Ball

Ball Watch Company S.A.

Rue du Châtelot 21
2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Switzerland

Before the development of railways in the United States, there was no need for a standardization of real-time or some accuracy in timekeeping. Each city held the local its own time, based on the position of the sun. When trains really started connecting to distant cities, it became problematic and difficult to avoid collisions. In addition, there was no policy nor standards for the watches used by the railroad.

On April 18, 1891, a frontal clash between two trains in Kipton, Ohio, led to the death of several people. At that time the same trains were defined with lines in opposite directions and crossing each other at crossing points. On this day, one of the clocks “ladder stopped 4 minutes to the fatal collision.

To make “Chief Inspector Time” trainings safer for travelers and employees of the railways, Webb C. Ball and used for all watches used in the trains set-up tests and standards. Balls criteria of accuracy and reliability were so strict that they later inspired others like the Swiss (COSC)

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