1950s Ball Garland Chronograph
Ball Watch Company was founded in 1891 by Webb C. Ball in Cleveland, Ohio. Although the brand is now known for its Swiss-made timepieces, Ball watches have a rich history that is inextricably connected to the early days of the American railroad, and they were among the first timepieces to follow strict standards regarding precision, design, and reliability.
During the 1940s and 1950s, Ball produced watches under the Garland brand name, which the company primarily used for the U.S. market. Models such as this 1950s chronograph are from the heyday of function-forward mechanical timepieces and feature complex scientific dials with additional scales that can be used in conjunction with their chronograph to perform a variety of different functions.
|Dial||Grey / Burgundy|
|Bracelet||Forstner Beads of Rice Bracelet|
The 36mm stainless steel case is signed by the Ball Watch Company and features a unique style of lugs that have a single linear groove cut into the upper surface of each one. Additionally, the case itself is in great overall condition and still has sharp lines and angles, which is especially important given its unusual design. Completing the watch is a stainless steel Forstner beads of rice bracelet with a fold-over clasp.
The grey and burgundy dial features a wealth of information, including both tachymeter and telemeter scales in white lettering. The dial itself has aged gracefully over the years, acquiring small marks and slight discoloration around its outer edges. The hands are finished white, and a different style of hand is used for each of the two sub-dials to help differentiate the minute totalizer from the running second's indicator.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.