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    Stormchaser Pro "Lightening" Photos and a Brief Review

    The Storm Chaser Pro "Lightning"


    The Storm Chaser Pro has landed! Below are photos of each of the three dial color variations.





    The new Storm Chaser Pro shown with a "Panda" style white dial


    As our forum moderator has pointed out, it probably makes more sense to call the watch the "Storm Chaser Lightning" instead of the Storm Chaser Pro. This is due to the fact that the watch has one less scale than the existing Storm Chaser models. These earlier models feature both a tachymeter scale on the bezel and a telemeter scale on the internal chapter ring. Typically professional grade versions have more functionality not less, and the Storm Chaser Pro only has a telemeter scale. The best argument for calling it a Pro model would be that the telemeter scale is much easier to read than the previous model, and is the most relevant scale for storm chasing.


    No matter what we call it, the use of color is one of its strongest attributes. All three dials are very legible: the white dial gently leans towards cream, the black is deep and matted black, and the gray dial is medium to dark in color. While the black and white dials feature flat dials, the gray dial features similar texture to the soleil dials such as the Fireman Victory or Racer Classic, but the lines are vertical instead of originating from the dial's center point. All three dial colors of the Storm Chaser Pro feature high contrast sub-dials with a circular guilloche pattern. Orange is present on all three watches in the two o'clock pusher, chronograph second hand, subdial markings, and dial indicators. The black leather strap ties in nicely to these design attributes as it features a coordinating gray border and orange stitching.


    While, the watch is clearly a continuation of the themes of the earlier Storm Chaser models, there are some distinctions. At 42mm, it is slightly smaller than the original's 43mm width. Another break from recent (all?) Fireman models is that it features the same style of display back that is found on Trainmaster models. The lume signature is a new pattern and relatively understated. While the Storm Chaser Pro features similar round style tritium tubes to the original steel Storm Chaser, the tubes are significantly shorter and mounted on the markers instead of directly on the dial. The presence of these defined hour markers add to the its dressier tone.


    The Fireman Storm Chaser Pro is $3,199 on leather and $3,299 on a bracelet.





    The Storm Chaser "I" & DLC model features two scales.


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    Gray Dial




















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    Re: Stormchaser Pro "Lightening" Photos and a Brief Review

    Great pics - I'm usually a fan of Black dials but in this case (no pun intended) I would vote for White, then Grey, then Black!

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    Re: Stormchaser Pro "Lightening" Photos and a Brief Review

    I agree with Balldy, white, grey then black. I do really like the grey on the bracelet. Not sure the white could pull off the bracelet as well as the grey.


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    Re: Stormchaser Pro "Lightening" Photos and a Brief Review

    I'm curious why the US version is in Kilometers not miles? I guess it may make for a more uniform bezel insert. This watch is beautifully finished.
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    Re: Stormchaser Pro "Lightening" Photos and a Brief Review

    I vote for the panda dial!

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    Re: Stormchaser Pro "Lightening" Photos and a Brief Review

    The Panda dial gives it a bit of a rally watch feel, especially with that strap. Nice looking watch.
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    I just saw the storm chaser pro and man does it look good in person! It's really quite refined even though it has less tritium tubes for the chronograph totalizers.. It's very classy almost like a Breitling. Again like most other ball watches... They are very different in person as compared to pictures

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    Re: Stormchaser Pro "Lightening" Photos and a Brief Review

    I meant to include some pictures in my quick post , here are some from my recent visit to the authorized dealer.

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    Re: Stormchaser Pro "Lightening" Photos and a Brief Review

    Three thoughts:

    That panda dial is sharp!
    Gray is also lovely, but a black date wheel should have been used here.
    Trit tubes on the chrono subdials should be standard across Ball's entire line.

    Very well done. Thanks for the photos Rob!

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    Re: Stormchaser Pro "Lightening" Photos and a Brief Review

    Not real keen on the skeleton hands.

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