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A new era of American watchmaking

MONDAY, 17 JUNE 2019 FHH Journal

By Cait Bazemore

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We were glad that they used several of our pictures and included us in the article, correcting a small error in the article, we are of course in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, but we are not in an old Hamilton building.

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Model 300 Professional Diver

After a request from a customer we decided we really like the combination of the natural Mother of Pearl dial with the blue ceramic bezel insert, so just in time for summer we have added this beautiful watch to our diver lineup.

The model 300 diver was designed from the ground up as a professional dive watch. It features soft iron shielding over the movement to protect against magnetism and a 5mm thick sapphire crystal to withstand high pressure at depth. The single direction dive bezel is held on by screws in the side, which allows the bezel to be adjusted easily by the watchmaker.  It’s used by professional divers around the world.


For more details click here

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We have made a custom version of our RGM Model 455 Chronograph for the Riesentöter Region - Porsche Club of America. The watch has the Riesentöter Region logo, and the Porsche Club of America logo on the dial.

The first watch was made to be auctioned off at the club charity auction.

Additional watches will be made and can be ordered directly from RGM by calling or emailing.

Price $3950.

ORDERS by Phone 717-653-9799, or 

More information on the RGM Model 455 Chronograph click here.


The club has visited RGM twice, you can see previous blog post about the visits below.

First visit to RGM click here

Second visit to RGM click here

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Full article here https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/rgm-801-skeleton-introducing

NICHOLAS MANOUSOS

JUNE 13, 2019

Initial Thoughts

The caliber 801 skeleton has been in development for more than a year, and the hard work resulted in a fresh take on the 801 movement that allows us to easily admire its architecture. When skeletonizing a movement it is easy to go too far and end up with a watch that is difficult to read, or is very fragile due to the amount of metal removed from the mainplate and bridges. In my opinion, RGM got it just right with the 801 skeleton. In a way, it is is the logical progression of the 801 series.

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RGM Spring/Summer limited opportunity

 

We will be giving away an Orbita Sparta watch winder a $295 value, with the purchase of any RGM Model 455 Classic Chronograph.  Orbita is one of the best manufacturers of watch winders in the world. We only have 6 winders so you must be one of the first 6 orders to qualify for this limited opportunity.

Model 455-T

 

We have a few versions of the Model 455 to choose from, and all are inspired by the great classic chronographs from the 1940's with their technical and functional dials with Tachymeter, and Telemeter scales.

 

 Model 455 web-page click here

 

If you’re interested in securing one of the 6 that come with a winder email us at sales@rgmwatches.com , or call 717-653-9799.

Orbita Sparta Watch Winder

Model 455-BT

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We’ve had a good start to 2019 with getting noticed by the watch world press. There might be more this is just what we have found.

Quill & Pad PS-801-CE

Monochrome PS-801-Skeleton

WatchTime Model 222-RR

Europa Star Story on American Brands

WatchTime PS-801-CE

Quill & Pad Story on American Brands

Fratello PS-801-Skeleton

Monochrome Caliber 20

WatchTime PS-801-Skeleton

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I will be in Las Vegas to help launch the new AWCI mobile classroom and help teach one of the very first workshops, there are a few spots open, so if you want to be part of this experience click the link below for details.

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Roland Murphy

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Excerpt From Quill & Pad Article about American Watch brands.

RGM: the modern American watchmaker
Luckily for those of us in the United States, Roland G. Murphy has put his watchmaking expertise and passion for American horological history into a company that indubitably builds the modern American watch.

Located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (home of the former Hamilton Watch Company) RGM Watch Company manufactures its timepieces using modern technology blended with antique watchmaking tools and methods such as engine turning – perhaps better known as guilloche – which is the process of engraving decorative patterns onto metal using a hand-driven rose engine.

RGM even bases its designs on iconic American pocket watches. The Pennsylvania Series 801 caliber draws inspiration from the unique winding click of the Illinois Watch Company’s “Illini” model – see the The Schmidt List: Top 5 Funky Clicks for a detailed explanation of this component’s function – and its crown and ratchet wheels are finished like those of the Illinois Bunn Special.

Further, the 801 caliber includes a bridge plate construction resembling the Edward Howard model of Keystone Howard watches, and the Pennsylvania Series 801 Classic Enamel uses high-fire double-sunk enamel dials like those on nineteenth-century American pocket watches.

See a complete breakdown of this model in RGM Pennsylvania Series 801 Classic Enamel Offers Traditional Timelessness Bridging Past, Present, And Future.

These inspirations represent the great American railroad watches, which were some of the highest-grade watches of their time. And RGM makes sure that the quality of its movements is nothing less than the watches it honors.

See complete article here:
https://quillandpad.com/…/modern-american-watches-the-tru…/…

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PS-801-Skeleton

 The Caliber 801 was introduced in 2007 as our first in-house movement. Now, after more than a year in development, we are proud to introduce a classic skeleton version of our most famous movement.

 A solid gold plaque at the bottom of the dial divides the minute into thirds. The three arm second hand enables a clear view of the movement and the escapement. The different lengths of the arms of the second hand allow for easy reading of the seconds as they pass.

 All of the components of the movement are hand finished using traditional techniques. The matte grain finish and polished bevels (anglage) on the bridges and main plate require many hours by a skilled craftsman.

Inspiration was taken from skeleton watches from the early 20th century which were less ornate with clean lines and a functional aesthetic.

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WatchTime is bringing its hugely successful WatchTime New York event concept to the West Coast next week May 3-4, 2019 at the Hudson Loft space in Downtown LA. You can expect a similar experience to WatchTime New York event. https://www.watchtimeevents.com/

Here at RGM we are looking forward to seeing some of our clients and followers from the West Coast, just like we enjoy so much seeing everyone at the New York event. Over the past four years, WatchTime New York has emerged as the largest and most important luxury watch event in the United States. In October 2018, the show welcomed over 1,400 collectors and 31 brands to Gotham Hall in Midtown Manhattan. Like WatchTime New York, WatchTime Los Angeles will offer the passionate collector and enthusiast a horological experience unlike any other.

We are looking forward to showing two new RGM models next week, we hope you can be there and be one of the first to see them in person.
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