American-Made watches… Certainly a fantasy for large numbers of our perusers on the West side of the Atlantic. Watches that are truly made (meaning with parts made and collected in the US) are uncommon, too uncommon sincerely – and things like Shinola-gate are not helping the issue. Nonetheless, such a fantasy is conceivable, with a brand named RGM Watch Co. – for Roland G. Murphy. The assembling, which will turn 25 this year, is celebrating its jubilee with a watch inspired by a classic American-Made pocket watch, the RGM “Chess in Enamel”.
RGM Watch Company was established in 1992 by American watchmaker Roland G. Murphy. In the mid 1980’s Roland enrolled in the Bowman Technical School in Lancaster, PA. In 1986, he went to Switzerland to additional his training, after being accepted by WOSTEP, The Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program. After WOSTEP he was employed by SMH to work in item advancement for the Hamilton Watch Co. in Lancaster, PA. Following a couple of years he was elevated to Technical Manager; he remained there until he began RGM in 1992. From that point forward, Roland has been one of only a handful few advertisers of “American-Made” watches, a training that has fallen to a great extent by the wayside since significant players like Hamilton, Timex and Waltham quit manufacturing in the US). Roland makes the developments, cases, dials and the majority of the parts in his workshops in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 25 years after the inception of his image, he still produces bespoke watches, for example, tourbillons or vintage and American-inspired watches.
1992-2017 – To commend 25 years of movement in the US, RGM is opening the celebrations with a first watch named the “Chess in Enamel”, a watch with recorded foundation. In May 1859, American Chess Master Paul Morphy was given a pocket watch from the Testimonial Committee of the New York Chess Club as a recognition for his virtuoso and worth. Morphy had as of late got back from Europe where his dominant play offered ascend to a legend’s welcome back home in America. The watch, made by American Watch Company, was an exquisite example of workmanship and ingenuity. Shockingly, it disappeared at some point after 1921. Very little is thought about what befallen the pocket watch given to Morphy and just the original dial endure – it’s now in plain view at the NAWCC Watch and Clock gallery in Columbia, PA, USA. It was here that RGM’s Roland Murphy previously saw this special enamel dial that he knew would one day be the inspiration for the RGM “Chess in Enamel”.
Just like the classical form, the new RGM “Chess in Enamel” depends on a white enamel dial, where all indexes or numerals have been replaced by different chess pieces in red or dark representing the hours. Just as with the original pocket watch, the dial has 3 stages – one for the hour markers, one for the focal part and one for the little second sub-dial. This is the first run through RGM has delivered a twofold sunk Grand Feu enamel dial in one of its models. As consistently with enamel dials, the outcome overflows hand-made – defects of the enameling interaction make the excellence of such dials – and it will keep going for decades.
The RGM “Chess in Enamel” includes the normal instance of the brand, with the ribbed sides done here in stainless steel, and measures 43.3mm in width and 12.3mm in tallness. The crown bears the “keystone insignia”, which can likewise be seen on the blued steel hands. The case is American-Made, as is the development. The Caliber 801 (which is additionally celebrating its 10th commemoration this year) is a recognition for antique developments made by US-based production, Keystone Howard Watch Company. Don’t be shocked accordingly, if this development seems as though it comes from another period. In any case, it shows pleasantly planned extensions and wonderful beautification, done by hand in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (a large number of the components of the Caliber 801 are made in America). The development, like the rest of the watch, can be customized.
The RGM “Chess in Enamel” will be a restricted release of 25 pieces, offered in steel (yet additionally in gold and platinum according to popular demand). Cost, for the steel form, will be USD 13,900. More subtleties on www.rgmwatches.com .
Technical Specifications of the RGM “Chess in Enamel”
- Case: 43.3mm measurement x 12.3mm stature – 22mm haul width – American-made cleaned stainless steel (gold or platinum in response to popular demand) – sapphire precious stone on both sides
- Movement: Caliber 801, in-house, American-made – manual wind – 2.5Hz recurrence – 40h to 44h force hold – hours, minutes, little seconds
- Dial: double-sunk Grand Feu enamel dial
- Strap: dark alligator
- Price: USD 13,900 (restricted to 25 pieces)