Inspired by America's Great Railroad Watches From the Past.
The Model 222-RR 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. Our Hamilton movements are rebuilt using only parts that are in optimum condition, including a new mainspring made for this movement. We hand polish the steel parts on a tin block to better than 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 than the 921.
The Grand Feu real Enamel dial has a railroad theme and is modeled after American railroad watches from the past, the blued steel hands are true to the classic form. The placement of the crown at 1:30 is reminiscent of watches from early part of the 20th century. It’s also very natural to read the time when worn on the left wrist.
BOX CAR STYLE DIAL
In 1925, Ball introduced a new Official RR Standard dial referred to as the Box Car dial. It had plain, sans-serif, heavy hour figures making the dial extremely easy to read. Waltham offered a similar dial, also calling it a Box Car dial. Elgin and Hamilton also used similar dials on some of there railroad models. Box Car style dials were very popular with railroad employees.
Dial: Glass Enamel, Grand Feu (“Great Fire”)
Hands: Blued steel in the classic Railroad style
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: 3.1 oz.
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Grand Feu (French for “Great Fire”) Enamel Dial
Creating an enamel watch dial is a high-risk art. Enameling is a technique in which colored powdered glass is applied to a metal plate. The surface is then heated to a temperature high enough to cause the powdered glass to melt and form a new surface. The Grand Feu technique ups the stakes. It involves meticulously coating a watch dial with successive layers of enamel. Once a layer is ready, the dial is heated at extremely high temperatures, ranging from 1472-1652°F (800-900°C). The repeated baking of each individual layer ensures a uniquely crisp aesthetic while permanently setting the enamel. Using high heat to create these beautiful dials also poses a risk. Each time it is re-fired, the danger of cracking, melting, or burning increases. The Roman numerals and baseball figures are also baked into the surface. With great risk comes great reward: the appearance of a real glass enamel dial is unmistakable.