RGM Watch Co., situated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and established in 1992 by Roland G. Murphy, is straightforwardly the lone genuine American watch company standing. Not at all like other brands that might construct cases, dials or lashes in America, RGM manufactures their own high-level, in-house types that rival comparable movements from Switzerland. They’re a complete watch manufacturer. My first genuine mechanical watch was a Model 107-P Pilot, a section level RGM piece (with an ETA 2892-A2) that is additionally the most seasoned in their portfolio, delivered since the mid-1990’s. They often utilize collectible, hand-worked machinery to make dials and to hand-clean components, mixing modern and customary procedures to create extravagance watches that are often limited releases. Many have progressed complications, for example, the Pennsylvania Tourbillon or Caliber 20 (with a 2nd type motor barrel and “Exact Moonphase”), and are painstakingly enhanced with expand motor turned (guilloché) dials and movements like the Model 801-EE. One of their most mainstream watch series was the Model 121-M William Penn line from the years 1999 to 2000, and in RGM style, they have reissued the watches in an exceptionally limited series of 10.
Named after William Penn, the author of Pennsylvania, the original watch had three variants, separated by complications. One had a date, one had a moonphase and one had a sub-second. The new watches just have the moonphase complication with a force save show, and utilize original (new old stock) cases and hands with a recently manufactured guilloché dial. The company’s motivation for the case configuration came from another of their watches in the 1990’s, the rectangular Model 102-J Jumping Hour.
The rectangular case is 40mm x 28mm and 7.9mm in stature. Two models are accessible, one in 18K rose gold and the other in hardened steel. They’re water impervious to 50m with sapphire precious stones on the front and back. As these are original cases from 1999 to 2000, they were manufactured in Switzerland. The cases are completely cleaned with a knurled, cleaned crown and the haul width is 20mm.
The dial is Argentium Silver, which has a higher immaculateness than customary authentic silver (95.84% versus 92.5%) and is motor turned in the middle bit (hand-cut guilloché). Encompassing this are three dark Roman numerals for each side, with the middle ones straight and flanked by two inclining away toward the corners. The top and bottom numeral columns are more extensive separated than the sides, adding some complexity and asymmetry to the esthetic. RGM’s logo sits in its own mini plaque at 6 o’clock, cutting off about portion of the Roman numeral, and the half-circle moonphase window rides simply above it. The force save marker sits at 1 o’clock with its own novel guilloché. The hands are blued steel and everything is typically missing of lume. This is a dress watch through and through.
The movement is a manual breeze RGM/Jaquet 736, which is Swiss-Made and in plain view through the show case back. As this movement is a modified form of the original Model 121-M stock (from the company’s initial years), it is anything but an in-house type. It has 19 gems, beats at 21,600vph, has a 42-hour power hold and is rhodium plated with Côtes de Genève lines, blued screws and perlage. The movement has hours and minutes (no seconds), with moonphase and power save pointer complications.
Both models come with a dark croc tie with either a tempered steel or 18K rose gold clasp. Costs are in accordance with similar extravagance dress watches and keeping in mind that costly, they’re not silly. The hardened steel model is USD 7,900 and the 18K rose gold model is USD 12,900. In case you’re looking for a remarkable timepiece from what unquestionably is the last obvious American watchmaker, RGM offers a fascinating mix of extravagance and selectiveness. What’s more, albeit this William Penn reissue uses prior Swiss movements rather than in-house, the meticulousness, new motor turned dials and exemplary plan make the series a solid competitor against Swiss opponents. More subtleties on www.rgmwatches.com .