PS-801-CH "Chess in Enamel" Inspired by Paul Morphy's watch from 1859

This is the first new model to be introduced in our 25th anniversary year here in 2017.  We thought a piece this special should be the first of the year.  It's also the first RGM with a double sunk Grand Feu enamel dial, just like the original that inspired it!

American Paul Morphy was the greatest chess player of his time, and in 1859 he was given a very special watch. Today only the dial survives, it was the inspiration for this incredible watch. 

More on the PS-801-Ch "Chess in Enamel" Click Here

RGM Watch Promotion Movie from 2004

In 2004 we had a little movie made to show people what we were doing here in Pennsylvania. We made this before we were doing YouTube, and Vimeo. It looks a little dated, but it was fun to make.  

This was shot on actual film!

 

In 2006 John Ratzenberger and "Made in America" visited RGM

We were very happy when we found out "Made in America" was going to visit us back in 2006. It was a great experience and exposure for us, it definitely got us more attention.  

RGM was founded in 1992, not 1991 like they say on the video, they were close!

This was filmed the year before the Caliber 801 was introduced, our first in-house movement which we debuted in 2007.  If you look closely you will see rough prototypes of the caliber 801 movement in this video.

Enjoy this walk down memory lane with us!

Roland

2017 a Year of Anniversary’s for RGM

          Model 101-M First RGM

This year 2017 we find we have reached three significant anniversary's for RGM.  The biggest is our 25th anniversary, I started RGM way back in 1992. Then we also have the 10 year anniversary of our Caliber 801, the first high grade mechanical watch movement made in a series in the USA since 1969 when Hamilton stopped the production of the 992-B. Then we have the 5 year anniversary of our Caliber 20, the first wrist-watch movement with a Motor-Barrel in over 50 years. More on the Motor-Barrel click here.

1992 - The start of RGM

 

2007 - Our First in-house movement Caliber 801

           Caliber 801

2012 - Our third in-house movement Caliber 20

In between the Caliber 801 and the Caliber 20 we developed our own in-house Tourbillon, another first for the USA.  The first Tourbillon made in a series in the USA, and the only one curently made here.

                   Caliber 20

Its been an exciting journey and we have many special watches coming out this year to celebrate!

 

 

Thank you to all our loyal friends and clients thru the years, without you it would not have been possible.

Roland

More Details on The RGM / Martin Guitar Collaborations "Videos"

Martin Guitar does a video series from time to time with CEO Chris Martin, it is called "A Word from Chris".  This month they put out a 2 part video about the collaboration with us on the 2 millionth guitar, and the inspired D-200 which is a limited edition of 50.

The second video has more information about RGM's part.

 

Dwight Yoakam, Chris Martin, and Roland Murphy at NAMM 2017

Dwight Yoakam was checking out the work we did on the 2 Millionth Martin Guitar at NAMM 2017, he was impressed with the Engine-Turning, Tuners, and the RGM watch in the headstock.  Nice to get a "Great Job" from Dwight!

Whatever Happened to RGM Tourbillon 0/00?

We received an RGM Tourbillon in for repair a few months ago that brought back a flood of memories. 

Back in the mid 90's I worked on the design of a Tourbillon after I had visited Lemania in Switzerland. They agreed to sell RGM a small quantity of Tourbillon and Repeater movements.  Of course I wanted something classic so I went to work coming up with what this piece would look like. I wanted an engine-turned dial, blued steel hands, solid rose gold case, something in the same family look as our first watch the model 101-M.   The end result was our rose gold model 104-T, which exceeded my expectations.  It was to be a limited Edition of 15 watches, I think we made about 6 of them in rose gold.

I always wanted a Tourbillon so I thought I would make one special watch for myself in white gold. I had this watch marked 0/00 as it would be my special prototype.  RGM was a very young company at this time and the realities of financial pressures forced me to sell this watch when it was completed.  I had forgotten all about this watch until it showed up for service 20 years later.  

It took me a few minutes to process what it was, then I realized this was the watch that was supposed to be mine! It was like seeing an old friend again.

