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The Ball watches Engineer Hydrocarbon is their ultimate explorer’s watch that holds exceptional resistance and exclusive patented innovations like their triple folding buckle, baroque crown protection, with the signature Amortiser and the Springlock system that Ball possesses.
The Ball Watch Company Engineer Hydrocarbon Moon Navigator Black DM3320C-SAJ-BK is their latest classic modern Ball watch, bringing perks of being overbuilt, bold, aggressive in style and of course the signature tritium gas tubes that give Ball watches the ability to maintain high visibility through prolonged periods of darkness. Further, the new Hydrocarbon timepiece features a much wearable size at 42mm wide and 13.85mm in height.
“TIME AND TIDE. UNITED BY EXTREME LUMINOSITY.” This is the new slogan for this new model, as the name suggests, it features high and low tide readings for up to two weeks with the additional moon-phase complication (which ties to the high and low tides on earth).
|BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon Moon Navigator Black Ref. DM3320C-SAJ-BK|
Before we get to the complication, The Moon Navigator’s stainless steel case is 42 mm in diameter as mentioned. The watch is water resistant to 120 meters featuring a screw-down crown, Anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m, and shock resistant to 7,500Gs. The bidirectional rotating tide bezel which features for the first time in this collection bears luminous for exceptional nighttime legibility.
In total, the timepiece boasts 36 tritium tubes, filled with self-powered tritium gas whose energy is released when the H3 molecules strike the tubes’ internal surfaces. The result is continuous, long-lasting luminosity, up to 25 years without requiring a recharge from any outside light or energy source. Oh, did we mention the moon phase display also illuminated by tritium tubes?
|Applied Tritium Vials with Luminous Moonphase|
The bracelet and patented folding buckle & extension system of the Moon Navigator like the watch is crazily overbuilt, with brushed outer and polished inner links with screw in links. The double folding clasp is machined out of solid steel and locks in place with authority.
Ball’s obsession with legibility and illumination clearly shown in the dial. The black dial is matte and textured to give it some dynamism. Simple yet attractive and useful at the same time. Especially appealing for those who seek form follows function. Turn the lights off, and this thing is a different beast altogether. Each hour marker fitted with green tubes while the moon-phase is illuminated in yellow ones. The sword hands further feature a green tube each, in congruence with the whole watch luminous. This is certainly a watch you can enjoy both in daylight and the dark. Further, it has an internal bezel featuring days of 2 weeks duration, adjusted by the main external bezel in an anti-clockwise direction.
|Ball's patented crown locking system|
The Moon Navigator allows the wearers to track the high and low tides during a period of 14 days. Using the specially engineered external bezel, rotate counterclockwise to set the day of the week on the inner ring, then turn clockwise to position the corresponding tide markings on the bezel itself correctly.
Now, here’s a brief explanation on the use of the tide reading complication - Tides take around 12 hours to change from high to low and then back to high again, meaning they happen twice a day. Therefore firstly, one needs to know the time of the last high tide which can be found from a tide table or tide calendar, then correlate it to that day of the week by rotating the internal bezel to that day’s particular hour that the high tide occurs. This is followed by aligning the “High Tide” triangular marker on the external bezel to the day indicator one just adjusted. The hour hand can then be used to read off the expected relative water levels for any given time until the time of the next high tide.
|Exceptional case finishing|
Whereas ocean tides caused by the combined gravitational forces exerted by the moon, sun, and rotation of the earth. Tidal force intensity depends on the distance between the moon and earth – the force is stronger on the earth’s side facing the moon and weaker on the opposite side. Knowing that a full moon occurs around every 29.5 days, the indicator accurately displays each phase. It also gives more precision to tides forces, as high tides are higher and low tides lower during full or new moons. The moon phase is independent of the tidal indication and can be easily adjusted with the crown.
Powering the watch is BALL’s caliber RR1801 with the moon-phase complication that can be set through the crown. The movement, which has a 42-hour power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 bph.
|36 Tritium Vials In Total For Superior Night Luminosity|
Summing things up, the new Ball Watch Company Engineer Hydrocarbon Moon Navigator Black DM3320C-SAJ-BK caters for seasoned collectors or millennia who are looking for a robust yet unique mechanical Swiss-made watch as the moon has fascinated humanity, tamed oceans, and guided explorers. Infused with this spirit, the Engineer Hydrocarbon Moon Navigator with its moon phase module shines with exacting precision and the luminosity of micro gas tubes, while allowing the user to have the inner bezel displays of the days of the week, while the outer bezel reveals the tides. Combined, they indicate high and low tides for two weeks. As the earth and moon’s gravitational pull endures, so too does the inescapable allure of exploration. The Moon Navigator features robust styling – highlighted by their patented crown protection system with an automatic caliber; the BALL RR1801, this timepiece delivers tested and trusted precision that clads shock resistant to 7,500Gs and water resistant to 120m, it’s built for all types of endeavors.