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    Who owns Ball watch Co.?

    If it's okay to ask...who owns the watch company? I don't need specifics...just want to know is it a Swiss Company, Asian conglomerate or an American company?.......

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    Re: Who owns Ball watch Co.?

    If I remember correctly, it is American owned and based out of NYC. That being said, the Ball USA President is in Florida. I coudl be wrong though and it would be great if we could have confirmation. Stay tuned! :)
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    Re: Who owns Ball watch Co.?

    Quote Originally Posted by Time2watch View Post
    If I remember correctly, it is American owned and based out of NYC. That being said, the Ball USA President is in Florida. I coudl be wrong though and it would be great if we could have confirmation. Stay tuned! :)

    Well..it sure would be nice to have a company with such a rich American history owned by Americans...not that it would "lessen the brand" in my eyes if it were owned overseas..but it sure would be nice to see an American watch company breaking through into the spotlight...

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    Re: Who owns Ball watch Co.?

    There are a couple of other American companies that are quite impressive:

    Kobold Watches in Pittsburgh, PA
    RGM Watchers in Lancaster, PA
    Montana Watches, well in Montana

    I think there might be others, but of all of them Ball is the one with the most impressive and diverse line of watches. Not to mention at REASONABLE prices!

    I will try and confirm this info for you.
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    Re: Who owns Ball watch Co.?

    Answers from Jeff Hess, President of Ball Watch USA:

    "We are incorpated under the laws of New York and our major investor is an American citizen"

    He also wrote:

    "Owners are an investment group. CEO is Frajncisco Harreraa formerly of Citibank. Two of the main investors are a Swiss guy and an American citizen. VP's are a guy from Kansas City and a guy from Canada."
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    Re: Who owns Ball watch Co.?

    Here is some public record information that I found on the Internet:

    __________________________________________________ ___
    [Copied directly from the New York Department of State Division of Corporations Entity Information:]

    Selected Entity Name: BALL WATCH COMPANY, INC.

    Selected Entity Status Information Current Entity Name: BALL WATCH COMPANY, INC.
    Initial DOS Filing Date: JANUARY 25, 2000
    County: NASSAU
    Jurisdiction: NEW YORK
    Entity Type: DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION
    Current Entity Status: ACTIVE

    Selected Entity Address Information
    DOS Process (Address to which DOS will mail process if accepted on behalf of the entity)
    BALL WATCH COMPANY, INC.
    276 NARRAGANSETT AVE
    LAWRENCE, NEW YORK, 11559

    Chairman or Chief Executive Officer
    HENRY DUONG
    276 NARRAGANSETT AVE
    LAWRENCE, NEW YORK, 11559

    Principal Executive Office
    KEVIN KOUCH
    276 NARRAGANSETT AVE
    LAWRENCE, NEW YORK, 11559
    Registered Agent
    NONE

    __________________________________________________ __

    From Dun & Bradstreet:

    BUSINESS INFORMATION
    Business Name: BALL WATCH (U.S.A) LTD
    Business Address: 18/F TIAN JIN BLDG
    167 CONNAUGHT RD WEST
    SAI YING POON, HK
    Country: HONG KONG
    Region: AUSTRALIA/ASIA

    BUSINESS DESCRIPTION: WHOL JEWELRY/PRECIOUS STONES

    EXECUTIVE INFORMATION

    Executive Name: DUONG, MING CHI, HENRY, DIRECTOR
    Executive Name: EAV, GUECH, ROSANNA, DIRECTOR
    Executive Name: CHAN, CHING, DIRECTOR
    Executive Name: KUOCH, KEAV VENG, DIRECTOR
    Executive Name: LIU, YAN MING, DIRECTOR
    Executive Name: LAM, YU TAK, DIRECTOR

    __________________________________________________ __
    Also from Dun & Bradstreet:

    BUSINESS INFORMATION
    Business Name: BALL WATCH COMPANY SA
    Business Address: RUE SAINT-HONORE 1
    NEUCHATEL, NE 2000
    Country: SWITZERLAND
    Region: EUROPE
    Business Phone: 0041-327245300

    BUSINESS DESCRIPTION
    MFG PRECIOUS METAL JEWELRY
    WHOL JEWELRY/PRECIOUS STONES

    EXECUTIVE INFORMATION

    Executive Name: KEAV SUI KOUCH, CHAIRMAN
    Executive Name: JEAN ZOLLINGER, VICE CHAIRMAN
    Executive Name: PATRICIA DANEL, SECRETARY
    __________________________________________________ __

    also from Dun & Bradstreet:

    Business Name: BALL WATCH USA

    Business Address: 1131 4TH ST N
    SAINT PETERSBURG, FL 33701-1725
    County: PINELLAS
    Country: USA
    Region: NORTH AMERICA
    Business Phone: 0001-727-896-4278

    BUSINESS DESCRIPTION
    RETAIL JEWELRY

    EXECUTIVE INFORMATION
    Executive Name: JEFFREY HESS, PRINCIPAL
    __________________________________________________ __

    Not included are additional listings for "Ball Watch Company," "Ball Watch USA," or "The Ball Standard Railroad Watch Company" in other jurisdictions.

    Rob
    Last edited by roberev; September 17th, 2007 at 20:37. Reason: Clean up formatting

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    Re: Who owns Ball watch Co.?

    Quote Originally Posted by ronsabbagh View Post
    If it's okay to ask...who owns the watch company? I don't need specifics...just want to know is it a Swiss Company, Asian conglomerate or an American company?.......

    Thanks,
    Ron
    Ron,

    I think the info in my prior post indicates that Ball, like most robust international companies, is "all of the above." The investors appear to be Hong Kong based, but the various Ball companies are Swiss, US, and HK.

    From other members' prior posts over the past two years on this forum and TZ, I have learned that all Ball watches are designed and constructed entirely in Switzerland. I've never questioned Ball's provenance or quality based on the company's investors and never considered it anything other than a high quality Swiss watch company with an American heritage and which is underwritten largely by Asia-based financiers. From what Jeff has told Marc, there's an American among the primary investors (I presume of Ball Watch Company, Inc. a/k/a Ball Watch USA, if not Ball Watch (USA) Ltd).

    Rob
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    Re: Who owns Ball watch Co.?

    I understand the New York address is no longer valid.

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    Re: Who owns Ball watch Co.?

    Rob,

    Thanks for the info. That is what I understood as well...I just wanted to know where the buck stops...in case there is ever a problem with my Ball watch. I'm guessing that for those of us in North America that would be the BallWatchUSA headquarters in Florida?

    Thanks,
    Ron

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    Re: Who owns Ball watch Co.?

    Oh yes, Ball headquarters in the U.S. will take care of you, rest assured!
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