By Jovan Krstevski
The Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II is the result of a long partnership between Ball Watch Company and the space pilot Brian Binnie (one of the first civil astronauts to enter space at an altitude of more than 62 miles / 100 kilometers on board of a private spacecraft).
BALL Watch has extended their collection of automatic chronographs fitted with its unique anti-shock system. Designed and patented by BALL Watch engineers, the Amortiser device protects the automatic caliber BALL RR1404 against damages caused by external shocks.
The Amortiser system consists of a protective ring around the mechanical movement that absorbs the energy created by side shocks. This protective ring also has anti-magnetic properties to preserve the movement from magnetic fields that can affect the precision of a mechanical watch.
The chronograph function operates in addition to the GMT hand that can be set on another time zone. The bidirectional rotating bezel is marked with a scale in segments of 5 degrees. The four cardinal points of the compass are indicated by stamped markers that stand slightly above the bezel for easy manipulation.
◆ Automatic caliber BALL RR1404
◆ 39 micro gas tubes on hour, minute, second hands, dial and pushers for night reading capability
◆ Chronograph with accumulated measurement up to 12 hours
◆ Illuminated second time zone indication
◆ Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds and magnified date
◆ Ø 45mm, height 18.3mm
◆ Illuminated bidirectional rotating bezel
◆ Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
◆ Patented crown protection system
◆ Amortiser® patented anti-shock system
◆ Tapered titanium and stainless steel bracelet with patented folding buckle & extension system
Jovan Krstevski – Founder, Proprietor & Executive Editor
Watch collector, aficionado and a Event profile in the Swedish nightlife. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’ His passion jump started in his early teens, when he was given his first mid-range wristwatch which was an Omega Seamaster. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches!