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Ball Fireman Classic 40mm Watch

Ball Fireman Classic 40mm Watch Watch Releases

These days Ball watches are an easy buy. Well-made mechanical Swiss watches that tend to fit the bill nicely and their prices are more fair than inflated. Ubiquitous tritium gas tube illumination ain’t bad either. Ball’s core design ethos is split between original designs, al la Engineer Hydrocarbon creations, as well as faithful homages. This new Fireman Classic 40mm is among the latter. It isn’t the first time anyone has given a nod to Patek Philippe, and this latest Ball watch is their interpretation of the the Patek Philippe 5107 from a dial design perspective.

While the Patek will be only about 37mm wide on your wrist, the Fireman Classic is 40mm wide making for a nicely-sized dress watch. Hour indicators and dauphine hands are as close as Ball can get to the Patek look while incorporating tritium gas tubes on the face. You’ll find the tubes neatly placed in the hands, as well as oriented vertically as the lume points on the periphery of the dial. The case is rather durable as well being water resistant to 100 meters (with screw-down crown) and rather shock resistant.

Ball will offer both a black and silver dial version of the Fireman Classic, as well as a steel bracelet or leather strap. The text also seems to suggest that a rubber strap will be offered – making for an interesting intersection of sport and formality. While the hour markers and hands are highly polished, unlike the Patek Philippe, the Fireman Classic opts for a mostly brushed steel case. At 11.3mm thick, the case is thin enough to be under a sleeve most of the time. Inside the Ball Fireman Classic 40mm is a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. No word on price yet, but no doubt it isn’t up to Patek Philippe level investments. A good combo of features indeed for those who love this style of watch. On, and there will be a ladies’ version as well which is 31mm wide. More on the Fireman Classic after Baselworld 2013. Price is $1,399 on a strap and $1,499 on the bracelet. ballwatchusa.com

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  • Ulysses31

    Ball does it again.  Another pair of beautiful timepieces.  Hands, dials, hour markers that are distinctive in design and gleam due to the polishing.  The tubes are integrated so well here that you wouldn’t even notice them from a casual glance.  Bland for some but i’d be happy to wear one of these on a regular basis.

  • TimelyOne

    This timepiece really hits the marks. Classic design, correctly sized hands, screw down crown and tritium too. Only change needed is the date should be white on black. Looks great on the leather strap!

  • ZL

    Thank you for introducing me to Ball!

  • Kris C

    Nice watches for sure, and a great MSRP for what you get, but this is not what I think of when I imagine a Ball watch. This brand to me is all about the over abundance of tritium tubes, using them to build numerals and handsets; watches that can’t be in the same room with you when you sleep because they are so bright. Its a tool/sport watch brand in my eyes, I don’t see myself putting them on the consideration block when I want to ass something dressy to the collection.
    Ball maybe has the best counterweight for a seconds hand out there. Love it.

    • Kris C

      When I want to ass something? Yikes!

      • lildavey

        Sometimes a man just wants to ass something dressy.

  • Salon1

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