While the Ball Watch Museum Tour was in Houston, the rep. told us an interesting story about the Hydrocarbon models. Seems only one crystal has been damaged to this point and it was on the arm of a military service personnel! If I have the story right, this Marine sent the damaged watch in for repair and told Ball Watch the reason he had a hand left is because the watch stopped the shrapnel from hitting him!
Ball Watch sent him a new watch to replace the damaged one at no charge with a letter of thanks to the Marine. The damaged watch is said to now being displayed at the manufacturing facility in Switzerland.
My hats off to this Marine for his service to our country and to Ball Watch for replacing his timepiece. What a very decent thing to do.