July 25, 2010

Ball Fireman II Review

Ball Fireman II Watch Review

  Ball brings a new version of the Fireman, the Fireman II. It has long been said that Ball offers an incredible value with their watches. The watch starts at $999 at the time of this review and is worth every penny. The watch is offered on a leather strap or on a bracelet. The versatility of the Fireman II makes it a dress watch you can swim with at 100m water resistance or on a strap for a more casual look. 
  Ball offers the Fireman II in four different colored index variations, red, green, yellow, and brown. The straps are accented with different stitch colors depending on the version chosen. Using Ball’s signature tritium gas tubes, there are 14 tubes illuminating the watch. Noticeably, there is not a tube located on the seconds hand. I actually like this better for this watch. This keeps the hand seconds hand more symmetrical and flows with the design nicely. A larger section would be needed on the hand to make room for a tube, lume is not necessary on a non-dive watch. It is powered by the very reliable ETA 2824, with an estimated 40 hour power reserve.

Pros - Large legible design, very versatile, price

Consideration - 43mm is on the larger side as a dress watch.

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 43mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: N/A
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Movmt: ETA 2824-2
Power Reserver: 40 hrs
Water Resistant: 100M
Lug Width: 21mm

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