This August, 69-year-old speed demon Danny Thompson piloted a dual-engine land rocket across the Bonneville Salt Flats. He reached a peak speed of 448.8 mph, breaking the previous record by more than 40 mph. To celebrate that achievement, Ball’s back with another aggressively-priced pre-order, this time with three models in their Roadmaster range: the Roadmaster M Challenger 18, the Roadmaster Challenger 18, and the Roadmaster Challenger 18 TMT. Each model is offered in numerous configurations (it’s a dizzying number of SKUs, but more on that in a bit).
Late last year, Ball announced their Caliber 7309, which the company calls their first true “in-house” movement fully manufactured by Ball. The 7309 features an 80-hour power reserve and beats at a rate of 28,800 bph. By comparison, some recent offerings from ETA offer a similar power reserve, but sacrifice the higher beat rate, which results in a choppier sweep of the seconds hand. Ball’s new in-house movement is also COSC-certified, has a date display, and features Ball’s patented Amortiser anti-shock system. Altogether, it’s a nice improvement over most ubiquitous ETA movements, and if you’re going to make a new caliber, then you may as well make one that improves on what is already prevalent on the market.