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These pics have been posted on another watch forum a few weeks ago, so for those folks here who have seen them there, I do apologize for the duplication. And I do have a second Ball that I will be receiving tomorrow, the new one being the Fireman Ionosphere Chronograph with the VJ7750 movement in it.

This Ball, pictured here is the Engineer Hydrocarbon Classic. To me, it is astoundingly beautiful and a superbly made timepiece, its fit, finish, and craftsmanship rival the best Swiss made watches. The movement is a rebuilt to Ball specifications (Ball rebuilds all their movements for all their automatic watches to more exacting specifications) --- the movement is an ETA 2892-2, the movement that many say is the best 3-hand movement available (other than custom in-house movements from other Swiss watchmakers such as Rolex, IWC, Patek, etc.). The crown on this watch contains a patented crown guard that must be lifted to unscrew the crown, and when the guard is in place, it assures you that the crown has been fully screwed down and the watch is water resistant. The watch is all stainless steel, fitted with a sapphire crystal, and the dial and hands have 16 micro-gas tubes for lume. It is magnetic resistant to 12,000 A/m. The bracelet is one of the thickest and heaviest and best fitting bracelets on any watch that I own, and I own several fine Swiss made watches. The clasp is also very substantial, heavy, solid. This is one watch that when I put it on I find it extremely hard to take it off and put it back on the winder.

The first pic is of the dial and front of the watch. When I took these pics, I was wearing a red sweatshirt, and thus the red reflections in all these pics. Also, the sweatshirt kindly dropped a small thread that landed on the 45 minute marker --- ahh, the tribulations of taking watchpics!





A second pic of the front of the watch, this one with the crown guard in an upward position





This pic shows the front again with the crown guard in a downward position





This pic shows the bracelet and clasp





This pic is a closeup of the dial. Please try to ignore the red reflections and that dropped thread at the 45 marker . . .





Another closeup of the dial and bezel





And finally a wrist shot




Thanks to all of you for viewing my post.
 

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The blue on the white is stunning. Really stunning. Fantastic pictures.
 

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The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon is my Grail of Grails. Yours is a beauty. I can only hope that someday I will be able to own a piece like this. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Excellent pics of a great timepiece. James is right, the blue on the white is truly stunning. Your pics do a nice job of capturing the textured dial. I'd love to see a lume shot as it appears the diver's scale on the bezel has superluminova. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Great choice! Thanks for sharing this with us! I really like the execution and can only imagine that the quality must be superb!

Excellent design and a wonderful movement! I also understand the lume is spectacular!

Terrific timepiece!

ENJOY!
 
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