Introducing the BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II, Available Now for a Special Pre-Order Price

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I feel like a record on repeat writing this, but yes, BALL is back with another pre-order, and yes, it’s another good one. The Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II is a tough-as-nails sport watch, overbuilt to BALL’s exacting standard and offered now at a fraction of the retail price. I won’t go into my spiel about BALL’s new business model other than to say that if you’re a potential customer looking to get a solid timepiece, BALL’s offering another really compelling option here.

Introducing the BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II, shown here with a black dial.

The Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II builds on its predecessor, a robust traveler’s watch capable of tracking three separate time zones via the GMT hand and a 24-hour bezel. The update here is primarily focused on the bezel, which is now curved and features embedded green-colored micro gas tubes for nighttime luminosity which, according to BALL, took quite a bit of engineering and trial-and-error to get right.

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Blue dialed variant shown here.

As one might expect, the dial—available in either blue or black—features its fair share of tritium gas tubes, too. Each hour marker is fitted with yellowed-toned tubes, doubled up at three, six, nine, and 12 (the set at 12 is orange). The broad sword hands feature a tube each, and the red, needle-tipped arrow GMT hand features a single green tube. Other than tritium, blue-colored Super-LumiNova illuminates the 24-hour hour index. During the day, the watch is largely understated, downplaying the different hues of the luminous components. But turn the light off and you’re met with a cornucopia of color.

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Moving to the case, the Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II has some solid engineering behind it. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters, anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m, and shock resistant to 7,500Gs. The crown features a protective lock to avoid accidental decoupling.

The case measures 42mm with a height of 13.85mm. The bezel is bi-directional. A domed sapphire crystal protects the dial and features an anti-reflective coating to minimize glare.The watch comes mounted on either a rubber strap or a tapered stainless steel bracelet with BALL’s patented folding buckle. I had some hands-on time with this clasp, and it punches well above its weight. An additional BALL-branded NATO strap is offered at an small surcharge, too.

Powering the watch is BALL’s caliber RR1201-C, which is essentially a re-badged ETA 2893-2 that has been Chronometer rated.

As was the case with past releases, BALL is once again offering a personalized engraving on the case back at no additional charge. This pre-order is available for $1,779 on a rubber strap and $1,849 on a matching stainless steel bracelet. This offer ends September 20, 2017, and the collection is limited to just 1,000 units. BALL

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Ilya is Worn & Wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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