Tuesday, July 26, 2016

On the Shoulders of Giants

This piece started out life as an effort to get clarity on a new watch movement that the manufacturer asserts is 100% made in America (save hairsprings and jewels).  Questions on the specific origin of specific parts was met with -

We have no further comment at this time.

And fair enough, but then I thought it might be a treat to look at the watches of a true master watch maker working away without a great deal of hyperbole or hype -

Courtesy of RGM

Courtesy of RGM

Courtesy of RGM

The last one above is my personal favorite - the Model 222 

Here are the pertinents -

The Model 222 is a modern wristwatch with a vintage Hamilton 10 size pocket watch movement at its heart.  RGM was the first to use these wonderful classic movements in a wristwatch.  Unlike others, our movement is rebuilt using only parts that are in optimum condition, including a new mainspring we had made, then we hand polish the steel parts on a tin block to better then original condition. The movement is carefully reassembled and adjusted by one Watchmaker.   The 921 movement has 21 jewels and was made in large quantities, the 923 movement has 23 jewels and is rare with less the 4000 movements manufactured. The finish on the 923 is different then the 921.
Movement Caliber: American Made Hamilton (921 or 923) - 10 Size - Manual wind, 21 or 23 jewels,  18,000 vph. Rhodium, Circular Damaskeening.
Functions: Hour / Minute / Second 
Case: 316L Stainless Steel, 41.0 mm x 12.0 mm. Sapphire crystal front and back, 22mm lug width and water-resistant to 5-ATM.
Weight: 2.9 oz. 
So, we'll be saving some pennies for one of these beauties.

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