A watch made for storm chasers – how awesome does that sound? Well, that’s the premise behind this new timepiece from Ball Watch Company, called the Fireman Storm Chaser Pro. The watch is a product of collaboration between Ball and Dr. Joshua Wurman, an American inventor and atmospheric scientist, who is also a member of the Ball Explorers Club. Furthermore, Mr. Wurman is the founder and the president of the Center for Severe Weather Research. One of his notable inventions is the Doppler on Wheels, a special radar truck which enables scientists to get closer to tornadoes.
This extensive experience in tornado research and detection was just what Ball needed to create a watch for storm chasers, a watch that combines chronograph with a telemeter. The latter will be particularly useful – for example, with this feature, one can easily find out the difference between lightning and themselves. It’s pretty easy to use: as soon the lightning has been seen, the chronograph has to be activated, and then stopped after the thunder has been heard. The central second hand will point to a specific spot on the telemeter scale, displaying the distance in kilometers.
The timepiece features a stainless steel case measuring 42 mm in diameter. On the right side, we can notice the crown and the two pushers, while on the front, we can see the matte black anodized aluminum ring surrounding the bezel. This is also one exceptionally sturdy case – it can withstand forces of up to 5,000 Gs, which sounds great. Also, the water resistance of the watch is 100 meters.
Looking at the dial, we’re presented with a contrasting color scheme. Namely, we have a black background contrasted by the two sub-dials at 6 and 12 o’clock positions. This is all spiced up with some orange, which is present on the tip of the second hand, as well as some graduations on the dial. Additionally, the hands and indices all have luminescent micro tubes with H3 gas; the tubes are also are raised on metal appliqués. This means a much more effective lighting, as the tubes themselves don’t have to be exposed to daylight or some other sources of light to be functional. As for the rest of the dial, at 3 o’clock we can see two apertures, one for days of the week, and another for the dates. And this is not all – Ball has also prepared two more versions of the dial, with grey or white background. Finally, the whole dial is covered by a sturdy sapphire crystal with antireflective coating.
Inside, we find the caliber BALL RR1402, an automatic mechanical movement which can actually be seen from the back of the case, thanks to the sapphire crystal back. And as for the strap, the watch is completed with a sporty-looking calf leather strap with some nice orange stitching. But this is not the only wrist option – the timepiece can also be complemented with a stainless steel bracelet, which goes well with the case.