Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Trainmaster Standard Time

From Ball -

Courtesy of Ball
The case is 39.5 mm and of stainless steel.  Sapphire crystal top and rear display crystal.  The hands boast 14 micro gas tubes (hour and minute) as well as the dial.  The crown is a screw-down to help ensure water resistance which is warranted to 30 meters or 100 feet.

Okay, those are the numbers, but let's talk about the warm n' fuzzy stuff.  The watch is simply wonderful to look at.  The dial is white enamel, the numbers reminiscent of the era when Webb C. Ball took up the challenge to try and avoid another disaster like the one that occurred in Kipton, Ohio.  Think about that for a moment or two - lives lost due to a slow moving watch.  As many of you may (and in fairness may not), I am from Oberlin, Ohio a little over 5 miles away, and have been to the site of the accident a few times on field trips.  So this one tugs a little on the nostalgic side of me.  And instead of Olympic or NBA timing, this is inspired by a watch that actually saved lives.

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