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Ball Fireman Racer Classic Review

Ball Fireman Racer Classic Review

The current passage point for a Ball watch wavers around $1500, which is in excess of a ton of what we talk about, yet not exactly the majority of what’s out there, particularly at retail. Helpfully, their entrance level watches are additionally their least complex, with plans outfitted towards flexibility with a twist towards dress. We’ve invested some energy with the Fireman Racer Classic , a 42mm dress/easygoing watch with a vintage look. This watch is power by the Ball RR1103 (more on that later), has a sapphire precious stone, crocodile lash, tritium tubes and a MSRP of $1,699. There’s a ton to like about the Racer Classic, however it has a genuinely exorbitant cost tag. Question is, is it worth it?

Ball Fireman Racer Classic Review

Case: Steel Movement: Ball RR1103 (ETA 2824-2/Selitta SW200) Dial: Gray Lume: Tritium Tubes Lens: Sapphire Strap: Crocodile Water Res.: 100M Dimensions: 42 x 51mm Thickness: 11.5 mm Lug Width: 21 mm Crown: 7 x 5 mm Warranty: 2 years Price: $1,699


The Fireman Race Classic has a positively intricate case that brings out mid twentieth century plan. Estimating 42 x 51 x 11.5mm the treated steel body has a vigorous size that is intended to make it a greater amount of day by day wear for certain energetic aims, notwithstanding its dressier appearance. The focal case includes a few stacked rings, each with their own look. The bezel is an average calculated ring, yet underneath that is a curved ring. This makes curiously contorted reflections that add to the visual complexity of the plan. Between this zone and the mid case in then a channel that is ventured in.

The drags come off of the mid-case, which is moderately dainty, with a slight lip. This makes the vibe of welded hauls, which plays to the historical backdrop of the brand. The math and completing on the hauls is worth extraordinary consideration. They have sharp lines, making an expansive and manly casing for the case. They are brushed on top and highlight cleaned slants on their external and base edges. From the side, the hauls appear to pizazz practically like a tear drop, which is then cutaway on its base out and external edge to make a solid and design form.

The screw-down crown at 3 is shockingly huge, maybe implying the pocket watch birthplaces of the brand. Estimating 7 x 5mm, the crown is both wide and tall, with profound sections and an exquisite “RR” logo on its end. From the start, I discovered the size of the crown to be bumping, as inhabited I showed the watch to. However, as I wore the watch more, I became accustomed to it and started to like it as a mannerism of the plan. Like the enormous crown Submariners of the 50’s, there is something rough and engaging about a particularly tall crown without crown watches. Since it’s screw down, it likewise is exceptionally strong, which adds to the form of the watch.

The case back of the Racer Classic is screw down with a profoundly carved inward territory. In the middle is a cool, adapted representation of a train with misrepresented point of view. Around it is text perusing “Ball Watch Co.” “Swiss Made” and “Shock Resistant”. I love great case back craftsmanship as, while absolutely without work, adds to the sensation of the watch as an imaginative ancient rarity, just as utilitarian watch. On the off chance that there is no showcase window, probably some exertion is valued. The profundity and style of craftsmanship present here is better compared to most.


The Racer Classic has a basic and manly dial that brings out mid-century watch plan, yet with the advanced touch of tritium tubes. The surface is a dim, debris dim with a trace of earthy colored for warmth. It additionally has a slight sunburst and pie-dish shape, for profundity and dynamic reflections. The tone is engaging similar to the completion. It’s quiet, dim and attractive for a more restrained stylish than the case has. This tempers the appearance of the entire watch, making it more controlled and sophisticated.

The essential list comprises of shark tooth formed applied steel markers, each with an implanted tritium tube. The markers are cleaned steel, and calculated on the two sides, including splendid reflections the dull surface. The math unquestionably addresses twentieth century configuration, adding some vintage claim. On the external edge of the dial is a low-lying surface with round graining and white markers for quite a long time/seconds. This adds a touch of readability and is top notch (the graining specifically is a pleasant touch), yet maybe feels somewhat incidental, similar to it was added to expand the dial to meet a bigger case size.

At 4.5 is a calculated window that shows a dark on white date. This is maybe the lone detail on the watch that annoyed me. While I had the option to become acclimated to it, and do really think the positive characteristics of this watch extraordinarily exceed this issue, that window is somewhat of a blemish. The point feels bizarre, the vicinity to the focal point of the dial is off and the dark on white is prominent. I figure the watch would have been fine without a date, and if absolutely essential, the classic 3 o’clock position, regardless of whether it implied the marker there must be cut or changed, would have streamed better. Likewise, white on dark would have been simpler on the eyes, however white on silver or coordinating dim would have been ideal.

The Racer Classic is fitted with dauphine style hands for the hours and minutes. Both are cleaned steel and highlight long tritium gas tubes. The seconds hand is a slim steel stay with a tritium tube in a square shape mostly up the stem and a stabilizer that is a profoundly itemized “RR” logo. The hands coordinate the style of the watch consummately, mirroring the plan of the shark tooth markers. The meticulousness on the seconds hand additionally stands out.


As referenced previously, one of the novel parts of the Ball watch brand is their use of tritium gas tubes, or in their language “Self-Powered Micro Gas Lights”, which in fact has a pleasant ring to it. Basically, the cylinders have tritium gas inside which is radioactive, radiating electrons which respond with a phosphor layer that covers within the cylinder. The outcome is a consistent emanation of light. One doesn’t have to charge them through daylight or other outside source as they are fueled from within.

