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BALL Watch Company previously took up the bold challenge of reviving a resonant part of its watchmaking heritage in the form of the Engineer II Skindiver. Following the collective success of this model as soon as it launched, the Ball Watch Company now once again meets the expectations of all lovers of vintage diver's watches with this new additional Engineer II Skindiver Heritage Blue Ref. DM3308B-S2-BE. Like its black variant, the Engineer II Skindiver Heritage Blue takes its inspiration directly from the first "BALL Skindiver" timepiece conceived in 1962 in response to the increasing popularity of underwater diving in the United States, the original homeland of BALL watches.
|Ball Engineer II Skindiver Heritage Black - Ltd Ed 1000pcs Ref. DM3208B-S1-BK
The launch of this watch followed the creation of the "Underwater Society of America" in 1959. This public organization is responsible for promotional work and providing training about diving and organizing competitions. A practice dating back several thousand years, diving developed as a sport and method for exploring the seabed after World War II. It gradually split into two codes: scuba diving and skin diving or free diving.
For many years now, BALL Watch has played a pioneering role in designing diver's watches, primarily through its extraordinary partnership with the multiple world champion constant weight freediver Guillaume Néry. This outstanding human and technical exploit has been a source of inspiration for an entire range of diver's watches at the cutting edge of modern watchmaking technology. Once again, BALL Watch is proud to introduce a new model into the ranks of the Engineer II collection, paying tribute both to the history of the watch itself and the heritage of underwater exploration.
|Swiss Made + Ceramic Bezel + Tritium|
This timepiece combines a resolutely vintage 1960s design with the codes and technology of contemporary watchmaking. The development of this new model led to a stainless steel case of more than adequate dimensions, with a 42 mm diameter and a height of 14.6 mm. The water resistance of the Engineer II Skindiver Heritage Black, an essential feature of any diver's watch, is appropriate at a depth of 200 meters, ample for proper skin dives. The use of a timepiece at such distance from the surface made it necessary to fit the case with a screw-in crown and case-back. As per Ball's timepiece, the 60s diver has impeccable finishings with intricate satin-brush at the top to the sides, separated with high-polished bevel lines for the added contrast. As per Ball practice, A Ball engineered its "re-creational" diver with an impressive anti-magnetic of up to 4800A/m. And shock resistant to 5000Gs.
Now let's get a little tackier. The uni-directional rotating bezel features for the first time a sapphire bezel that reflects the sixties' bakelite material - permeating old-school charm - while it bears luminous for exceptional nighttime legibility—Ball's marvel at best where both "vintage" aesthetics cross the path of modern technology. Further, being a uni-directional rotation of the bezel is a necessary safety guarantee for any diver's instrument since it prevents any unintended maneuver from accidentally prolonging the indication of the time available for returning to the surface.
|Deep Set Tritium Tubes|
|Luminous Dial & Bezel|
Finally, the sublime vintage look of the Engineer II Skindiver Heritage Black Ref. DM3308B-S1-BK is rounded off by a sports bracelet with multi-finished stainless steel links, which immediately evokes a real diver's watch that is always ready for action. Today, more than ever, BALL Watch is continuing its journey and asserting its role as a key protagonist in exploring modern time and the evolution of watchmaking history.
Ball Watch Co. brought us an overall well-built nostalgic piece that definitely has a place in every watch collection, as expected from a historic brand with almost 130 years of watchmaking experience. Limited to 1000 pieces, the Engineer II Skindiver Heritage Black delivers unbelievable value with impressive specifications comparable to watches that cost much above their price point. With such a versatile and handsome design, this could very well be a one-watch collection that looks stunning on any occasion.