The average lay person has most likely not heard about BALL watches before. However, budding horologists, watch enthusiasts, and luxury watch collectors alike would know about the world-renowned reputation of this American watchmaking company.
With their RR Standard (“Rail Road Standard”) reputation, BALL’s watches are highly regarded worldwide for their robust design and steadfast dedication to the latest in timekeeping technology.
Today we focus on one of BALL’s signature watch collections: the Fireman.
Unparalleled Simplicity and Simple Sophistication
Upon first hearing the name of the BALL Fireman, you might associate it with the heroic firefighting teams who drive around in bright red fire engines. However, the Fireman is actually named after the fireman who would tend to a train’s steam engine, in line with BALL’s railroad heritage.
Also referred to as a stoker or watertender, a steam train’s fireman has the arduous task of keeping the boiler running in order to power the engine. This physically demanding job involves shovelling coal or fuel into the firebox, producing heat and steam that’s channelled into the engine. While the job has largely died out or been replaced with mechanical stokers today, BALL’s collection pays tribute to an often overlooked yet crucial job amongst railroad workers.
Channelling the hardworking and steadfast nature of its namesake, a BALL Fireman watch embodies robust design encasing a practical and exacting nature. Coming in 4 sub-collections – Fireman Victory, Fireman Enterprise, Fireman Classic, and Fireman Night Train DLC – the Fireman is an ideal watch for the wearer who values vintage sophistication in a casual or everyday watch. The Fireman Victory, in particular, is a little better suited for dressing up with its beautiful dials and clean-cut design.
Compared to other BALL watches like the BALL Engineer III Marvelight that have more complications, the Fireman (in all its iterations) is a simpler watch that is suitable for entry-level luxury watch enthusiasts and advanced collectors alike.
Robust Timekeeping with a Vintage Twist
All BALL Fireman watches contain the watchmaker’s signature tritium gas tubes that illuminate the hour, minute, or second markers in low-light conditions, increasing the versatility of the watch when worn on your wrist. Other standout features in the watches are their use of BALL’s in-house calibre, such as the Automatic calibre BALL RR1103 in the BALL Fireman NM2098C-S5J-BK Victory Men Watch and BALL Fireman NM2098C-S5J-BE Victory Men Watch.
Something else that sets BALL apart from its compatriots in the luxury watchmaking world is their inclusion of women’s watches in their signature lines. The BALL Fireman NL2098C-S3J-BK Victory Women Watch is an almost identical version of the BALL Fireman NM2098C-S5J-BK Victory Men Watch, distinguishable only by its smaller and sleeker design to suit a thinner wrist. This speaks volumes about the brand’s timeless and highly versatile design, as well as its universal ethos of delivering precision timekeeping to its customers.
Shop BALL Watches and more in Singapore
If you are looking to dip your toes into the luxury watch scene, or are on the hunt for a luxury watch that favours a simple and unadorned look, the BALL Fireman or Fireman Victory is likely to be the watches for you.
You can now discover a wide range of BALL watches, including the BALL Engineer III, BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon, BALL Trainmaster, and more at City Chain Singapore. Our Primo boutique in VivoCity is where you can peruse luxury watches from BALL, Frederique Constant, and Oris to your satisfaction. Our strict internal QC standards ensure that all BALL watches in our collection are authentic and genuine, with competitive prices befitting their high-quality nature.
Pay a visit to City Chain Primo at VivoCity today to find the perfect timepiece for you.