years. Developed and patented exclusively by the engineers at BALL Watch, the Amortiser system protects the automatic Swiss Made BALL RR1702 caliber against damage that may result from external impacts. Any significant impact on an automatic watch can cause violent and sudden oscillations of the rotor and result in considerable damage to the movement. Such
situations can even lead to a complete stoppage of the watch mechanism. The high inertia of the oscillating mass can also be troublesome when playing certain sports, such as golf, which expose the wrist to repeated external shocks.
To protect the heart of the watch, the Amortiser system consists of a protective ring around the mechanical movement that absorbs the energy created by side shocks. This protective ring also has anti-magnetic properties to preserve the movement from magnetic fields that can affect the precision of a mechanical watch. Another feature of the Amortiser system on this model is an ingenious locking rotor mechanism. A switch in the
form of a submarine propeller is located on the case back, enabling the rotor to be locked and unlocked as desired. During activities that may create external shocks, locking the rotor prevents the energy of frontal impacts from being transmitted to the movement.
However, the watch continues to run when the rotor is immobilized by drawing on the power reserve of its caliber. With the Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley, BALL Watch has improved the Amortiser still further, incorporating for the first time on the dial a power reserve indicator that displays the operational autonomy of the caliber when the device is activated. Once the risk of turbulence has subsided, unlocking the rotor brings the
automatic winding system back into action. The Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley fitted with the Amortiser antishock system has been demonstrated to endure 5.2 meters free fall without any damage on the mechanical movement.
With an optimal 42mm diameter, the stainless steel case of the Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley houses the Swiss Made automatic mechanical movement. The date display, off-centered between 4 and 5 o'clock, provides a natural complement to basic timekeeping. The black dial beneath the anti-reflective sapphire crystal boasts a striking and sleek style, in which not a single element is in excess. The coated flange of the dial incorporates the graduation of minutes and endows the watch with an immediately apparent and striking depth. The case back is struck with a representation of the CSS Hunley in tribute to this piece of American heritage. The Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley is equipped with a bezel benefiting from the pioneering BALL Watch process of adding luminescent paint to the ceramic. The BALL Watch Company was the first watch brand to offer
the combination of these two elements. In this way, both the numbers and the graduation of the bezel are luminescent, allowing them to be instantly read in the dark. The ceramic also renders the bezel extraordinarily resistant to corrosion, scratches and UV rays. The unidirectional rotating
bezel is an additional guarantee of security that prevents unintentional manipulation from accidentally prolonging the duration of a time period.
True to the luminescent technology that established its reputation, BALL Watch has designed Arabic numerals for the hours using H3 micro-gas tubes that guarantee the dial greater readability. The powerful light emitted naturally and continuously by the H3 gas means that the time can be read in pitch darkness. This state-of-the-art Swiss technology is 100 times more effective than conventional luminous paints yet requires no exterior
light or energy source. The same luminescent micro gas tubes are applied to the hour markers and the hands. Like a real submarine instrument, the construction of the Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley guarantees perfect waterresistance up to 200 meters. The patented system protecting the crown completes the case by ensuring even greater security in the mastery of time. This device common to all models of the Engineer Hydrocarbon
collection also protects the exterior elements of the movement, to which the crown is directly connected. The Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley is also protected against magnetic fields up to intensity of 4,800A/m and from shocks up to a force of 7,500Gs. The tapered stainless steel bracelet is equipped with the BALL patented triple folding buckle. 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.
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