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    Ball Hydrocarbon Collection

    Did Ball recently update the series? There are some amazing looking watches in the collection now, that I don't remember seeing before.

    Love the look of some of these and they aren't enormous, which suits my wrists! I think the DeepQuest might be on my 'next watch to purchase' list. ;)

    Magnate Chrono:

    Beautiful layout, reminds me of a quality German automobile. Everything properly balanced and in its place (nothing crammed in where it shouldn't be) with a taste of Ball style in the date (which also fits perfectly with the chrono dials).

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    Lume is simplistic as well. Looks like they used the same set-up as the Ball Victory. Very understated but appealing.

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    Deep Quest:
    I love the brushed metallic case which blends into a dark grey ring and finally into an all black dial! SeXXXy!

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    The Lume is simple on this as well, but I like the Red marker they used at the 12 o'clock position and the phosphorescence on the bezel just makes everything POP.
    Love the look of this watch!

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    Spacemaster Glow:

    Not a huge fan of the Red markings on the dial but this watch is very nice looking.

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    This is probably my favorite lume scheme. I think it looks brilliant! Yellow and blue is just so cool looking on these watches. Probably why I liked my Victory so much.

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    I'm really torn between that Magnate and the Deep Quest after looking at these pics some more.
    What do you guys think?
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    Re: Ball Hydrocarbon Collection

    The Magnate sub line is the more sophisticate line within the Hydrocarbon. Personally I'm waiting for them to do an update on Magnate GMT. Magnate Chrono was just updated couple years ago I believe.
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    Re: Ball Hydrocarbon Collection

    The whole collection actually looks impressive. Can't believe I didn't notice them before.

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    Re: Ball Hydrocarbon Collection

    I think he means Magnate is a line within the EHC line.

    The watches above are all old news, however. The new ones are the Black, Airborne, and NEDU

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    Re: Ball Hydrocarbon Collection

    Note there are reviews of most of these in the review area and other places in the main forum.
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    Re: Ball Hydrocarbon Collection

    Quote Originally Posted by samanator View Post
    Note there are reviews of most of these in the review area and other places in the main forum.
    Sorry Samantor, were you trying to be helpful or making a point?
    It's hard to tell in writing sometimes.
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    Re: Ball Hydrocarbon Collection

    Quote Originally Posted by arias51 View Post
    Sorry Samantor, were you trying to be helpful or making a point?
    It's hard to tell in writing sometimes.
    Mostly helpful. Just pointing out many of these have reviews here on the forum if you have an interest in reading more about them. They are mostly up in the review area, but a few like the Airborne have not been moved there yet from the main area. I know there are reviews for the EHC DeepQUEST, Black, Magnate Chronograph, and Space Master X-Lume there.
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    Re: Ball Hydrocarbon Collection

    I've seen quite a few posts stating to stay away from the DQ if you have smaller wrists.
    I was curious about that as well. Is it because of the height? The watch case certainly isn't huge at 43mm or is this deceiving due to the extended crown?

    I'm guessing the chrono would be a good fit for me at 40mm x 14.85.

    Lastly, what is the deal with the mid-size watches? 34mm seems awfully tiny. Is that really considered a mid-size or does it wear a lot larger than the specs?
    When I purchased my Zenith in 38mm V.S. the 43mm version I saw many posts debating on whether it was a mans or woman's watch (Zenith listed it as a Woman's on their website).
    The general consensus was that a 38mm watch is still a mans size, but is a 34mm?

    It seems yet again there is another Ball watch I want that is too big for my wrists.
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    Re: Ball Hydrocarbon Collection

    The Midsize ceramic wears quite large IMHO - it is very thick for that case size.

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    Ball Hydrocarbon Collection

    Quote Originally Posted by arias51 View Post
    I've seen quite a few posts stating to stay away from the DQ if you have smaller wrists.
    I was curious about that as well. Is it because of the height? The watch case certainly isn't huge at 43mm or is this deceiving due to the extended crown?

    I'm guessing the chrono would be a good fit for me at 40mm x 14.85.

    Lastly, what is the deal with the mid-size watches? 34mm seems awfully tiny. Is that really considered a mid-size or does it wear a lot larger than the specs?
    When I purchased my Zenith in 38mm V.S. the 43mm version I saw many posts debating on whether it was a mans or woman's watch (Zenith listed it as a Woman's on their website).
    The general consensus was that a 38mm watch is still a mans size, but is a 34mm?

    It seems yet again there is another Ball watch I want that is too big for my wrists.
    43 mm is kind of deceptive on a EHC due to the guard. I give a better set of dimensions for it in my review. Basically if you are close to at least a 7" wrist size it should be fine. 6.75" may be past were this will size down to on the bracelet, but it may work on the rubber strap. Less than that probably is not possible.

    As a guide a 41/42 wears closer to a 44mm and 43 is closer to a 46. Then going to the Orbital 45 which is 57.5mm lug to lug needs at least 7.5" wrist to not look way too large.
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