Outdoorsmen and women, this watch is for you. As far as sports and tool watches are concerned, areas of the market that are well covered are segments dealing with auto racing (tachymeters and chronographs) and any and all types of underwater endeavors. However, the adventurous outdoorsman has had little in the way of horological representation in an affordable realm. That is, until now. Ball watches has partnered with Ducks Unlimited and Mossy Oak to launch the Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited watch for those with a penchant for the great outdoors.
Deemed the ultimate hunting watch, the Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited watches are meant to accompany hunters in to the dense woodlands, or fisherman in to the freshwater streams. Additionally, it can play nicely on the wrist in everyday activities and even while you sit at your laptop in your shared workspace. What is nice about this watch is that partial proceeds from its sale benefit the U.S. Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation.
The Swiss mechanical watch, inspired by Ball’s Fireman Enterprise watch, measures a contemporary 40mm in diameter. The black dial features a date window at the three o’clock, sporty yellow second hand and an oversized 9 at the 9 o’clock hour marker. Above the 6 o’clock position the Ducks Limited logo is displayed and a commemorative Ducks Unlimited engraved back.
Features and Functions of Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited Watches
What makes the watch so utilitarian is its micro-gas light tritium markers to help with low light legibility. The micro-gas tritium is highly functional, as the luminosity lasts 25 years without a recharge and is 100 times brighter than luminous paint markers used by other manufacturers.
In keeping with the outdoorsmen durability, the watch is powered by the Swiss caliber Ball RR1103 with screw-down crown, satin- and polished- stainless steel case and anti-reflective sapphire crystal. It offers 40 hours of power reserve (in case you are waiting a very long time for those ducks), and is water resistant to 100 meters.
Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited Styles and Prices
Outdoorsmen have three styles to choose from. The first presents the black dial watch on a stainless steel bracelet. The second offers the same black dial but on a camouflaged NATO strap — both with Ducks Unlimited engraving on the case back.
The third piece boasts a Bottom Land Mossy Oak ‘fist full of dirt’ patterned camouflaged dial on camouflaged NATO strap. This watch is created in a limited edition of 1,199pieces. Generally selling for $1,125 (for the black dial) and $1,325 for the camp version, Ducks Unlimited and Mossy Oak members receive a 25% adjusted rate of $899 and $999. The watches will be available for sale in November via shop.BallWatch.com/ducksusa.
Impressions Of The Ball Fireman Ducks Unlimited Watch
While I am not a hunter, the idea of laying in wait with a hunting dog as your companion and a great watch on the wrist has its bright spots. Plus, wearing camo – even with a camouflaged dial and strap is pretty cool. Looking for the right watch to show off your hobby, or the right gift for that special someone who loves the outdoors? You may have just found it.