The Fireman Racer DLC Ref. NM3098C-P1J-BK is one of the more stealth looking model from Ball Watch Company. It’s tough, understated, and has tritium gas tubes in the hands and dial to shine brightly at night.
The Fireman Racer DLC is powered by the Ball RR1103 automatic movement, which is a ETA 2824-2. Ball puts an emphasis on accuracy under adverse conditions. The Fireman is ISO1413 certified to withstand up to 5,000g of shock resistance.
The Fireman Racer DLC has a unique case design that is synonymous with other models from the Fireman classic collection that is an evolution of Ball watches from the past. Measuring 43 x 11.35mm the stainless steel body has been DLC treated and has a robust feel and weight that is meant to make it more of daily wear. The multi-piece case of the Raceer DLC has been treated with DLC (diamond like carbon) to give it a understated black finishing. What esentially DLC does is to cover the stainless steel case with a DLC treatment to strengthen the case making it more resistant to daily scratches. The sapphire crystal attached to it is treated to anti-reflective coating.
The 21mm lugs are contoured for a comfortable fit. The screwdown crown at 3 is engraved with Ball's “RR” logo. Making this a good 100m water resistant, good enough for everyday wear.
The Fireman Racer DLC has a clean no nonsense matte black dial. Stealth looking with gray arabic numbers and glossy black hands. One of the unique aspects of the Ball watches are their use of tritium gas tubes. The tubes have tritium gas inside which is radioactive, emitting electrons which react with a phosphor layer that coats the inside of the tube. The result is a constant emission of light. No more charging them by external light sources like conventional SuperLuminova. The Fireman Racer DLC features 15 X T-25 tubes, one per hour marker and one per hand. Hours 1 – 11 and hands all glow green, while 3,6,9 glow orange and 12 glows in yellow. Thanks to the difference in luminous color, orientation is easy and makes time reading in the dark easy.
The Fireman Racer DLC is available with a black rubber strap with pyramid details. Perfect for those on the go.
Maker: Ball Watch Company
Movement: Ball RR1103/ETA2824-2 automatic movement.
Dial: Matte black.
Luminous: 15 micro gas tubes on hour, minute, second hands and dial for night reading capability
Date: 4.30 O'clock
Case: Black DLC. Stainless steel.
Crown: Screwdown Ball signed crown
Crystal: Sapphire crystal, anti-reflection coating
Strap: Black rubber strap.
Water resistance: 100m
Dimensions: 43mm in diameter, 11.35mm thick
Power Reserve: ~40 hours