First launched in 2011, the Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST II is a response tool for all divers who are willing to reach the deepest depths. Undeniably tough and equipped with the necessary diving features, the watch has been subtly redesigned to meet new standards. This new generation model features BALL’s patented automatic helium release valve directly integrated into the crown, while its ultra-tough monobloc titanium case remains untouched and unrivalled.
The world of diving is not the most welcoming environment. In order to stay accurate and to deliver trustworthy functionalities to underwater explorers, a watch that reaches such depths needs to show some extra skills.
Thanks to the case being made of a single block of solid titanium, potential interfaces are reduced and thus effects of water pressure diminished. Titanium not only offers extreme corrosion resistance in water, but also outstanding everyday durability and strength, capable of withstanding and absorbing intense impact. The Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST II is water resistant up to 1000m/3300ft and is meant to reach dark environments. Strengthening the crown seals, generally considered the weak point of a watch in terms of water resistance, has contributed to avoid any entry of water when it is maintained in the screwed-in position. And in order to safely eliminate the pressure from the watch on the way back to the surface and avoid any damage, a patented automatic helium release valve has been incorporated directly into the crown, leaving the monobloc case completely untouched.
The generously proportioned titanium case as well as the wide dial opening and its streamlined design also enable immediate and clear reading of the timepiece’s indications, another essential feature of any diving watch. The markings on the rotating bezel allow the diver to accurately monitor the immersion time as well as decompression stops. The bezel has been designed to be easily gripped even with gloves on and its unidirectional rotation is an additional source of safety in the event of its accidental movement while in the water.
To allow instant and reliable visibility in every situation, the dial and the hands feature wider H₃ gas tubes in green color, one of the brightest tones that glows in the dark. This astonishing state-of-the-art Swiss technology—the iconic signature of all BALL watches—requires no external source of light or energy while being up to 100 times more efficient than conventional luminous paints. That technology prevents any risk of confusion underwater, an essential feature for divers.
The tapered stainless steel and titanium bracelet, with the BALL patented folding buckle and extension system, means the watch can be easily and safely worn on the wrist even over a diving suit. Loyal to the exceptional characteristics of its collection, the Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST II has a guaranteed shock resistance of up to 7,500Gs and an antimagnetic endurance of an intensity of up to 4,800A/m: This timepiece is clearly intended to become the instrument of reference for the underwater exploration.
The rigorous accuracy of this 42mm diameter timepiece is provided by an automatic chronometer certified caliber BALL RR1101-C. The Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST II features hours, minutes, sweep seconds and date.
Robust beyond compare, highly water resistant, the DeepQUEST II can handle extreme shocks and resist magnetic fields while assuring a comfortable wear: The Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST II is definitively the watch of all superlatives.
Today, more than ever, BALL Watch is continuing its journey and asserting its role as a key protagonist in the evolution of watchmaking history.