BALL Watches – Superiority in the Face of all Adversity
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.
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!