A little bit over two years in the past, we introduced you phrase of Ball teaming up with Ducks Unlimited to assist elevate funds for wetlands conservation, through the Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited (you possibly can examine that right here). While I’m not a hunter, the trouble they’re supporting appeared good, and I ended up choosing one up for myself. Which means, in fact, we get to provide the full evaluate.
While the Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited is clearly centered on the partnership, the branding will not be one thing you’ll discover all that distracting. On the dial facet, you’ve bought the Ducks Unlimited emblem exhibiting up on the 6 o’clock place, after which on the caseback, you’ve bought a extra detailed visible. From the wrist, nevertheless, it doesn’t essentially bounce out at you.
What does bounce out concerning the Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited is simply how cleanly legible the watch is. In the sunshine, you’ve bought the white-on-black scheme, with barely longer tritium tubes marking out the hours, and shorter ones for the interstitial minutes. The 30 and 60 on the dial remind you of that as properly, after which the outsized 9 balances out the date show. I by no means had an issue choosing out the handset both, because the excessive polish actually grabs the entire gentle that it could actually, so you possibly can simply see the time towards the darkish dial.
Of course, as soon as the lights go down, that’s the place the Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited (or any Ball, for that matter) actually begins to shine (sure, the pun was meant). That’s in fact as a result of tritium tubes. The minute tubes are in inexperienced, hours in yellow (with orange for 12 o’clock); the handset options white tubes. In brief, a full number of colours that each work collectively, and guarantee you may make sense of what your eyes are perceiving. While it’s not the complete rainbow association that I’ve been entranced by on a few of their current releases, this does offer you lots of selection.
On the wrist, the proportions of the Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited are nearly good, when it comes to the 40mm case diameter towards the 20mm bracelet. Viewed from the facet, the 11.3mm top can look a bit thick in proportion, however it doesn’t put on like a puck. If you’ve worn any kind of metal sports activities watch or diver, you’ll be proper at residence right here. And from my expertise, something that isn’t a costume possibility from Ball does are usually thicker, to supply up the entire resistances (shock, magnetic, water) that they provide, in addition to becoming in area for the rotor of the automated motion.
Since I’ve gotten the Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited in, I’ve been carrying it as my main watch once I’ve not been winding by a few of the varied evaluate loaners which have hit the desk. The bracelet is comfy, and being largely a brushed end, it doesn’t really feel overly dressy. Then once more, it does have polished accents, as do giant elements of the case, which implies you possibly can simply put on this watch with a go well with ought to the event name for it.
That’s not all of the Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited is meant for, in fact. It’s meant for the outside, and I’ve had it out and about within the chilly climate up right here, and totally intend to take it with me when tenting season hits right here within the Midwest. It needs to be a succesful timekeeper for all of that, with the added bonus of having the ability to simply inform simply how late it’s gotten whereas sitting across the campfire. If you need to choose up your personal, the Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited goes for $1,199 within the configuration we’ve proven right here, or $1,449 for a Mossy Oak-patterned dial. You can take a look at the small print, and order your personal, at ballwatch.ch.
Tech Specs from Ball
- Movement: Automatic caliber BALL RR1103
- Power Reserve: 38 hours
- Shock Resistance: 5,000Gs
- Stainless Steel
- Diameter: 40mm
- Height 11.3 mm
- Water Resistance: 100m/330ft
- Anti-magnetism: 4,800A/m
- Patented Micro Gas Tubes: 63 tubes on the hour, minute, second palms and dial mix to supply unsurpassed luminosity for night time studying functionality with out an exterior energy supply?100 occasions brighter than luminous paint
- Functions: Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and date
- Crown: Screwed-in crown
- Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Bracelet: Stainless metal