Compared to Super Luminova, which is the thing that we all the more commonly see on watches we survey, the sparkle is genuinely quiet. They don’t get that hot charge one commonly sees subsequent to holding an electric lamp over a dial. All things being equal, they have a steady and even sparkle. From the outset, I was a piece put off by how faint it was. Be that as it may, once in a dull space, like a move theater or bar…even sitting on your bedside table, the bit of leeway becomes obvious. With your eyes changed, they are more than splendid enough to be truly decipherable, and since it’s a reliable shine, they don’t blur. I immediately wound up needing to wear the Racer Classic over different watches around evening time, and most likely took a gander at the watch more than the screen during some disillusioning occasion films; consider me converted.

The Racer Classic highlights 15 T-25 cylinders, one for every marker and one for each hand. Hours 1 – 11 all sparkle green, while 12 and the hands shine orange. The utilization of shading is incredible, as it gives you quick direction of the watch, prompting a quicker read. Since this watch has a by and large proper plan, they kept the cylinders tiny as to not disturb the look (compare to their jumpers and you’ll understand), however they are still extremely emotional. Lamentably, they are hard to photo, so pardon the not exactly exciting lume shot.


The Racer Classic is fueled by the Ball RR1103, which is a rebranded ETA 2824-2/Selitta SW200 (I say both as their subtleties demonstrate differing gem numbers). Thusly, these are automatics with 25/26 gems, hand winding, hacking, date and a recurrence of 28,800 BPH. Ball puts and accentuation on their stun opposition, however no unique instruments or securities are in play to make higher than normal stun obstruction in the RR1103. The 5,000g obstruction seems to mean they are ISO 1413 ensured, or comparably tried. Other, more costly, models include a restrictive plan called the “Spring lock” which basically shields the equilibrium from stun, expanding the protection from 7,500g.

While a dependable, staple development, a daintily rebranded ETA 2824-2/Selitta SW200 is somewhat dull at the $1,699 asking cost for this watch. In all actuality, there aren’t numerous different developments out there for them to utilize (and different watches that cost all the more actually use them), yet more embellishment, guideline, etc… would add to the value.

Straps and Wearability

The Racer Classic is accessible with either an arm band or earthy colored crocodile tie. We went with the tie alternative for audit as it is more our style, however since this watch highlights 21mm carries, the arm band may be the more shrewd decision over the long haul. It’s simpler to get a 21mm tie than a coordinating 21mm wristband. All things considered, the crocodile lash is lovely and very much made. It’s a dim, tobacco earthy colored that is by all accounts a touch blurred or dark. This causes it to support the glow in the dark of the dial and adhere to the saved and attractive look all around.

The lash itself has a decent solidness and is cushioned by the drags while slim somewhere else. The clasp Ball utilized has a cool plan to it that seems, by all accounts, to be extraordinary to the brand. It basically appears as though a roller clasp, with huge screw subtleties on one or the other side. “Ball” is the profoundly engraved into the top. Despite the fact that the actual roller isn’t genuine, the look feels suitable for the brand and the watch.

On the wrist, the Racer Classic wears well overall. It’s a sizable watch, at 42 x 51mm, so it seems more like a game watch than a dress watch, yet the look addresses the last mentioned. It’s sort of like in the event that somebody in 1950 needed to make a larger than usual (neigh, goliath) sport watch, this is what it may have resembled. Along these lines, it’s best to consider it an easygoing, every day wear watch with vintage feelings. What’s more, as that, it’s incredible. It’s exceptionally manly and simple to wear.

The dull, smokey shading is extremely satisfying and goes effectively with most clothing. It’s unquestionably a watch you can wear to the workplace, the bar or barely all over town (I even wore to a ballet! How’s that for refined!). The way that it likewise has a 100m water obstruction implies you don’t need to run and stow away if water is close to you, and the tritium cylinders will make it entirely obvious when the lights go out. All things considered, it’s a delight to wear.


With the Fireman Racer Classic , Ball has made an entirely charming every day wear watch for certain excellent highlights. The case is a masterpiece and should be found face to face to be genuinely respected. The unobtrusive movements of calculation and layered plan make something refined, yet mechanical. Likely the plan takes motivations from nineteenth and twentieth century trains themselves, which had a comparable, sentimental allure. The dial is basic and refined, with that subtle “dark and mysterious” quality. It has a balance that has a place with an alternate century, yet feels comfortable with present day attire.

And, the tritium tubes are a cool and sudden (all things considered, not from Ball) address a watch this style. They truly add usefulness in obscurity, making the Racer Classic a companion for the entire hours. The drawback of this watch is actually the cost (and the awful date window). $1,699 simply feels somewhat steep for this watch, however assemble quality and completing are first rate. Plainly a consequence of the Swiss Made stamp, retail accessibility, promoting and basic brand situating, however the development is bit a conventional, and keeping in mind that I love the tritium tubes, they are accessible on watches that cost far, undeniably less. Thus, it’s somewhat of a push-pull. I cherished wearing it, I know whether I, or maybe you, claimed it, you’d appreciate it enormously and wear it frequently. Toward the day’s end, that may legitimize the cost all things considered. All things considered, we’d love to see a passage level Ball at around $1,000, however there are no signs demonstrating something like this will exist.

review unit provided by Ball Watch Co.

By Zach Weiss