Which one! Fireman Classic, Racer Classic, or Marvelight!

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    Which one! Fireman Classic, Racer Classic, or Marvelight!

    Hello Ballers, Im thinking about my first Ball watch. I like the simple looks, and it happens that the three I like are some of the most wallet friendly pieces Ball makes. What Im wondering is, which of these do you guys think would be good for popping the cherry?
    I've decided its going to be either one of the firemen, classic or racer classic. Or the new Marvelight. Obviously the marvelight is new, so not a ton of reviews on it. But does anyone with some experience with these watches have any preference? Beyond the what looks like larger case of the marvelight, is there much difference?

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    poll for my post

    Sorry, I should have put this on my previous post. I always hit submit then remember.

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    Re: Which one! Fireman Classic, Racer Classic, or Marvelight!

    I think the Marvelight will win the poll, but for me, out of the 3, I would chose the Racer classic due to its 42mm size. For a smaller classic Ball I would go with the Trainmaster Eternity in blue.

    The Marvelight would win if it wasn't for the cyclops.


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    Re: Which one! Fireman Classic, Racer Classic, or Marvelight!

    If you take a look at a few threads down, I posted some photos of the blue dial Marvelight I received on Friday. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take more photos and write a review like I had intended this weekend. Among these three watches (without doing some research to definitively say), I would guess it comes down to a matter of aesthetics. My guess would be they all use the same movement, have virtually the same case and come in at a very similar price point. It would all depend on what does it for you visually. The Marvelight of course will give the most lume of the three. Best of luck with your decision! I don't think you could go wrong with any of them.
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    Re: Which one! Fireman Classic, Racer Classic, or Marvelight!

    The forum sponsor has a nice pre-loved Engineer II COSC Red Label, same basic case, COSC movement, little different dial. 2 rubber straps and bracelet.


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    Re: Which one! Fireman Classic, Racer Classic, or Marvelight!

    I enjoy the clean-classic look of the Marvelight. It's a tried and true basic design with some nicely unique Ball features like the Lume that continues to get high marks. Probably next on my list.

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    Re: Which one! Fireman Classic, Racer Classic, or Marvelight!

    Hello, I like the first one. I think the Marvelight will prove to be overrated. I have a similar configuration with my old Engineer Hydrocarbon II (no longer produced). The wide, luminous chapters tend to overwhelm the thin tubes on the hands; you have to " search" for the time. Good luck with your choice. heb

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    Which one! Fireman Classic, Racer Classic, or Marvelight!

    The Engineer series watch (Marvelight) is designed to be more resistant to: water, magnetic fields, shock...than a Fireman. This does make it thicker than the Fireman. The Fireman will be slightly better balanced then the EII due to the lower profile and less weight. Lume wise should be obvious. Looks as always is a matter of taste. The two Fireman case and fit wise are identical so which appeals more is the choice there. Of the two Firemen I would choose the Race Classic (I like the markers and dial better), but I would actually spend money for the Marvelight which would make it my overall choice.
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    Re: poll for my post

    I would have voted, but there was no category for "none of the above"....I think better choices abound.













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    Re: poll for my post

    Quote Originally Posted by timefleas View Post
    I would have voted, but there was no category for "none of the above"....I think better choices abound.
    In that style and price range, what do you suggest?

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