When Webster Ball was born in October 6,1847, nobody would ever think that a simple watch would revolutionize the world we lived. Born from industrious, resilient farmers, the value of work and patience was inculcated in the young mind of Webster. Exposed to the extreme environment in the farm, the spirit of adventure, endurance and the love of challenges molded the young Webster Ball which became the trademark denominators of Ball Watches
Starting as a humble jeweler then, he shifted to watch making but eventually, out of demand for a change and creativity, jewels where introduce as parts of the watch. It created a new face in watches.
Ball Watches were the first to combine jewelry with simple watches hence creating a new variant of watches during that time. People were quenching for new attractions then and Ball Watches provided an alternative , out of simplicity. It was a total hit!
But it was not the eccentricity and the brilliance of innovation for fashion that Ball Watches of today are famous of. It would take an insignificant but traumatic event to change the whole scenario of watch making. During that time, a lot of watch making companies are harking waves of magnificent pieces but of little significance to the disaster which made Ball watches the primary pieces used in railroad transportation.
It took a single railroad disaster, a collusion of two trains due to a watch dysfunction which revolutionize the way watches in Balls Watch Company are made.
Commissioned as the primary innovator to invent a watch to prevent future collusions it further realized that precision is an utmost importance in watch making. As founders of precision watches dedicated only for railroad workers, it established itself as promoters of safety. Hence, at Balls Watch Company, precision is a fundamental aspect of every watch, safety though secondary is a by-product of precision. They were the first wrist watches allowed to be used on the Railroads, by using a Swiss manual-winding movement. The emergence of Swiss technology and American designs are slowly integrated into the American system of watch making.
To achieve a watch of quality, it takes time and effort for the maker to perfect its art through precision. Qualities of endurance, resiliency to change in adverse conditions and the spirit of adventure elevates Ball Watches above any other time pieces in its time span. It hedges a different level above the rest and created another new plane of quality, excellence and precision.
The spirit of adventure stimulates the company to be adaptable to any modifying environment. It views itself as an icon among the elite but with an intent to change the climate of innovation for the purpose of excellence and prestige. Human attitudes and behavior change in a life span which make man more conscious with time.
Someone said, "Time is Wealth", this changes the climate of importance to time, and so does are time pieces. At Ball Watch Company, every piece is made by perfection and precision. Indeed , a watch made by Ball Watch Company is a work of art yet the company evolves itself to become resilient to the needs of man by providing alternative watches even in adverse conditions.
Webster Ball was able to established strict guidelines for the manufacturing of sturdy, reliable precision timepieces, including resistance to magnetism, reliability of time keeping in 5 positions, isochronism, power reserve and dial arrangement, accompanied with record keeping of the reliability of the watch on each regular inspection.
These guidelines served as the basis for making a perfect watch and has been adapted by most watch making companies.
The Horological Institute of America celebrated his efforts on October 20, 1921.
Riding on the opportunity of the moment, the company was able to produce a variety of watches appealing to the public. It creates pieces that suit to the behavior of the client. It indulges in creating watches for sports, fashion and for the railroad business. Yet, even today, it still struggles to keep abreast with the ever changing attitude of man by producing watches designed to fit a person's personality.
The sturdy, robust designs of Ball watches expresses an authentic strength of character, unrivaled Swiss technical capabilities that permeates an aura of dominance that enables the client to wear it with arrogance of satisfaction.
Indeed, a Ball Watch exudes an exaggeration of contentment and is assured that this is the only watch capable of enduring the rigors and hazards of time and activity amidst its conquest in adverse conditions.
A Ball Watch is seasoned by experience, crafted by hardship , perfected by circumstance and designed by adaptation! Truly this is a watch for every man whose heart is not weakened by threat but ignited by the passion of adventure.
A display of an array of Ball Watches can be well appreciated at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.