Ball Watch

Ball Watch is an American watch company with headquarters in Switzerland. The founder of Ball Watch, Webb C. Ball, was the first jeweler to use Standard Time time signals in 1883 and subsequently held important positions in the railroad industry. Ball established guidelines for the manufacturing of precision timepieces, including resistance to magnetism, reliability of time keeping in 5 positions, isochronism, power reserve and dial arrangement. The Ball Watch Company eventually grew out of the jewellery business. In the 1940s, after having used American movements, Ball Watch switched to Swiss movements. Today, notable Ball Watch lines are the Ball Watch Engineer, Ball Watch Engineer II, Ball Watch Engineer Master II, Ball Watch Engineer Hydrocarbon, Ball Watch Trainmaster, Ball Watch Conductor, Ball Watch Fireman. There also is a collaboration with car company BMW resulting in the Ball Watch BMW collection. Our large watch database has the latest Ball Watch prices and tells collectors which Ball watch dealers have a Ball watch for sale - often with discounts compared to the regular Ball watch price list. To learn more about collecting Ball men's watches, Ball replica watches and used Ball watches, many collectors go to a large Ball watch forum. WatchTimes publishes Ball watches review stories, we only test new Ball watches and no used Ball watches (who are sometimes offered online through private Ball watches ebay sales). WatchTime's coverage of Ball Watch Co. with in-depth articles featuring popular Ball mens watches, like the Ball Watch Trainmaster and Ball Watch Hydrocarbon. We also frequently cover the latest Ball product releases and speak with Ball Watch managers to show you where the company is headed. If you are a Ball Watch collector, visit our channel frequently.

Naval Gazing: WatchTime Tests The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT

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The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT, inspired by a vintage watch used by the Italian navy, features the brand’s P.9001 in-house movement. WatchTime put both wristwatch and caliber to the test in this feature originally published in the magazine's print edition. Scroll down for the full report, accompanied by Nik Schölzel's stunning original photos. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: Ball Watch’s Ball for BMW TimeTrekker

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Ball Watch has a long history that links the brand to transportation. After all, its eponymous founder, Webb C. Ball, made his name by creating timing instruments for the American railroads. One contemporary way that the brand connects to these roots is through its partnership with BMW. At this year's Baselworld, Ball Watch brought out a new piece for the special collection: the Ball for BMW TimeTrekker. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard

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If you dream of one day owning a Porsche 911, you can fill your time until then with luxury articles from Austria-based Porsche Design, like this Porsche Design P'6620 Dashboard chronograph watch. Click here to read our test of the watch from WatchTime's October 2012 issue, with photos by OK-Photography. … [Read more...]


Milestone Cartier Watches: From the Cartier Santos to the Calibre de Cartier

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Download this FREE article and expand your knowledge of Cartier watch history with this comprehensive collection of 23 historic Cartier watches! Everyone knows the name Cartier symbolizes luxurious and beautiful jewelry. But Cartier watches also display a passion for technology and innovation. This FREE downloadable feature from WatchTime magazine introduces you to the 23 most important milestones in the history of the Cartier watch. Learn the stories behind the Cartier Santos, the Cartier … [Read more...]


Tough Timers: 10 Watches for Extreme Conditions

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Mechanical watches are delicate pieces of machinery that can be thrown off kilter if the proper precautions aren't taken. Magnetic fields, extreme temperatures, and shocks are among the risks watches face. Below, in this list excerpted from a feature in WatchTime's November-December 2011 issue, we take a look at some watches designed to withstand these outside factors. … [Read more...]


Cartier Gets Serious: The Evolution of Cartier Men’s Watches

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In recent years Cartier, the king of haute joaillerie, has begun storming the bastions of haute horlogerie. In this full-length feature from our October 2010 issue, WatchTime's Joe Thompson explores the intriguing origins and bold future initiatives of Manufacture Cartier. … [Read more...]


“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

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One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters — and other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles. … [Read more...]


Automatic for the People: 7 Mechanical Watches Under $2,000

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At the Swiss watch fairs, the attention-grabbing releases are often the most astronomically priced timepieces with the most complex movements. But what about those who are seeking a more "entry-level" timepiece without compromising on the mechanical movement? We've compiled a list of affordable watches with automatic movements that might have flown under your radar. While less complicated and less expensive, at under $2,000 each, these watches won't break the bank. … [Read more...]


Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph

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Ball Watch continues to introduce patented technologies to its watches. In addition to the Engineer II Magneto S watch, with its new antimagnetic system, the company last year introduced the Ball Engineer Master II Slide chronograph, which uses a mechanical slide, rather than the traditional pushers, to start, stop and reset the stopwatch. … [Read more...]


8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

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Few factors can increases the value of a vintage watch quite like its once having belonged to a celebrity. Whenever a watch owned by a famous or historic figure goes on the block at auction houses like Antiquorum and Christie's, bidding can be expected to go well beyond the estimated value. Below we look at notable "celebrity" watches, once owned by iconic entertainment and sports stars, sold at auction within the past few years. … [Read more...]


Let’s Kick It: 6 Watches That Celebrate Soccer

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The so-called "beautiful game" is what we Americans call soccer and what nearly everyone else calls football. Some of the world's luxury watch and sports watch makers have gotten in on the excitement, with special-edition watches specially devoted to the sport and its players. … [Read more...]


Budget Travelers: 5 World-Time Watches Under $5,000

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It's no secret that many watch aficionados are also avid travelers. And what could be more useful for globetrotters than a watch that lets them keep track of time everywhere in the world at once? Many world-time watches will cost you as much as several overseas vacations, but we found a handful, all with mechanical movements, that you can get for $5,000 or less. … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: Ball Watch Trainmaster Cannonball

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Angus Davies provides an in-depth review of the Ball Watch Company Trainmaster Cannonball, a modern day chronograph inspired by a historical pocket watch. You can read more of Angus's watch musings at his Escapement watch blog.  … [Read more...]


Star Time: 13 Celebrity-Branded Sports Watches

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There is no shortage of celebrities, many of them celebrity athletes, who serve as "brand ambassadors" for watch brands, appearing in ads and attending events wearing their watches. However, a few of these stars go the extra mile, giving input and often even becoming involved in the design process, for special celebrity watches to which they lend their names. Below is a list of 13 celebrity watches developed in honor of, and named for, their famous representatives. … [Read more...]


The Watches of James Bond

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He doesn’t just have a license to kill; he also has a license to tell time. Bond’s creator Ian Fleming made sure to give the world’s most famous secret agent a wristwatch in his novels. In the eleventh volume (there are a total of 14 original editions), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was published in 1963, Fleming offers the reader a very precise description of this watch. James sees a “heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on a metal watch bracelet as he awakes in the middle of the … [Read more...]


The New Rolex Deepsea and 6 Other Extreme Dive Watches

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All divers' watches share certain characteristics that make them divers' watches: unidirectional rotating bezels, secure screw-down crowns, higher-than-typical water resistance. Some of these divers' watches, however, go the extra mile (or fathom), with cases that can descend to 3,000 or even 4,000 meters, chronographs operable at incredible depths, or high-tech depth gauge devices built into their mechanical movements. Below, we take a look at seven of these "extreme" dive watches and what sets … [Read more...]


7 Personalized Watches Made for World Champion Athletes

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With the NFL Season in full swing, and the NBA and NHL just getting warmed up, we at WatchTime thought it would be the perfect time to re-post (with a few updates) our article on the elite fraternity of athletes who have not only won a world championship in their sports but also boast a watch made specifically for them. Here are seven notable watches of champions. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 3 Watches for the Blind

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A recently published article on the BBC website (here) caught my attention with its depiction of a wristwatch for blind people. The watch pictured in the article is the Bradley Timepiece, named after a Paralympic gold medalist, Brad Snyder, who lost his sight in Afghanistan. … [Read more...]


First Watch: U.S. Presidents and Their Timepieces

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As the U.S. enters a new year with a new divided government, we felt it was the perfect time to share this feature on presidents and their watches from the WatchTime archives (December 2008). Click here to find out what brands graced the wrists and waistcoasts of our chief executives. … [Read more...]


Watch Wallpaper: 5 Footballers And Their Hublot Watches

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As part of its "Hublot Loves Football" campaign, the Hublot watch company   enlisted Swiss photographer Fred Merz to snap portraits of soccer legends of today and yesteryear, with each one featuring both a Hublot watch and the brand's World Cup symbol, a soccer ball painted and decorated by Brazilian artist Romero Britto. … [Read more...]