Ball Watch Company is one of the brands furthering the development of the railway system in Nort America. After making a name for themselves through their extremely precise timepieces, Ball decided to conquer a new challenger; darkness. Its incredible luminosity adds to the highly functional design of the brand’s watches. The brand takes pride in its luminosity technology. Below we have created a guide on Ball Watches Micro Gas Tube Luminosity as well as included several recommendations of Ball watches with micro has tubes.
Ball Watches’ Micro Gas Tube luminosity is long-lasting, up to 10 years, and fully self-powered, needing no external re-charging source. Traditional luminosity needs to be recharged in the sun or under a lap, however, due to its unique design, the micro gas tubes last longer and glow brighter even in no-light conditions.
At the centre of the way, it’s constructed stands Tritium. Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen. It is extremely rare in nature, and only trace amounts can be found in the atmosphere. The material is not only used as a luminescent substance for watches but also in medicine and science. Though tritium is radioactive, as a very small amount is used in creating the micro gas tubes, it poses no risk to the wearer.
To make the tubes, tritium gas is safely encased in small mineral tubes, which are coated in phosphor. The tubes are then sealed using a CO2 laser. The luminosity is due to the electrons emitted by the tritium. They react with the phosphor, making the coating glow brightly.
The design of the Ball Engineer M Marvelight is classic and paired back, ideal as a formal or everyday piece, especially for lovers of the railroad. Its case and bracelet are made of stainless steel. The case measures 40 mm in diameter. The bracelet’s elegant design is highlighted by the polished and brushed finishes of the different elements. It has a push-button release. The exhibition case back shows off the watch’s movement. Thick micro gas tube luminescent indices contrast the dark grey dial. Function on the dial includes a date display placed at the 3 o’clock position. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal covers the dial. The watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters, or 10 bars, and is anti-magnetic up to 4,800A/m. A screw-down crown adds to the durability of the model. The watch is a COSC certified chronometer and its automatic movement has a power reserve of up to 80 hours.
If you’re after a diving watch, the Hydrocarbon NEDU is the one for you. It is water-resistant up to 600 meters, or 60 bars. Thanks to the SpringLOCK anti-shock system and the Amortiser system the watch is shock-resistant up to 7500 Gs. It is also antimagnetic to 4800 A/m. Ball’s patented helium system ensures the movement suffers minimum pressure when diving. The luminous unidirectional bezel and dial allow for top quality visibility no matter the depth or conditions of your diving. Focused on longevity and durability this watch features a 42 mm titanium case and a titanium and steel bracelet. The bracelet closes with a patented triple folding buckle with an extension. A sapphire crystal over the blue dial increases the watch’s robustness. Features of this model include a chronograph seconds hand, a day and a date display. The chronometer is COSC certified. The watch has an automatic movement with a BALL RR1402-C calibre.
With a slightly more sporty look, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Moon Navigator stands out from other models in the collection. The Hydrocarbon collection is created with adventurers and explorers in mind and watches from the line seek to facilitate its wearer’s expeditions. The black dial features a luminescent moon phase display as well as large hour-markers and hands for easier legibility. A date aperture is placed at the 4 o’clock position. Covering the dial is a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective layer. The black and red bezel of the watch is also luminescent. For fans of sailing, surfing and all other aquatic sports, the watch features a high and low tide indicator over a two-week period. The watch is water-resistant up to 120 meters, shock-resistant up to 7500 Gs and antimagnetic to 4800 A/m. It has an automatic movement with a BALL RR1801 calibre. The 42 mm case of the watch is made of stainless steel and so is the bracelet.
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