It had many scratches and marks on the case; whoever owns it was using it all these years. I was glad to see someone had enjoyed the watch that was to be mine.

Roland

 

 

We are Working on new Models for our 25th Anniversary

With 2017 being our 25th anniversary we will be introducing a few new models this year. Below are pictures of Engine-Turned dials being made for one of these models.

More work needed to complete these dials but they are shaping up nicely!

More news to come.

Roland

RGM Watch and Richard Sachs Cycles

We sponsored Richard Sach's cyclocross team for many years, and during that time we made a limited edition version of our Model 254 North Pointer.  

Richard makes hand made bicycles and we make watches so it was a good partnership. We might do something in the future with Richard again, he's a good friend and fellow craftsman.

 

If you're looking to have a special bicycle made Richard is a top choice, check out his website here.

RGM 1992 - 2017 ... 25 Years of Making Watches!

How time flies!

It’s hard for me to believe I have been making RGM watches for 25 years, it seems just a few years ago that I started.

First RGM Model 101M

When I first started I did not know where it was going, it's like talking a walk not sure where you would end up.  I just concentrated on the projects at hand and did not worry about 10, 20, or even 25 years later. Well here we are and it has been a wonderful ride.

When I first started I just wanted to make a living doing what I loved, so I will say I was successful at that.  The goal was never to make a lot of money or be rich.  I always put much more back into the watches and the construction so I could be proud of the things we make, and that they would last.

At my former job, I was mostly working on plated quartz watches, I was not satisfied with designing those kinds of watches.  So, the backlash was the first 5 years of RGM we only made solid gold and platinum watches, and of course everything had to have a mechanical movement. Not only that all the watches had a real hand cut Engine-Turned dial and blued steel hands.

I had more and more request for stainless steel watches so I designed the model 107, it was our first stainless steel watch and it is the oldest in our lineup being still available today. 

Caliber 801

Being a watchmaker I wanted my own movement, this was a burning desire, so around 2000 I started on that quest which took a long time of prototyping, testing, and spending a lot of money!   It was around 2007 that we had the first working Caliber 801 movement that we could finally offer in an RGM model.

Over the next 5 years we added two other movements, our Tourbillon and the Caliber 20. We have a couple of other movement designs on the drawing table now.  

 

Bespoke "Custom" RGM

Another quest I had was bringing Engine-Turning in-house, this took years to develop but we did it and have been making our own Engine-Turned dials for several years now.  We own 6 machines, and this equipment is getting harder and harder to find.

I also wanted to keep expanding what we could offer on the bespoke or custom made side of the business, this has grown every year as we offer a service almost no one else does. Designing a custom watch with an individual is one of the best parts of my job, and the satisfaction of building something special for the owner is very gratifying. 

Repair and restoration of watches is another area we have always concentrated on, it helps us stay informed on what others are doing and we also learn from what has been done in the past.  I also feel an obligation to bring old watches back to life, it’s a way of keeping history alive. 

I hope you enjoyed this little walk done memory lane with me.

Roland Murphy

PS. Since this is our 25th anniversary year keep watching as we introduce new and special things throughout the year.

 

Sean Burch Wears An RGM On World Record Climbs in Nepal

Sean Burch contacted us in 2016 and told us about his expedition, and that he needed a rugged watch to accompany him on his climbs. He had seen our Model 300 Diver and thought it would be the perfect watch to survive the elements. 

We were very happy to help Sean and become a partner on such a historic expedition, and of-course we agreed that our Model 300 was up to the task to perform well in the extreme environment, which it did.

 

Sean Burch  "I am in Love with your watches, especially the Model 300 Professional Diver. It preformed flawlessly"


We will make a Limited Edition of 5 watches with the same case back engraving as Sean's watch to help commemorate this historic expedition.

 

 

Expedition summary:

WASHINGTON, DC......... American explorer Sean Burch has returned home after setting a new
official world record by making the most first ascents of previously
unclimbed mountains in Nepal's history. Burch made 31 first ascents in 21
days climbing in previously unexplored areas within the remote regions of far Western Nepal.

