Ball Watch develops Swiss-made watches based on its long-standing American heritage that began in 1891 with watchmaker Webster Clay Ball. He was appointed chief time inspector to the U.S. Federal Railroads to perform timing tests on all railway watches and implement a time standardization system after the disastrous train wreck in Kipton, Ohio. Today, Ball Watch continues the legacy started by Mr. Ball and produces collections that push innovation and standards. For further insight on the new timepieces, we sat down with Jeffrey Hess, President and CEO of Ball Watch USA. During this interview we got more than we bargained for, so take a minute to watch and learn.
Based on Ball Watch’s pioneering spirit, the Engineer II Volcano was created out of a mission to improve accuracy by reducing the outside factor of magnetism, leading to the link with volcanoes. The 45mm watchcase is constructed of several components, one being mumetal, an alloy of nickel, iron, copper, and molybdenum, having very high protection against magnetic fields and launching Ball Watches into a world of new materials for the watch industry.
The sporty carbon outer shell makes the case ultra-light and virtually scratchproof and provides an appearance similar to volcanic rock. The slate gray dial incorporates red markers referencing hot lava; the markers and hands feature luminescent H3 gas-filled tubes, which are familiar to Ball Watch models. This watch is equipped with the COSC-certified automatic movement, Swiss BALL RR11102-C, powering the hours, minutes, seconds, day and date. Meant for the modern explorer, it can withstand impacts of up to 5,000 Gs, and it is water resistant to 100 meters.
Originally developed in 1962, the Engineer Master II Skindiver II takes on the new challenges of today while preserving the style of the first edition. With its sturdy 43mm stainless steel case surrounding the bold dial fitted with twelve double micro tubes of luminescent H3 gas tubes, which do not need an outside light source to charge, this watch is meant for the deep water. In addition, it is water resistant up to 500 meters due to the helium value. It also has a unidirectional black ceramic bezel layered with powerful luminescence essential for diving while resistant to corrosion, scratches and UV rays. The reliable COSC-certified automatic movement, BALL RR1103-C, drives the hours, minutes, sweep seconds and date with accuracy and precision.
This watch is ideal for pilots commanding the sky. Advancing its luminescent capabilities, the bezel of the Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT integrates new micro-gas H3 light tubes into the rotating bezel. Moreover, the bezel identifies a third time zone on this GMT watch with its 24-hour gradation. Built for low-light situations, the self-powered luminescent technology in this watch is 100 times more powerful than traditional paint and will last up to 25 years. It uses three different colors of luminescence: orange identifying 12 o’clock, green for the second time zone hand and yellow for the indexes and main hands. Furnished with the COSC-certified automatic movement, BALL RR1201, inside the 42mm stainless steel case, this watch can absorb the impact of 7,500 Gs and carries an antimagnetic resistance of 4,800 A/m. This tough watch features a patented triple folding buckle.
All Ball watches are equipped with patented and in-house engineered micro-gas light technology that is self-powered and provides luminescence in low light situations for at least 25 years. To read more on this topic, check out this article.