In 2012 US astronaut Captain Alan "Dex" Poindexter tragically died in personal boating accident. Neither serving in the Navy nor NASA stopped him, showing that life can be depressingly ironic at times. Upon his death a foundation was created in the name of his son (Samuel) to assist the boy who...
The 41.5mm wide steel case is water resistant to 333 meters and extremely shock resistant and also anti-magnetic. These latter two qualities are very important when needing a reliable watch in space. Ball watches also feature tritium gas tube illumination. Over 81 self-glowing tubes are placed on the dial of this limited edition Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Captain Poindexter model.
Inside the watch is a Swiss COSC Chronometer certified Swiss ETA 2836 day/date automatic movement. Captain Poindexter's signature is on the dial, helping to remind buyers of the tribute to this amazing person
T25 VS T100
With both T25 and T100 Tritium illumination options available in our collection, we often get asked “what's the difference?” and “which is better?”.
The answers are relatively simple, there is a difference (keep reading) and neither is better – it’s completely subjective.
The T rating refers to the total watch radiation content which is measured in millicuries. All watches with a T25 rating contain up to 25mCi of radiation content and similarly, watches with a T100 rating contain above 25mCi and up to 100mCi.
Although not as jaw-dropping as the massive Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQuest 3000M diver (DM3000A-SCJ-BK) that the brand started selling about two years ago, the limited edition Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Captain Poindexter still makes quite an impression with its massive body and a...
§ 30.15 Certain items containing byproduct material.
(a) Except for persons who apply byproduct material to, or persons who incorporate byproduct material into, the following products, or persons who initially transfer for sale or distribution the following products containing byproduct material, any person is exempt from the requirements for a license set forth in section 81 of the Act and from the regulations in parts 20 and 30 through 36 and 39 of this chapter to the extent that such person receives, possesses, uses, transfers, owns, or acquires the following products:
(1) Timepieces or hands or dials containing not more than the following specified quantities of byproduct material and not exceeding the following specified levels of radiation:
(i) 25 millicuries of tritium per timepiece,
(ii) 5 millicuries of tritium per hand,
(iii) 15 millicuries of tritium per dial (bezels when used shall be considered as part of the dial),
(iv) 100 microcuries of promethium 147 per watch or 200 microcuries of promethium 147 per any other timepiece,
(v) 20 microcuries of promethium 147 per watch hand or 40 microcuries of promethium 147 per other timepiece hand,
(vi) 60 microcuries of promethium 147 per watch dial or 120 microcuries of promethium 147 per other timepiece dial (bezels when used shall be considered as part of the dial),
(vii) The levels of radiation from hands and dials containing promethium 147 will not exceed, when measured through 50 milligrams per square centimeter of absorber:
(A) For wrist watches, 0.1 millirad per hour at 10 centimeters from any surface,
(B) For pocket watches, 0.1 millirad per hour at 1 centimeter from any surface,
(C) For any other timepiece, 0.2 millirad per hour at 10 centimeters from any surface.
(viii) 0.037 megabecquerel (1 microcurie) of radium-226 per timepiece in intact timepieces manufactured prior to November 30, 2007.
(2)(i) Static elimination devices which contain, as a sealed source or sources, byproduct material consisting of a total of not more than 18.5 MBq (500 μCi) of polonium-210 per device.
(ii) Ion generating tubes designed for ionization of air that contain, as a sealed source or sources, byproduct material consisting of a total of not more than 18.5 MBq (500 μCi) of polonium-210 per device or of a total of not more than 1.85 GBq (50 mCi) of hydrogen-3 (tritium) per device.
(iii) Such devices authorized before October 23, 2012 for use under the general license then provided in § 31.3 and equivalent regulations of Agreement States and manufactured, tested, and labeled by the manufacturer in accordance with the specifications contained in a specific license issued by the Commission.
(3) Balances of precision containing not more than 1 millicurie of tritium per balance or not more than 0.5 millicurie of tritium per balance part manufactured before December 17, 2007.
(5) Marine compasses containing not more than 750 millicuries of tritium gas and other marine navigational instruments containing not more than 250 millicuries of tritium gas manufactured before December 17, 2007.
(7) Ionization chamber smoke detectors containing not more than 1 microcurie (μCi) of americium-241 per detector in the form of a foil and designed to protect life and property from fires.
(8) Electron tubes: Provided, That each tube does not contain more than one of the following specified quantities of byproduct material:
(i) 150 millicuries of tritium per microwave receiver protector tube or 10 millicuries of tritium per any other electron tube;
(ii) 1 microcurie of cobalt-60;
(iii) 5 microcuries of nickel-63;
(iv) 30 microcuries of krypton-85;
(v) 5 microcuries of cesium-137;
(vi) 30 microcuries of promethium-147;
And provided further, That the levels of radiation from each electron tube containing byproduct material do not exceed 1 millirad per hour at 1 centimeter from any surface when measured through 7 milligrams per square centimeter of absorber.1
(9) Ionizing radiation measuring instruments containing, for purposes of internal calibration or standardization, one or more sources of byproduct material: Provided, That;
(i) Each source contains no more than one exempt quantity set forth in § 30.71, Schedule B, and
(ii) Each instrument contains no more than 10 exempt quantities. For purposes of this paragraph (a)(9), an instrument's source(s) may contain either one type or different types of radionuclides and an individual exempt quantity may be composed of fractional parts of one or more of the exempt quantities in § 30.71, Schedule B, provided that the sum of such fractions shall not exceed unity.
(iii) For purposes of this paragraph (a)(9), 0.05 microcurie of americium-241 is considered an exempt quantity under § 30.71, Schedule B.
(b) Any person who desires to apply byproduct material to, or to incorporate byproduct material into, the products exempted in paragraph (a) of this section, or who desires to initially transfer for sale or distribution such products containing byproduct material, should apply for a specific license pursuant to § 32.14 of this chapter, which license states that the product may be distributed by the licensee to persons exempt from the regulations pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section.
1 For purposes of this paragraph "electron tubes" include spark gap tubes, power tubes, gas tubes including glow lamps, receiving tubes, microwave tubes, indicator tubes, pickup tubes, radiation detection tubes, and any other completely sealed tube that is designed to conduct or control electrical currents.
Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, August 29, 2017
I like the silver M50, I do have two nice old Deep Blues with the 62 tubes. But, in the past 7 or 8 days, I've ordered or received 4 watches since getting back in the saddle, I'd better slow my role a tad bit. 43 years of marriage doesn't get me grace from the sofa?
And that Ball, that is magnificent!!!
Thanks for the Pix!