There have been two classic (not Classic) American higher quality ballpoint pens: the Cross Century and the Parker Jotter. Since the 1960s,the Cross pens have been tightly identified with executives and their office work. My late father-in-law used Cross exclusively since they succeeded his Parker 51 fountain pens.
These two pens are typical: 10K gold-filled bodies and caps, black plastic crown, easily installed refills. One pen has a medium, the other fine, both are blue.