Burch spent up to 16 hours a day climbing, and battled severe winds, high altitude, snowstorms, trench foot,
frostbite, and extreme hypothermia after a near helicopter evacuation was needed by the American Embassy in Kathmandu after an
unplanned overnight bivouac in sub-freezing temperatures high up on a mountain due to his team’s logistical error. 

Burch remarked, “A major reason for this expedition was to document uncharted mountains that were high enough to be unspoiled by humans in order to show climate change as it occurs in real-time, which I have done so in the past with many of my previous expeditions. To have the expedition almost end, and then be able to continue and achieve this latest world record in a country so dear to my heart is a dream come true."

Burch was named Honorary Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal by its county’s government in 2011 for his humanitarian efforts
within the country. This latest world record was authenticated and verified from three government entities in Nepal.  

Burch has been working to help raise awareness and funds for the people of Nepal for almost 15 years, and with this expedition was tying to promote The Nepal Trust for their support towards improving community development, especially women and child health. Burch worked with local indigenous Nepalese from Humla district to stimulate their local income economy and promote tourism in Nepal overall.

 

Sean Burch's website

A portion of his interview on CNN last week regarding the expedition: Click Here

You can also see the watch here

RGM Does Engine-Turning for Martin D200 and makes a watch to go with it.

The 2,000,000th Martin Guitar was a very special project; that guitar will find its home in the C.F. Martin Museum at the factory in Nazareth, PA.   The D-200 Guitars are inspired by the Two Millionth and will be limited to just 50 pieces.  Each D-200 guitar will be delivered with a brand new RGM watch that was designed to go with the guitar.  The dial has a larger opening in the center to give you the feel of a guitar's sound hole.

We also made the Engine-Turned sound hole ring for each Guitar and designed the tuner knobs.  We worked closly with Martin on the general layout and design of watch themed body and neck of the guitar like we did on the two millionth. 

C.F. Martin Link to 2,000,000. Guitar

C.F. Martin Link to D-200 Guitar

RGM / Martin D-200 watch features

1.       316L stainless steel case made in the USA.

2.       Solid silver Hand cut Engine-Turned Guilloche dial made in the USA.

3.       Swiss automatic movement with 14K solid gold winding rotor made in the USA.

4.       Blued steel hands

5.       Scratch resistant Sapphire crystals front and back.

6.       Leather and rubber watch strap for comfort and water resistance.

7.       The watch is fitted in a handmade Scatola del Tempo leather box made in Italy.

Back of Chris Martin's watch  (CEO of C.F. Martin)  His is the only one with the center of the case in Titanium. 

C.F. Martin D-200

RGM Caliber 20 In the Two Millionth Martin Guitar

The watch in the head stock of the C.F. Martin Two Millionth guitar is based on our Caliber 20 model. We modified the main-plate to have the same shape as a head stock.  

We also made a much bigger crown for this one off special.

The case is something very special and complicated, we needed to integrate two of the tuners in the case to conserve space, it was very time consuming to design. 

More details to come!

RGM Collaborates On Two Millionth Martin Guitar

We have been working on this project with Martin Guitar for almost 3 years now.   We have created a special version of our Caliber 20 movement to fit in the head stock of the 2,000,000. Martin Guitar, a major milestone for Martin.  We were also involved in the design or the watch themed body, and made several parts for the project. We made the tuner knobs, tuner bodies, the case that holds two tuners and the watch its self.   We also did a lot of Engine-Turning, including the sound hole ring, tuner knobs, inlays in the body, and other parts.

Martin is also making the D200 model that is inspired by the 2,000,000. guitar, we were also involved in this limited edition project making parts for the Guitar and making a watch that will go along with each guitar. 

This was a once and a life time type of project and we are proud to have shared the experience with such a great company as C.F. Martin.

See video below for more information.

RGM and Real Guilloché (Engine-Turning)

We love Engine-Turning here at RGM, in fact our first watch we ever made had a real hand cut Engine-Turned dial, its a hallmark of RGM.

Many companies stamp their dials to try and look like real hand cut Engine-Turning, but of course here at RGM we need the real deal.

We love Engine-Turning so much we have 5 machines and do our own turning in house.

Link to Engine-Turning Page