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.

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 … [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. … [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 … [Read more...]


First Watch: U.S. Presidents and Their Timepieces

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With the race for the 2016 presidential primaries already off and running, we felt it was the perfect time to share this feature on presidents and their watches from the WatchTime archives (December … [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 WatchTime's Joe Thompson explores the intriguing origins and … [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 … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: The Ball Watch Fireman Storm Chaser Pro

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A short while back on my online watch magazine Escapement, I reviewed the Ball Watch Fireman Storm Chaser Pro. Released in 2014, this chronograph, with its highly legible display, is attractively … [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 … [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, … [Read more...]


Feminine and Exclusive: 9 Luxury Watches for Ladies

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At the big watch fairs, the stars of the show tend to be complicated watches for men, but each year watch brands also debut plenty of ladies' watches, many made at the same level of craftsmanship as … [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 … [Read more...]


Return of a Classic Explorers’ Watch: Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958

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As we hinted on Thursday on WatchTime's social media, Jaeger-LeCoultre has announced the return of a collectors' classic from the brand's archives: a limited-edition chronometer watch called the … [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 … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-on with the Ball Watch Skindiver II

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In 2012, Ball Watch Co. presented the Skindiver in Basel, basically a re-edition of a dive watch from the brand’s past that was celebrating its 50th anniversary at the time. This year, Ball Watch … [Read more...]


The 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' … [Read more...]


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 … [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 … [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" … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]


Which Watch Brand Spends the Most on Advertising?

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Watch brands spent almost half a billion dollars on advertising in the U.S in 2013. The total was $492.68 million: a record high, and up 23.3 percent from the 2012 total. That figure comes from … [Read more...]


Beyond the ÜberWatches: 5 (Possibly) Overlooked Watches from SIHH 2014

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At this year's SIHH, as per usual, the lion's share of buzz and attention went to a handful of "headliner watches," or, as we at WatchTime have dubbed them, "überwatches," even though most of the … [Read more...]


24 Watches for the Budget-Minded

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Five Affordable Luxury Watches from SIHH 2014

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At the big watch shows, the brands tend to promote their halo products – the ones with all the bells and whistles, and the highest prices. These products also tend to grab the headlines because, … [Read more...]


Couture 2014: New Hublot Watches for FIFA World Cup

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The luxury watch world comes to Las Vegas this week, as brands showcase new products at the Couture and JCK 2014 watch and jewelry fairs. At the Couture show today, I had a chance to see (and try on) … [Read more...]


Kicking Off JCK/Couture 2014: 6 Las Vegas Watches for High Rollers

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WatchTime returns to Las Vegas this week for the JCK 2014 and Couture 2014 watch and jewelry shows, starting on Thursday, May 29. As a preview to our live coverage of new watches at the show, we're … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2014: Bulgari Octo Finissimo is New “World’s Thinnest Tourbillon”

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Recently, we ran a list of record-setting ultra-thin watches. At Baselworld 2014, Bulgari went for the title of "world's thinnest tourbillon movement" with its new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, a … [Read more...]