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BALL Titanium Watch Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU (approximate weight 200 grams)

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BALL Watch Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU

Rugged, compact and light on its feet (thanks to its Titanium construction), this is the latest Ball NEDU diver, the Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU.



The NEDU or Navy Experimental Diving Unit is a specialist unit of the United States Navy that is responsible for rolling out operational diving and decompression rules for the United States Armed Forces.

It assesses the systems and procedures involved in surviving hyperbaric and diving environments.


The NEDU's research has enabled new procedures and new equipment to develop and increase diving safety, applying the Safety First principle that has always been at the forefront of BALL Watch Co. for its diver’s models.

In particular, the NEDU established the decompression timetables that are a vital reference for all SCUBA divers.


In addition to the association with the NEDU, this new Ball diving chronograph has one or two nifty tricks up its sleeves.

For starters the HEV AKA Ball’s patented automatic Helium Escape Valve has been directly integrated into the crown thus improving the chronograph's water-resistance even further.


The design has been engineered as such that it completely eliminates any potential surface harm, such as warping under the effects of water pressure.

I mean if you were ever to go seriously Ball’s deep – sorry couldn’t resist, you know what I mean.


The crown itself is fitted with a patented protection system used on all Engineer Hydrocarbon models, helping to avoid any unintentional manipulation of the timepiece.


Another specific feature of the new NEDU includes the two chamfers cut into the case flange supporting the bezel;

these act as drains to facilitate the outflow of any seawater that might have become lodged between the components.


This clever addition also invented by BALL Watch also helps combat any possible effects of saltwater corrosion.

As mentioned, the case is constructed from Titanium and measures 42mm in diameter by 17.3mm in height.

It is equipped with a luminous ceramic bezel, an AR-treated Sapphire crystal, a patented crown protection system, and said patented Helium Escape Valve.


The case-back is engraved with a diver motif, the NEDU's official emblem. It is shock-resistant to 7,500Gs, anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m, and it is water resistant to 600 meters.


Powering the watch is a Swiss automatic Ball caliber RR1402-C , based on an ETA Valjoux 7750 with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power-reserve of 42 hours. It is a COSC certified-chronometer.


The dial comes in either graduated blue, black, Navy blue or white. It boasts 21 micro gas tubes on the hour, minute and second hands.

The new Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU comes on either a Titanium bracelet with a patented folding buckle and extension system, or on a rubber diver’s strap with a Titanium buckle.

MSRP is from 4’399 to USD4’499.

Like this? Check out the Ball’s answer to the Fifty Fathoms, the Engineer Hydrocarbon ORIGINAL.



Thoughts? While the price is a little steep, it appears to be a really nicely engineered piece of kit plus the NEDU association is very cool to boot. What do you think?

https://oceanictime.blogspot.com/20...RMqqUsjgzZ4awEi6DEKwk3KW0DHnNo9O-6uPuJqDo_X4o

https://shop.ballwatch.ch/en/DC3026A-NEDU?model=DC3026A-S3C-BE


WORLD FIRST: A HELIUM RELEASE VALVE BUILT INTO THE CROWN.
The Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU represents major technological innovation in the design of diving watches. Dedicated to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) – a United States Navy unit responsible for rolling out operational diving and decompression rules for the US Armed Forces – the NEDU timepiece is a tool watch of the highest order, featuring extraordinary water resistance and technology strong enough for military missions.



The Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU represents major technological innovation in the design of diving watches. Dedicated to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) – a United States Navy unit responsible for rolling out operational diving and decompression rules for the US Armed Forces – the NEDU timepiece is a tool watch of the highest order, featuring extraordinary water resistance and technology strong enough for military missions.



EASY TO TURN, EASY TO READ.
Built from chromed pure black ceramic, the uni-directional rotating bezel is exceptionally resistant to corrosion, scratches and ultraviolet rays. Its ergonomic contours ensure precise handling even when wearing diving gloves, while the oversized numerals and graduation enable immediate legibility. Supporting the bezel are two chamfers cut into the case flange, acting like drains to expel any trapped water.



TAKE FLIGHT IN THE DARK OF NIGHT.
On the aviator-inspired dial, revolutionary micro gas tubes shine at each hour index and on the main hands for easy readability. The 3, 6 and 9 o’clock markings feature double gas tube markings, while the 12 o’clock position is adorned with a pair of ultra-distinctive gas tubes for quick orientation in darkness. The second time-zone GMT hand tops this all off with green gas tubes, in tribute to BALL’s corporate colors.



DESIGNED TO DIVE DEEP.
Along with 600 meter water resistance, the NEDU features a world first in watchmaking: the automatic helium release valve is directly incorporated into the crown. This patented BALL innovation allows helium, hydrogen and other gases to safely escape during decompression – eliminating damage. The chronograph functions are also fully operational under water thanks to the design of the pushers.



FULLY AUTOMATIC PRECISION.
The automatic BALL RR1402-C movement is a chronograph caliber that measures and indicates elapsed time up to 12 hours. Its COSC certified precision is protected by anti-shock and anti-magnetic technology. The self-winding movement is securely housed inside a robust 42mm case with a thickness of 17.3mm, while the case back features a diver motif echoing NEDU’s official emblem.




SPECIFICATIONS
CUSTOMER SERVICE > WARRANTY
WEIGHT
  • Approx. 200g
MOVEMENT
  • Automatic caliber BALL RR1402-C
  • Chronometer certified COSC
SIZE (CASE)
  • Ø 42mm, height 17.3mm
WATER RESISTANCE
  • 600m/2000ft
ANTI-MAGNETISM
  • 4,800A/m
MICRO GAS TUBES
  • 21 micro gas tubes on hour, minute, second hands, dial and pushers
  • for night reading capability
FUNCTIONS
  • Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds, day and date
  • Underwater operable chronograph with accumulated measurement
  • up to 12 hours
  • Helium System Patented
  • 7,500Gs shock resistance
CASE MATERIAL
  • Titanium
  • Top ceramic luminous unidirectional rotating bezel
CROWN
  • Patented crown protection system
CRYSTAL
  • 3.7mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
DIAL COLOR
  • Gradient blue, black or blue
BRACELET
  • Tapered titanium and stainless steel bracelet with patented folding
  • buckle & extension system or rubber strap with standard buckle
 

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A very impressive, standard size, automatic, day/date, PD, chronograph, in some outstanding executions, from Ball. :thumb: for posting this up, Mike.:hat:
 
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