On 4th October, 2004, Brian Binnie piloted the private rocket SpaceShipOne into a new era of space flight. This rocket became the first privately funded rocket to exceed Mach 3 and to reach over 100 km in altitude. SpaceShipOne is also the first privately funded manned spacecraft that is re-usable.
To celebrate this truly great human performance The Ball Watch Company has reinvented their Engineer Hydrocarbon watch.
SpaceShipOne’s pilot Brian Binnie marvelled at the thin ribbon of electrical blue light that separates the atmosphere and the blackness that is space. In paying homage to the once fantasy now turned reality endeavours of SpaceShipOne the new Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Glow creates it own magical blue ribbon.
Ice blue and yellow micro gas tubes have been added to the bezel and the dial for a special night reading capability. Over 80 gas micro tubes used on the hour, minute, second hands and the dial alone. These micro tubes are also included in the numerals and indexes on the unidirectional rotating bezel.
To enhance the grip and shock protection of the Spacemaster Glow a new patented crown protection system has been introduced. The entire crown now sits within its crown guard; with the locking mechanism on top. The crown itself has been improved with deeper ridges to enable it to be turned even while wearing gloves.
Not surprisingly, this amazing timepiece, in a stainless case, has been created to withstand 7500 Gs in shock tests.