Ball Watch Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley

Ball Watch Company has marked the 150th anniversary of the disappearance of the CSS Hunley, a major event in the development of the modern Navy, with a new limited edition watch.

The CSS Hunley, a submarine of the Confederate States of America Navy, played a historic role in the country's Civil War. Designed to attack ships from the North which were blockading Southern ports, the submarine measured 12.04 metres long, 1.17 metres wide and weight 8 tonnes. On February 17th 1864, off the port of Charleston in South Carolina, the CSS Hunley sank the Union ship USS Housatonic but then went down with its crew following the attack.

The CSS Hunley's role in the conflict demonstrated the advantages and dangers of undersea warfare and, 150 years on, Ball watches have paid tribute to its pioneering role with the limited edition Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley.

The watch is a limited edition of 500 pieces and incorporates Ball's patented Amortiser system, which protects the RR1201 calibre against damage resulting from external impacts. The Amortiser system consists of a protective ring around the mechanical movement that absorbs the energy created by shocks. The watch can endure a free fall from 5.2 metres without any damage to the movement. The ring also has anti-magnetic properties to preserve the movement from magnetic fields that may affect its precision.

The Ball Watch Company Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley also features an ingenious locking rotor mechanism. A switch, inspired by a submarine propeller, is located on the case back and enables the rotor to be locked and unlocked as desired. Locking the rotor during activities that may create external impacts prevents the shocks from reaching the movement. While the rotor is locked, the watch uses its power reserve to keep running. A power reserve indicator is displayed on the dial.

The Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley has a 42 mm stainless steel case with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The unidirectional rotating bezel is luminous and available in a choice of black or blue ceramic. As with all Ball watches, 30 micro gas tubes are found on the hands and dial for night reading capability.

The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley is available now.
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