July 10, 2010

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Review

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Watch Review

  Ball watch company has a great history and have been making quality time pieces since 1891. Many watch companies anymore seem to “invent” history, Ball helped create history. There is a very interesting story behind Ball and the American railroads, worth reading on their website. 
  The Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster has some new design enhancements from previous Hydrocarbon’s, along with Ball’s expected fine craftsmanship. First, of course there are generous proportions of micro gas lights, which are tubes filled with tritium. These tubes are self powered and do not require light to be activated. They will shine bright and continuous for more than 25 years! The bezel has been redesigned from previous versions to a more flat and wider design. Visually I think it balances the watch out better, while making it easier to grip. The other big change change involves the bracelet clasp. It is a triple folding clasp with double diver extensions at either end. It is a work of art in design and construction. 
  The Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster has the highly recognizable Ball crown guard and is made of stainless steel. The day/date function is powered by an ETA 2836-2 automatic movement, with an estimated 38 hour power reserve. The movement is a COSC certified chronometer, always a nice bonus. Technically, the Spacemaster has a water resistance of 333m, magnetic resistance to 12,000 A/m, shock resistant of 7,500 G’s, and has anti-reflected coated sapphire crystal. What else is there?!

Pros - New design, COSC movmt, Day/Date function, well constructed

Consideration - On the higher side of Ball watches for price point.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 41.5mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Movmt: ETA 2836-2
Power Reserver: 38 hrs
Water Resistant: 333M
Lug Width: 21mm


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