Before Webster Clay Ball came along, American railroad timekeeping left much to be desired. Ball founded BALL Watch in 1891 and set the chronometry standards used by American railroad companies which led to the introduction of a system of checks and inspections under the guidance of Webb C. Ball.
Webster Clay Ball
Ball instigated strict standards of quality, accuracy and design for all the watches used on the railroads and other watchmakers had to catch up to offer similar precision.
The system developed by Ball at the end of the 19th century upheld such high standards of accuracy and reliability that it inspired the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres in French or COSC) to issue its own certification standards in 1973.
The Swiss-made automatic mechanical movement of the classic yet sporty Engineer II Pioneer is, of course, a certified chronometer. The 40mm polished stainless steel case and the RR (“RailRoad”) monogram stands at the tip of the seconds hand recalls BALL’s railroad heritage. The anti-reflective sapphire crystal incorporates a Cyclops magnifying lens positioned over the date window at 3 o'clock.
BALL Watch’s are noted for their ease of legibility by day and by night. BALL H3 luminescent gas in glass micro tubes which are added to the numerals, index and hands of the watch. Their luminosity is up to 100 times more effective than other light sources commonly used in watchmaking.
The elegant, understated dial is also kept clutter free kept free of any unnecessary detail to make each dial as legible as possible. The watch is available in two classic colours: black enamel and silver.
To reduce the risk of shock, the Engineer II Pioneer’s crown can be screwed-in tight to the case after the watch has been set. Water resistance to 100 meters is also improved by the screwed-in crown. The watch can also withstand impacts of up to 5,000Gs and is protected against magnetic fields to an intensity of 4,800A/m. The Engineer II Pioneer comes on a stainless steel bracelet with folding buckle, or with a nubuck leather strap with standard buckle.
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