Ball Watches, purveyors of some of the best tritium clad watches available, recently ousted their latest flagship diver, the DeepQuest. Part of the Engineer Hydrocarbon range, the DeepQuest is a 3000m capable diver featuring a 43 x 16 mm single piece titanium case, an ETA 2982 COSC movement, and a full compliment of Ball’s signature tritium tube lighting. While the name “Ball DeepQuest” may garner its fair share of snickers, this is a rather serious dive watch.
It really feels as though Ball is reaching for the average Breitling buyer with this new model. The case is no larger than the Bremont Supermarine but visually its much more bulky and carries an almost pointless 3000m water resistance rating. It would be a shame if a 200m or 500m capable version could have been produced at a lesser cost as effectively no one is going to use the additional resistance and this is not a budget timepiece with retail prices over 4k.
The DeepQuest is also fitted with a unidirectional and conventionally lumed bezel, a domed sapphire crystal, and a helium escape valve. The bracelet is a mix of titanium and stainless steel and looks to be nicely reserved but buyers looking for a more casual option can opt for a Ball rubber strap. The Ball DeepQuest will retail for $4199 (pictured version) or $4399 for a model fitted with oversized arabic numerals. This watch will be a huge hit among previous Hydrocarbon owners and those looking for a very masculine but reasonably sized alternative to a Breitling, Oris or Tag Heuer.
Would love to know whether it would have been possible to have tritium tubes around the bezel instead of conventionally lumed.