by Angus Davies, www.escapementmagazine.com BALL Watch Company has earned an enviable reputation for delivering Swiss watches exhibiting a hewn...
BALL Watches Innovation and creativity are the cornerstones on the foundation of BALL watches, "Accuracy Under Adverse Conditions". Continuing in the tradition of Webster Clay Ball, BALL Watches aspires to manufacture the most accurate mechanical watches on the planet, ruggedized for use by those that live, work and play in truly adverse conditions. With unlimited inspiration, BALL is today setting the standards just as Webster Clay Ball did in the late 1800s and through the early 1900s.
Ball Watches – on the Ball!
Did you know that the term “Get on the Ball” comes from the Ball watches company?In 1891 a head on collision between two trains at a depot in Ohio. Eight people lost their lives and the depot was severely damaged. The crash happened when a high speed mail train collided head-on with a passenger train going in the opposite direction.
The passenger was expected to stop and let the mail train pass on by. However the conductor had not noticed that his watched had stopped for 4 mins and restarted. This resulted in the passenger train being late in arriving at the stopping point.
As a result the railway company enlisted the Webb C Ball a well know jeweller to research time and the state of watch conditions throughout the railway.
Ball instituted the current timekeeping program that specifies the watches that trainmen can use.
His extreme attention to detail and accuracy coined the saying “Get on the Ball”