It was born from the need for accurate timing during the expansion of the American railroad system after a fatal train accident in Kipton, Ohio in 1891. A train conductor’s watch had stopped for four minutes then restarted without him knowing, which resulting in the train being late and causing a head-on collision. Railroad officials then enlisted Webb C. Ball to investigate the timing conditions throughout the railroad and develop an inspection system to ensure this type of disaster could be avoided. This is actually where the phrase “Get on the Ball” originated. The Ball Watch Company has an interesting history.
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Speaking of geological phenomena being referenced in watch brand, the powerful volcano has definitely got to be leading in popularity as of late. Especially well known is the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, which caused quite a global disruption back in 2010. In view of its location, it makes sense that also Icelandic JS Watch Co. would build something that references the fiery mountain. What makes it interesting is how they incorporated the volcano into the JS Watch Co. Sif N.A.R.T. Volcano Edition.
It goes without saying that Rolex is the most recognizable and most coveted watch brand in the world, with prices that can be prohibitive to some. Nonetheless, we found five popular Rolex watch models that are in stores now and that offer accessible prices for collectors looking to spend under $10k.
The Rolex Milgauss was created in 1956 for engineers and technicians who are exposed to strong magnetic fields in their work. These fields can affect the performance in mechanical watches. Rolex solved the problem by developing and patenting a magnetic shield for the movement that allowed the watch to withstand fields up to 1,000 gauss – the unit of measure for field strength. The Milgauss became popular among scientists working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.
If you shout from the hilltops that you’re a men’s watch brand, it takes quite a lot of back pedalling to launch a women’s model. IWC is the classic case in point, and for a when it used the slimmer Asian wrist as the reason for producing smaller case sizes, before eventually capitulating in 2014 with its elegant Portofino 37mm collection, with unapologetic lashings of mother of pearl and diamonds.