In commemoration of the 130th anniversary of the creation of ‘Standard Time’ in the United States, Ball Watch has announced the launch of a new timeless classic watch-the Trainmaster Standard Time. Before the creation of Standard Time in 1883, since the time was based on the position of the sun, each city had its own time zone, which made the scheduling of railway timetables quite complicated. Since 1883, major American railway companies have switched to a new system that divides the country into four time zones. This change eliminated more than 70 different time zones and has since developed into a widely adopted ‘standard time system’.
In 1883, the founder of Ball Watch, Webster Clay Ball, was the first jewellery manufacturer in Cleveland, Ohio to use the U.S. Navy Observatory to issue time signals in Washington, DC, bringing accuracy to Cleveland residents time. Since he displayed the city’s first precision timepiece in the shop window, people have inertia adjusted their pocket watch time based on it, which led to the emergence of ‘Ball’s Time’ and ‘Accurate as a Ball’ ( on the Ball) to represent absolutely precise time in northern Ohio. In 1891, Mr. Ball was appointed Chief Time Prosecutor by the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway Co. Railroad personnel wearing unreliable timepieces is enough to make train travel a dangerous thing. In view of this, the introduction of a comprehensive monitoring system became the most urgent task at the time. Mr. Ball sets strict standards for the quality, accuracy and design of all railway timepieces. In order to ensure the best accuracy of the timepieces worn by each railroad employee, he develops a list of approved timepieces for employees, and conducts regular checks every two weeks to make employees’ timepieces consistent with Washington Standard Time. Proofreading.
The design of the Trainmaster Standard Time model is inspired by pocket watches of the 19th century. Its retro style crosses ancient and modern fashions and is still new. This new model combines the classic, simple and reliable elements of the past. It is a watch that fully meets the ‘railway standards’ set by Mr. Ball for American Railways. The Trainmaster Standard Time model embodies the subtle combination of the retro style of the 19th century railway with the cutting-edge technology of contemporary watchmaking. The case is crafted from 18K rose gold with a crocodile leather strap, highlighting the luxury and elegance of this watch. The diameter of the 39.5 mm case is relatively medium, but its low-key design, materials, and wide dial make the watch’s legibility unparalleled. In order to confirm the accuracy of this watch, the dial is engraved with the words ‘Automatic Chronometer’, which proves that the watch’s precise movement has been certified by the Swiss Observatory (COSC). In addition, all the features of this model, including the Arabic numerals, the white enamel dial, the specially cut hands, and the small dial at the six o’clock position, are inspired by the brand’s first short watch and pocket watch worn by railway personnel . And the dial on the dial ‘7’ is composed of the brand name ‘Ball & Co.’, which is very interesting.
In order to ensure clear and accurate reading in a completely dark environment, this watch, like other Ball Watch models, is equipped with revolutionary self-luminous miniature gas light technology. This model is inlaid with 14 Swiss 3H self-illuminating miniature gas lamps with hour, minute and hour markers on the dial. These miniature gas lamps do not need to rely on any external light or energy and can provide up to 100 times the brightness of traditional luminous paint. The watch has a sapphire crystal back so that the wearer can appreciate the operation of the Swiss mechanical movement Ball RR1105-C. The unique design and features of this model make it an indispensable classic watch.
Today, Ball Watch continues to follow the brand’s established route, once again being identified as the leader in the history of watchmaking and the modern adventure timepiece.