Ball's origin story was originally born in 1891 after the Great Kipton Train Wreck in northern Ohio, a train accident, the fault of which could be attributed to a driver's watch that had stopped working. Following the accident, jeweler Webb C. Ball was appointed to investigate the cause and help develop a new set of national timing regulations that will govern the performance of all watches used in and around rail operations. Known as "rail time," this new standard was extended to a series of Ball-certified accurate and reliable timepieces that would be worn by the conductor, engineer and firefighter of each train at that time, revolutionizing train safety and cementing the watchmaker's legacy in watchmaking history.
It is in the year 1894 when Ball decides to found its own watch brand, thus beginning the true history of Ball as a brand. Paying honor to the prestige that their creator had acquired, they had to have the highest quality and be endowed with the Official RR Standard Watches certification. To do this, he chose some calibers from the best American manufactures of the time and fitted them into high-quality boxes signed with the name "Ball Watch Company."
In the late 1990s, when Ball's great-grandson resigned to continue with the business, the company was acquired by private investors. As a consequence, the workshops and international headquarters were transferred to Switzerland, specifically to the watchmaking center par excellence: La Chaud-de-Fonds.
From this stage the lines that we still know as "Engineer", "Fireman" or "Trainmaster" emerge. These names arise to pay homage to the positions related to the world of the railroad. Following this same line, it occurs with collections derived from such as “Engineer Hydrocarbon”, “Engineer Master” or “Engineer II”.