The Cleveland 001 (45mm)
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The Cleveland 001 (45mm)

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The Cleveland 001 (45mm)
The Cleveland 001 (45mm)
The Cleveland 001 (45mm)
The Cleveland 001 (45mm)
The Cleveland 001 (45mm)
The Cleveland 001 (45mm)
The Cleveland 001 (45mm)
The Cleveland 001 (45mm)
The Cleveland 001 (45mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Cleveland 001 unique: The remarkable wristwatch we are presenting today is a conversion of a 1926 pocket watch – the first Ball watch we have offered in our V3 casing system: the Cleveland 001.

The pocket watch we converted for this beautiful timepiece was manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company for the Ball Watch Company, a pioneer in timekeeping standards and railway safety, and its dial features an ornate, raised center design, with its Victorian leaf and flourishes pattern. The seconds subdial at 6 o'clock, flush with the rest of the dial, is nestled underneath. The heat-blued hands are of a rare, square-spade design, whose sharp angles and deep coloration contrast beautifully with the aged ivory dial and italicized, gold Arabic numerals.

The watch face pairs perfectly with our V3 case, machined from a single piece of bronze, with a matching coin-edged bezel and vertical-grooved crown.

This gorgeous piece of American horological history is made wearable with our comfortable and stylish oxblood Cordovan leather watch strap, made in America with leather from American cattle.

On the watch’s reverse side, the radially finished 19-jewel movement boasts a Reed regulator and Breguet hairspring. A marvel of craftsmanship and accuracy even 98 years after its birth, this movement was manufactured in Springfield, Illinois the same year Greta Garbo's first Hollywood picture, Torrent, premiered at the Capitol Theatre in New York, the first trans-Atlantic phone call was completed, and the Ford Motor Company implemented a novel concept at its factories: the 40-hour work week. 

Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Ball Watch Company. We call this model "The Cleveland" because the company was located within the Cleveland city limits.

Founded by Webb C. Ball in 1891, Ball Watch Company's watches focused on the railroad industry and had a reputation for quality that was second to none. Mr. Ball famously invented and implemented a standard set of watch inspections and requirements to qualify a watch for use on the railroad at a time when timekeeping was paramount to safety. This was known as a "Standard" or "Railroad Grade" watch. The core of the manufacturing for these watches was performed by Hamilton and Waltham Watch Companies, but the adjustment, finishing, and testing performed by Ball set them ahead of the pack. One of the few companies still in existence, Ball now makes watches in Switzerland and is owned by Hong Kong group Asia Commercial Holdings Ltd.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2024
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 45mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Bronze
  • Crown/Hardware: Bronze
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Ball Watch Company
  • Serial Number: B403747
  • Manufacture Year: 1926
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 19 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

What makes the Cleveland 001 unique: The remarkable wristwatch we are presenting today is a conversion of a 1926 pocket watch – the first Ball watch we have offered in our V3 casing system: the Cleveland 001.

The pocket watch we converted for this beautiful timepiece was manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company for the Ball Watch Company, a pioneer in timekeeping standards and railway safety, and its dial features an ornate, raised center design, with its Victorian leaf and flourishes pattern. The seconds subdial at 6 o'clock, flush with the rest of the dial, is nestled underneath. The heat-blued hands are of a rare, square-spade design, whose sharp angles and deep coloration contrast beautifully with the aged ivory dial and italicized, gold Arabic numerals.

The watch face pairs perfectly with our V3 case, machined from a single piece of bronze, with a matching coin-edged bezel and vertical-grooved crown.

This gorgeous piece of American horological history is made wearable with our comfortable and stylish oxblood Cordovan leather watch strap, made in America with leather from American cattle.

On the watch’s reverse side, the radially finished 19-jewel movement boasts a Reed regulator and Breguet hairspring. A marvel of craftsmanship and accuracy even 98 years after its birth, this movement was manufactured in Springfield, Illinois the same year Greta Garbo's first Hollywood picture, Torrent, premiered at the Capitol Theatre in New York, the first trans-Atlantic phone call was completed, and the Ford Motor Company implemented a novel concept at its factories: the 40-hour work week. 

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