RGM watches 30 years anniversary.

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RGM watches 30 years anniversary.

Post by koimaster » January 26th 2022, 11:10am

Despite the fact this is an American brand we do not discuss it here often. I believe the movements are modified Swiss Movements in most of the watches and they appear to be well made. I do not see many of them on the re-sale market so I am not certain of the sales figures.

RGM Watch Company was founded in 1992 by American watchmaker Roland G. Murphy. It started when he was in high school working half a day for a clock company in the cabinet making wood shop. His interest in timepieces grew quickly, and in the early 1980’s he enrolled in the Bowman Technical School in Lancaster, PA. In 1986, he furthered his training in Switzerland when he was accepted by WOSTEP, The Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program. After WOSTEP he was hired by SMH to work in product development for the Hamilton Watch Co. in Lancaster, PA. After a few years he was promoted to Technical Manager; he remained there until he started RGM in 1992.

Ever since, he has been “making history in watchmaking” here in America. This simple phrase describes much of what takes place at RGM. Many of his ideas come from his vast knowledge and love of watch history in America and Switzerland and his years of restoring watches, which he still enjoys doing today.

While continually producing bespoke timepieces, such as the Caliber 801 and the Pennsylvania Tourbillon, RGM has kept the great traditions of fine watchmaking in focus. Modern manufacturing co-exists with antique, hand-operated machinery. Hand-blued screws and hand-polished components are at home among the close tolerances afforded by automated machines. Our goal is to offer not only the finest watches made in the USA, but the finest watches available, and we believe this requires equal efforts to improve current methods and preserve traditional ones.



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Re: RGM watches 30 years anniversary.

Post by 3Flushes » January 26th 2022, 4:35pm

The 801 hand wound is in-house, as is the Tourbillion - otherwise they use Unitas, ETA, Valjoux / Valgrange. If they are modified, RGM precedes the caliber.

Their engine turned, cloisonné enamel, and marquetry dials are outstanding, the most intricate reserved for their bespoke pieces. RGM also does repair and restoration, which IIRC, is how Roland Murphy started RGM.
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