American history largely attributes the development of the watch industry to the growth of the American railroads – this form of transport required a precise form of timekeeping that was until then largely unnecessary. It took a collision of two trains to highlight this need – a need that was met by Webster Clay Ball.
Founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1891, innovation and creativity were the foundations on which the BALL Watch Company was created, with the intention of meeting this need precisely – so precisely that Webb/ Ball set up the “RR (Rail Road) Standard” which ensured high accuracy for railroad employees. Ball’s emphasis on accuracy and reliability was so strict that it is credited with inspiring future bodies like the Swiss Official Testing Institute (COSC). Today, BALL Watches are one of the most respected watch manufacturers in the US and still hold true to their founding mission, “Accuracy under Adverse Conditions”.
BALL in the 21st Century
Evolving tastes and technology lead to changes in design and function; this principle applies to the watch industry. In keeping with their ambition to be the most accurate mechanical watch in the world, BALL is the home of many patented innovations such as the ³H micro gas tubes which allow visibility in the dark, a crown protection system against water and shock, and the Slide Chronograph.
Today’s BALL watches are more rugged in appearance as compared to their earlier counterparts, bearing in mind the increased intensity and adversity in which they function. Nevertheless, they retain the underlying simplicity in design and function as laid down by the founder in the beginning; this is visible in the watch dial, which still faithfully represents the guidelines of the standard railway watch, which includes the style of the numbers and the shape of the watch hands.
BALL Watches are available in seven collections; all named highlighting their historic role with the railroads – the Official Railroad Watch, Engineer II , Engineer Master II , Engineer Hydrocarbon , Trainmaster, Conductor, and Fireman. All of these watches with their various complications are powered by automatic Swiss-made mechanical movements, many of which come with BALL in-house modification. Two movements however, caliber RR2101 and RR2701 are manual movements.
Invest in a Pre-Owned BALL Watch
Luxury watches despite their hardy nature, BALL watches are the perfect match for those who value simple, elegant ruggedness. Such excellence is priced accordingly, especially in a brand new watch; which makes the market for pre-owned Ball watches the perfect destination for die-hard fans that are hunting for their dream watch at a more affordable rate. After all, when you’re a rugged man, you need a BALL watch!