Impressively, think about how many different clocks has evolved into a fill. Diver, the timer, perpetual calendar, simple dress watch and everything in between there is rich, providing utility and select all tastes. However, on this day, we come to watch may win the odd niche’s award.
This is the Ball Fireman Storm Chaser Pro, a watch designed in partnership with Dr. Joshua Wurman, a distinguished meteorologist and member of the BALL Explorers Club. Its purpose? As the name suggests, the Fireman Storm Chaser Pro is designed to accompany storm chasers, or to be more specific, tornado chasers. In practice, however, the Fireman Storm Chaser Pro is simply a clean, attractive modern sports chronograph that packs a serious punch. And on top of that, it boasts the solid build and the tritium tube technology Ball has come to be known for. Let’s take a closer look.
Although may touch big 42 mm, under the condition of firefighters storm chaser Pro is a classic handsome, very good ratio and wide shoulder breadth 21 mm wide. The shell side by a fluid, bright polished cant limit, into the center of the shell from the lug end tapering, lug itself when they encounter with the shell slightly open outward. It gives them an additional appearance, and provide some solid overall appearance.
At three o’clock, the mid-sized signed crown is flanked by an attractive pair of color-coded pushers, enamel orange for the chronograph’s stop/start and black for reset. The top side is dominated by a steeply angled bezel featuring an unorthodox telemeter scale. Not as straightforward as a tachymeter, the telemeter does help the Storm Chaser Pro’s tornado-hunter cred–one of the few functions that can be performed with a telemeter scale is determining the distance of lightning strikes. What it may lack in practical application, however, the telemeter makes up for in balance, and the even spacing of the telemeter scale adds some harmony to the whole package.
It’s on the back side, though, where the Storm Chaser Pro’s case really shines. The display back gives a look into the richly decorated Caliber RR1402 (more on the movement below), with its brilliantly executed perlage. The gold signature on the rotor is sharply done, and adds another layer of dressing to the overall design. and execution.
The dial of the Fireman Storm Chaser Pro comes in three variants: gloss black, gloss white, and the one we had in for review, a gorgeous metallic slate gray with a prominent vertical grain. Give full play to the light, this material from rich charcoal to almost depends on the Angle of silver. The dial at 12 and 6 through this layer, showed concentric circles black dial.
A running seconds at nine helps to balance out the dial layout, and its cross hair design with a partial seconds track is subdued but visually interesting in that it gives the dial the appearance of being a two register chronograph. Across from the running seconds is a day/date complication flanked by the Ball logo and “Automatic 100m.” The applied rectangles at each hour, in addition to being handsomely made, introduce Ball’s signature tritium tube lume system, also present in the skeletonized baton hands.
The tritium lume needs no recharging, it doesn’t fade with time, and while it might not be as bright as, say, Seiko’s lume, it does emit a steady green glow through the night (with orange lume accents at 12, three, six, and nine.) This theme of orange accents is continued through the chronograph seconds hand, with a bright orange tip and Ball’s “RR” script counterweight. It in the whole design is the window of a striking, but not from excessive or magnificent.
At the heart of the Fireman Storm Chaser Pro is the Ball Caliber RR1402, an in-house customized and decorated version of the venerable Valjoux 7750. While it might not be a ground-up original design, it’s a base that’s been used since time immemorial and it has proven itself to be supremely reliable. Beating here at 28,800 bph, it gives the Fireman Storm Chaser Pro great accuracy and a buttery smooth sweep. Beyond the decoration, however, what really makes the RR1402 stand out is its toughness, with a claimed 5,000 G of shock resistance.
Straps and Wearability
Both a stainless bracelet and a calfskin leather strap are available for the Fireman Storm Chaser Pro. Our tester came in on leather, and while the strap is a bit quirky, it is a definite winner with a unique design. There’s a layer of black leather on top of the main gray segment, and several holes are punched in this layer, exposing the grey underneath, to give it t he feel of a classic rally strap. The overall effect is motility, orange stitching makes a visually interesting strap, and watch the rest of the harmony. However, if it’s not your taste, switching is easy enough.
Just as important, the watch is seriously comfortable on the wrist, with thick padding and a soft genuine leather liner. The finish on the buckle is exquisite as well, with simulated screws, and a deep, clear signature etching. In terms of overall wearability, it carries quite a bit of presence–it’s in the same size ballpark as an Omega Speedmaster Pro, but it somehow feels a tad larger. But even with the long straight lugs it doesn’t come off as overwhelming on my smaller 6.75-inch wrist. With the bright orange accents, it might not be suitable for the most formal of situations, but it gives a bit of pop for everything from blazer wear to t-shirts.
Fireman Storm ambulance-chasers wanting Pro role far beyond the scope of Ball have. Although it has powerful function, reliability and strong toughness, but its clean, attractive design and solid value makes it a great choice For anyone looking for a quality time clock. It might ring up at $3,400 retail, but even at that price, it’s a value proposition. In terms of finish, amenities, and overall impression, it stacks up very favorably against substantially more expensive chronographs (looking at you, Tag Carrera) while maintaining a flair all its own. More than once during my time reviewing this watch I thought very seriously about selling off a chunk of my collection to snag one of these, and the more time I spent with it the better that idea sounded. If you haven’t had the chance to check out what Ball can offer, seriously give this one a look.