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Old 28 March 2018, 01:38 AM   #1
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Ball Engineer DEVGRU Arrived

Last fall, I pre-ordered a Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DEVGRU watch from Switzerland. They advertised it as a limited edition of 1,000 units, and supposedly designed it with input from Seal Team Six, the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU.) It shipped a couple of weeks ago and arrived yesterday. I really like what I see and feel. The watch is a beast. Heavy in the hand, but very comfortable on the wrist. The DEVGRU has a water resistant 42-mm stainless steel case good to to 100 meters of sea water, and it is magnetism-resistant to 4,800 A/m. The movement is the automatic BALL RR1102-SL based on the ETA 2836-2 with automatic winding, a 28,800-vph frequency and a 38-hour power reserve.

The watch has 14 tritium gas micro tubes on the hands and hour markers which glow for 25 years. A SpringSEAL locks the regulator assembly to prevent it from shifting upon impact. It can withstand a 10 meter free fall or 50,000 Gs. The SpringLOCK system is a cage around the hairspring designed to prevent twisting in a sudden shock. A red elastomer ring suspends and shields the entire dial and movement from G-forces and shock. The crown has a protective screw-down cap and guard.

The bracelet adjusts very well by removing links of different sizes and/or adjusting pins on the butterfly deployant clasp. The lugs are huge and bulky, but it's extremely comfortable on the wrist. I'm confident it can withstand skiing, falling while skiing, mountain biking, falling while mountain biking or any other activity I can accomplish. I'm very happy with it.























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Old 28 March 2018, 01:41 AM   #2
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Great looking watch, congrats!

Love my Aero GMT. Those trit tubes are a joy to see at night.
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Old 28 March 2018, 02:37 AM   #3
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Probably great for the activities mentioned by the OP but I would like to see an actual Devgru operator who would wear that watch...Casio or Garmin for the win.

Hopefully some proceeds go towards worthy service members fund!
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I think Ball created the watch with assistance from SEAL members for civilians. The technology is sound, especially the shock resistance, but it could never be worn in the field. One of the main problems I see with it is the lack of a secondary safety clasp. The clasp has popped open in two occasions with activity.

I have a friend who is an Element Leader with a Marine Corps Raider tactical team. (The Marine special forces unit.) He wears a Luminox 1881. BO. I purchased one, and it's a great, durable watch.


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Old 18 April 2018, 06:39 AM   #6
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That Ball look great, congrats! the movement / stem / crown are all suspended?
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Old 18 April 2018, 06:53 AM   #7
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the movement / stem / crown are all suspended?
That's my understanding.
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Old 20 April 2018, 09:32 AM   #8
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Really nice, wear in good health!
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Old 20 April 2018, 02:23 PM   #9
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I've been gravitating toward this brand lately . The fit and finish looks pretty nice for the price and the lume is great. Thinking about buying one from the Fireman collection.
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