Lean, Mean, Diving Machine from BALL: the Hydrocarbon Engineer DeepQUEST Ceramic


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Founded in 1891 by jeweler and watchmaker Webster C. Ball, the BALL Watch Company has built its name on producing watches that deliver supreme precision and reliability in dynamic environments. Modern Ball’s timepieces hold true to these principles, offering impressive magnetic resistance, precise five-position timing, and fantastic readability in low-light conditions.

Launched in 2011, the Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST range is the brand’s most robust and high-performance diving watch series. All Ball Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST watches are fitted with a one-piece case milled from a single block of solid titanium. Another notable feature of the DeepQUEST line is Ball’s patented automatic helium exhaust valve, which is integrated directly into the crown, as opposed to the case. This construction offers high corrosion resistance, along with superior durability and water resistance. With its few potential moisture entry points, this piece boasts a water resistance rating of no less than 1,000 meters, which is more than enough for professional saturation diving.

The Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST one-piece case measures 42mm in diameter and 15.5mm in thickness. Despite its relatively beefy proportions, it’s comfortable thanks to its lightweight titanium construction and well-designed case, which hugs the wrist quite well.

The latest iteration of the DeepQUEST Hydrocarbon Engineer – the DeepQUEST Ceramic – builds on the formula that made the line so successful, while featuring several notable updates. While last year’s DeepQUEST II featured a titanium bezel, this DeepQUEST sports a ceramic bezel. As well as being more resistant to scratches than titanium, the ceramic bezel also gives this piece a more refined, less tactical look than its predecessor.

The deepQUEST Ceramic’s green ceramic bezel varies in color depending on the light, ranging from a soft powdery green in the sun, to a dark forest green in low light. The dial is also more minimal and classic than previous versions of the watch, as it features all the sticky tritium indices, as opposed to the large Arabic numerals found on the DeepQUEST II. As a result, this version of the DeepQUEST is arguably a bit more versatile; it is as compatible under a shirt lapel as it is underwater.

From a technical standpoint, the Hydrocarbon Engineer DeepQUEST Ceramic is incredibly over-designed. With a nominal depth of 1000 meters, an impact resistance of 7500 Gs and anti-magnetism of 48000 A / m, this part is extremely reliable and designed for this purpose. It is powered by the Ball Caliber RR1101-C, which is a COSC-certified chronometer version of the proven ETA 2892. Beating at 28,800 VPH with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours, the RR1101-C displays a -4 precise. at +6 per day of precision tolerance.

Of course, the indexes and hands of the DeepQUEST Ceramic feature BALL’s patented H3 luminescent gas tubes, which glow a vivid green and yellow in the dark. A signature of all Ball watches, tritium gas tubes do not require any external source of light or energy, but are up to 100 times more efficient than traditional luminescent materials. This cutting-edge Swiss technology is particularly useful for professional divers, who often need additional readability in dark underwater environments.

The tapered bracelet mounted on the Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST Ceramic is made of both stainless steel and titanium, with brushed surfaces on the outside and polished central links. The combination of stainless steel and titanium was a smart choice here, making it a bit heavier and stronger than a full titanium bracelet. In addition, its patented folding clasp and extension system are easy to use, allowing the watch to be quickly adjusted to fit a wetsuit.

Offering impressive technical specifications and a versatile design, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST Ceramic is both a distinctive yet classic sports watch and an over-designed tool for the most demanding professional divers. At the price of $ 3,999 on the bracelet (DM3002A-S4CJ-GR) and $ 3,899 on the strap (DM3002A-P4CJ-GR), this part is available now. The piece also exists in a green bezel / black dial variant, as well as a black bezel / black dial variant. Learn more about ballwatch.com.

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