The Ball Watch Silver Fox Limited Edition Review

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Half a century ago, USAF Colonel Robert Stephens, also nicknamed Silver Fox thanks to his prematurely grey hair, was asked to set off into the sky in the experimental Lockheed YF-12 Supersonic Interceptor.  Alongside his co-pilot, he travelled over 2,070 miles per hour at a breathtaking 80,257 feet high becoming the fastest and highest flying man on earth.    

 

The Ball Watch Company became so inspired by this almost unbelievable tale that they designed the new Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Silver Fox Limited Edition watch for release this year. This timepiece not only tributes the aviation and speed records that were broken that day but also brings to light the brave and empowered talent of pilot Robert Stephens. 

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There are two versions of the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Silver Fox Limited Edition watch available, one on a metal bracelet and the other with a black rubber strap. Both boast a bold 41.5mm stainless steel case which embraces the automatic calibre BALL RR1101-C movement that is water resistant to an impressive 1,100 feet. 

 

Beneath the scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass is a classic black dial equipped with indexes, hour, minute and seconds hands marked by 16 micro gas tubes that are self-powered for up to 25 years and are a hundred times more incandescent than luminous paint found in other aviation inspired watches. 

 

For a special finish, Ball have included the red Blackbird motif at 6 o’clock and a specially engraved case back with Silver Fox himself dressed in his flight suit and, to make it even more unique, there are only 1,000 pieces of this model available to order. To get yourself one of these very special Ball watches, just click here.