Ball Trainmaster Kelvin 39.5mm

Inspired by physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin, the man known for developing the Absolute Thermodynamic Temperature Scale or now recognised as the Kelvin scale, Ball Watches have designed the Ball Trainmaster Kelvin watch. With the Trainmaster Kelvin, Ball brings the temperature readout back into mechanical territory, incorporating it into a heritage design complete with Swiss movement. Like Lord Kelvin in the scientific field, Webb C. Ball can also lay claim to a similar pioneering role in the history of watchmaking, as he introduced the first chronometry standards used by the American railroad companies, now known in the watch industry as the COSC standard.

The Ball Trainmaster Kelvin watch is the automatic calibre BALL RR1601-C movement which includes the TMT mechanical thermometer module. This means the wearer can measure the outside temperature by Fahrenheit on their wrist from the half moon shaped window at 6 o’clock. The watch has scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass with antireflective treatment. The dial set with 14 luminescent micro gas tubes that allows perfect readability in the dark without requiring any recharge for up to 25 years. The timepiece also has a shock resistance to 5,000Gs, water resistance of 30 metres and an open case back where you can watch the automatic movement hard at work. The Ball Watch Company Trainmaster Kelvin is limited in its production to 600 pieces worldwide.

One of the standout features of Ball watches is their use of tritium gas tubes, which provide a constant and reliable source of illumination in low light conditions. This technology was first used by Ball watches in the late 1800s and continues to be a defining feature of the brand today.

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(Suggested Retail Price: US$3,600)
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Ball watches have a fascinating history intertwined with the American railroad. In the late 1800s, train accidents were an all too common occurrence due to inconsistent timekeeping across different railroads. This led to Webb C. Ball, a Cleveland jeweler and watchmaker, being appointed as the Chief Time Inspector for the railroad industry.
Ball was tasked with establishing strict timekeeping standards across all railroads to ensure the safety of passengers and employees. He introduced a set of guidelines known as "The Ball Standard" which included the use of highly accurate and reliable watches. The Ball Standard required watches to be accurate to within 30 seconds per week and have a second hand, a requirement that was not common at the time.
Ball collaborated with various watch companies to produce timepieces that met his standards, including Hamilton Watch Company and Waltham Watch Company. These watches became known as "Ball Watches" and were highly sought after by railroad personnel and collectors alike. The watches were also used by other industries that required precise timekeeping, such as aviation and military.
Today, Ball Watch Company continues to produce high-quality timepieces that pay homage to their rich history with the American railroad. The company's watches are still known for their accuracy and reliability, making them a popular choice for those who require precise timekeeping in their professions or hobbies.
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