In 1891, two trains collided at Kipton Station in Ohio, USA, claiming 8 lives. The watch of one of the train drivers, who unknowingly stopped for 4 minutes, was to blame. Jeweler and railway inspector Webster Clay Ball was tasked with setting new standards for the accuracy and control of track staff watches. The Swiss Accuracy Society (known as COSC) was even inspired by its strict requirements to create its own accuracy parameters for watches, known as the Chronometer.
The original Ball's jewelry store in Cleveland gradually grew into the Ball Watch Company, which began producing reliable and high-quality watches. Of course, precision and quality also adorn today's production, which is produced in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, under the prestigious Swiss Made label. A large part of it has a COSC chronometer certification. We can also add our own patented technologies, such as the SpringLOCK® and Amortiser® impact systems, the helium valve directly in the crown, the patented crown protection, or the A-PROOF® antimagnetic system. The highlight of all this is the Ball Chronometer Manufacture Caliber 7309 in-house movement with a power reserve of 80 hours and COSC certification. You can also rely on H3 tritium luminescence on all Ball watches, which ensures 100% readability in the dark, regardless of previous lighting!
Today's Ball watches, which have exclusively mechanical movements, therefore offer models suitable not only for railway tracks, but also for rougher use, or even underwater. Thanks to the top processing, however, they will make you a lot of joy even during everyday wear.
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