The watch industry in America owes much of its development to the introduction of American railroads. Before trains, there was no real need for precise timekeeping or uniform time. By 1883, the railroad industry had agreed to divide the nation into four time zones and had adopted Standard Time.
Notable among the people recognized for their contributions to horology was Webster Clay Ball, born in 1847, who was the first jeweller to use time signals in Cleveland. His inspection system set the standard for railroads, and railroad time and watches became recognized as standard. Ball Watches are one of the most respected watch brands in the United States, remaining faithful to Ball’s original details for timekeeping accuracy.