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Ball Watch Co.

Founder: Webster Clay Ball, born in Fredericktown, Ohio, in 1847, founded Ball Watch Co. in 1891.

 

Country: Switzerland

 

History: As a young man Webster Ball apprenticed as a watchmaker and sold Dueber watch cases before opening Ball Watch Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1891. That same year Ball was appointed Chief Inspector of the railroad organization known as Lake Shore Lines. He investigated the “time and watch conditions” of the Lake Shore Lines after the Kipton train disaster and created a strict inspection system of checks on railroad employees’ timepieces. His system implemented standard railroad time and enforced accuracy and uniformity. Two years later many watch companies had adopted the General Railroads Timepiece Standards. Today, Ball continues to produce durable, rugged timepieces cherished by adventurers the world over. Tritium gas tubes illuminate the dials, hands, and markers of many Ball watches making these timepieces especially beloved by divers, pilots, and drivers.

 

Sponsorships/Collaborations: Ball’s collaboration with BMW to create a motorist watch pays homage to the distinctive hallmarks of BMW vehicles.

 

Ambassadors: Alex Honnold, Brian Binnie, Christopher Hillman, Edurne Pasaban, Dr. Geoff Tabin, Guillaume Néry, John Hembel, Dr. Joshua Wurman, Owen Garriott, Richard Limeburner.

 

Timeline & Accomplishments:

 

• 1883 Ball becomes first jeweler to use time signals from the U.S. Naval Observatory when Standard Time was adopted.

 

• 1891 Ball is appointed Chief Inspector of the railroad organization known as Lake Shore Lines. Founds Ball Watch Co.

 

• 1921 The Horological Institute of America recognizes Ball’s achievements.

 

• 1940s Recommends that several American watch manufacturers switch to Swiss Avia movements.

 

• 1990s Company was still owned by direct descendants of Ball until the name was sold.

 

• 1996 Webster Ball’s accomplishments honored in Cleveland’s bicentennial celebration.

Ball becomes first jeweler to use time signals from the U.S. Naval Observatory when Standard Time was adopted.

 

 

Ball Watch Co.

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