Rpaige watches and watchmaking

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Rpaige watches and watchmaking

Postby koimaster » November 27th 2017, 11:34am

Before I got into watches I had never really thought about the world that existed around the creation of them. Since that time it has been my pleasure to meet and befriend some of the most passionate, amazing and talented people.

Recently I had the opportunity to talk to Richard Paige, a passionate watch maker with a truly distinctive style. Richard is a 4th generation watch maker who has founded several high profile watch stores around California. He has founded watch enthusiast web sites and online watch repair courses. Now Richard creates the most amazing time pieces drawing a heavy inspiration from the 1920’s and 1930’s American culture

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About the RPaige Watch

The Rpaige watch was conceived, designed and produced by Richard Paige. Richard is a 4th generation watchmaker, who founded several high profile watch stores in California. His signature store was Paris 1925, in San Francisco.

Richard was the founder and owner of TimeZone.com, which is considered the world’s most popular website for watch enthusiasts.

During his tenure at TimeZone.com, Richard launched an online watch repair school. Also, Richard conceived and produced 4 other limited edition watches, all sold out, and marketed exclusively on TimeZone.com.

Richard has designed and produced furniture, jewelry, glassware, and art, all in the Art Deco theme and sold exclusively through retail stores.

The Rpaige watch company is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Antique and Vintage movements


The limited edition Rpaige Wrocket watch is a play on words. The watch uses an antique/vintage “12 size” (39.78mm) American pocket watch movement made by either Elgin of Illinois, or Waltham of Massachusetts.

The Wrocket model comes from the joining of two technologies….the wristwatch and pocket watch…The wrist-pocket = the Wrocket watch. The 12 size pocket watch movements measures 39.78 mm, a perfect size for a modern oversize wristwatch.

The 12 size movements were produced mainly between 1897 and around 1929, after these dates, the wristwatch gained market acceptance and popularity, and the movements were then manufactured much smaller to fit into wristwatch cases. Although the movements in these limited edition watches were produced between 1899 and 1929, it does not mean that they have “old technology”.

The basic design of the mechanical wristwatch has not changed since the late 1800’s. In fact, the materials and workmanship used on these movements is far superior than most brand name watches.

The only major improvements in modern watch manufacturer were the “Incabloc shock protection system”, the “unbreakable mainspring”, using newer alloys, and anti-magnetism. Although the watch is not shock resistant, it is still very durable, and they are meant to be worn. The engineers and designers of these movements probably never realized how incredibly durable the product ended up being. And we believe that if these watches are serviced at regular intervals, that they will last another 100 years.
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