Ball Watch announces two new Trainmaster limited editions

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To celebrate its rich railroad heritage and 135 years of Standard Time in North America, Ball Watch Company has created two special watches: the Trainmaster Cannonball and the Trainmaster Standard Time 135th Anniversary. Limited to 1,000 pieces each, these special editions simultaneously honor tradition and meet the demands of today’s modern explorers. The watches are now available for pre-order until 27 June 2018, with shipping set to begin in September 2018. The official sale will begin in November 2018.

After a head-on collision between two trains in Kipton, Ohio in 1891, the railroad officials appointed Webb C. Ball as their Chief Time Inspector in order to set up precision standards and reliable inspection system for all watches used on the trains. Together with the implementation of standard time, his revolutionary railroad standard led to safer train travel and helped establish accuracy and uniformity in timekeeping. Inspired by Webb C. Ball’s official railroad standard watches, the Trainmaster Cannonball and the Trainmaster Standard Time 135th Anniversary models both feature beautiful enamel dials. The dials give watches a vintage look, which is enhanced by the Arabic numerals that are reminiscent of a bygone era. The dials also feature Ball’s signature self-powered micro gas tubes for strong luminosity and easy reading in darkness. Positioned next to each hour and on the hour, minutes and seconds (anniversary model only) hands, they are small and understated so to not “ruin” the dials’ retro design.

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Historic Ball pocket watches helped in establishing accuracy and uniformity in timekeeping


The new Ball Trainmaster Cannonball is housed in a 43mm stainless steel case. It is water resistant to 50 meters and features a transparent sapphire case back. The latter can be custom engraved. The watch is available in 3 dial colors: black, white and blue. The functions include hours, minutes, small seconds at 3, central chronograph seconds, and a 45-minute chronograph counter at 9 o’clock. Powering the watch is the automatic caliber BALL RR1401 with 25 jewels. This ETA-based movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. Completing the timepiece is either a stainless steel bracelet with folding buckle or calf leather strap with pin buckle.  The all-steel models is priced at $2,590 (pre-order price $1,550) while the versions with leather straps will retail for $2,520 (pre-order price $1,480). All prices are without taxes.

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The chronograph subdials allow for the measurement of up to 45 minutes


The Ball Trainmaster Standard Time 135th Anniversary has the same stainless steel case as the Cannonball, but it is a bit smaller, measuring 40mm in diameter. The dial is only available in white – a nod to the railroad pocket watches of the past, which had to have plain white dials in order to satisfy the Ball’s railroad standard. The dial itself is simple and straightforward, displaying only hours, minutes, seconds and date at 3 o’clock. Inside the watch is the caliber BALL RR1101 – an ETA-based 4 Hz movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. The Ball Trainmaster Standard Time 135th Anniversary is available with a stainless steel bracelet or calf leather strap. The leather strap model is priced at $1,420 (pre-order price $805) while the all-steel model will retail at $1,499 (pre-order price $875).

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The micro gas tubes are small and understated so to not “ruin” the dials’ retro design



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