Founded in 1992 by American watchmaker Roland G. Murphy, RGM Watch Company recently presented the Model 222-RR, an interesting model with a vintage look inspired by America's railroad watches from the past and powered by vintage Hamilton pocket watch movements.
These classic movements are rebuilt using parts that are in optimal condition, including a new mainspring specifically made for this movement. All steel parts are flat polished by hand on a tin block to achieve like-new conditions. Each movement is reassembled and fine-tuned by the same watchmaker.
Two movements are available: the grade 921 movement has 21 jewels and was made in large quantities while the grade 923 has 23 jewels and is much rarer, with less than 4,000 movements manufactured.
Water resistant to 5 ATM (approximately 50 metres / 165 feet), the 41 mm x 12 mm stainless steel case frames a dial angled at 45° to the right that makes the reading of the time very natural when the watch is worn on the left wrist. The fluted crown is moved to the 1:30 position (or 12 o'clock of the angled dial).
The layout of the Grand Feu enamel dial is modeled after American railroad watches from the past. More in particular, it uses a Montgomery dial completed by classic blued-steel hands.
Henry S. Montgomery was the General Watch and Clock Inspector of the AT&SF (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe) Railroad from 1896 to 1923. Mr. Montgomery patented his first marginal minute safety dial design Type-I around 1906. RGM’s dial is inspired by the rare Type-II dial variation that was patented in 1920.
A so-called Box Car dial is optionally available. This is characterised by plain, sans-serif, heavy hour figures that make the dial extremely legible.
Visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback, the vintage Hamilton movement (921 or 923) slowly beats at the frequency of 2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour) and is finished with circular Damaskeening.
The RGM Model 222-RR has prices of US$ 5,950 with 921 movement or US$ 7,950 with 923 movement. rgmwatches.com