Ball Watch is a discrete American luxury brand, followed by watch enthusiasts but which suffers a lack of notoriety outside its borders.
Lately, the brand has proved to be very innovative and ambitious. With its recent BMW partnership, Ball Watch has started to offer better perspectives and we are certain you will hear more about the brand soon.
Positioned in average prices between £ 750 and £ 3,000, Ball Watch are pretty affordable pieces but they remain the shadow of its competitors such as Tag Heuer, Omega, Longines or Breitling. It is a quite surprising statement since Ball Watch has nothing to be ashamed of and can even be proud of producing reliable and high-quality timepieces.
Ball Watch history is impregnated by the building of American railroads in the 19th century. Watch-aficionados would certainly know the story that the Ball Watch Company was born after a deadly train crash that took place in Ohio in 1891.
This is right a after of this tragedy that Webster Clay Ball, a watchmaker from Cleveland, was appointed chief inspector of the American railways. Ball was picky about the timing and started to set up all kinds of strict codes to ensure that the railways were working properly and would be as punctual as possible. This system has been very successful and has been developed across the country to Canada and Mexico.
The Ball Watch brand became very successful for a few years and was considered as one of the largest railway watches retailers. Unfortunately, after the Second World War, the railroad industry began to decline in the United States as the famous Ball Watch brand.
It was not until 1990 that the revival of the brand has finally occurred. Ball Watch was bought by private funds and moved its production to La Chaux de Fond in Switzerland. This was followed by the launch of the first “Engineer” watch in 2001. The brand has kept a strong predominence in the United States but also managed to enter more traditional markets such as Switzerland, Hong Kong or the UK.
Find below a selection of some key models that have made the history of Ball Watch.