Introducing - The Black Rock by BALL Watch Company

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The Ball Watch Company introduces the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black, the "first" model in the iconic BALL collection to use a DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating, offering exceptional scratch resistance and increased durability.

This ground breaking watch features a titanium case that gives the watch surprising lightness for its 42mm diameter and 13.25mm thickness. The dial has outstanding instant legibility thanks to the use of micro gas tubes containing luminescent 3H gas, providing light intensity up to 100 times more effective than conventional luminous paints and requires no external source of light or energy. This is used to form the Arabic numerals marking the hours and hands. The green color of the micro-tubes on the dial and the yellow color on the needles enhance the readability. Because of its optimal contrast with black, yellow has also been used for the minutes scale on the flange as well as the second hand.

As a natural complement to the DLC, the bezel is made of black ceramic benefiting from BALL’s pioneering process of adding luminous paint. The figures and the scale of the bezel are thus made luminescent to allow instant readings in the dark. Finally, the unidirectional rotating bezel is an additional safety guarantee that prevents accidentally extending a time preset through mishandling.

Also new from BALL Watch is the introduction of a SpringLOCK® system. Exclusively developed by BALL Watch, the device guarantees the movement’s working accuracy by providing the balance spring with a real “cage” to absorb the energy of external shocks to the watch. Such events can cause a standard mechanical movement to go out by up to more or less 60 seconds per day. The SpringLOCK® reduces the impact of external shocks up to 66% thus safeguarding the accuracy of the caliber.

The Engineer Hydrocarbon Black runs on an automatic ETA 2892-A2 movement. The accuracy of this caliber is attested by its chronometer certification issued by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). In addition to the basic time display, the date appears in a window at three o'clock enhanced by the Cyclops magnifying lens fixed to the antireflective sapphire crystal.

The patented crown protection completes the case and ensures improved security in the mastery of time.

Model Number

Automatic caliber ETA 2892-A2, chronometer certified COSC
Patented SpringLOCK@anti-shock

35 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 300m/1,000ft
Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and magnified date

Titanium with DLC coating
42mm, height 13.25mm
Top Ceramic luminous unidirectional rotating bezel
5.3mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Patented crown protection system

Rubber strap with standard buckle


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