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RGM Unveils a New Movement and Three New Watches

Postby koimaster » September 27th 2017, 8:52am

RGM recently celebrated its 25th anniversary by welcoming visitors into its Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, headquarters and to the NAWCC Watch & Clock Museum in nearby Columbia, Pennsylvania. There, founder Roland G. Murphy took advantage of a special weekend celebration to introduce three new RGM timepieces and an update of its in-house Caliber 801 movement.

Thus, in addition to the tours and watchmaking demonstrations, visitors to RGM’s 25th anniversary celebration were the first to see the three new RGM watches and the new Caliber 801SW, the firm’s fourth in-house movement


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Re: RGM Unveils a New Movement and Three New Watches

Postby svaglic » September 27th 2017, 9:55am

I am really into the model 25. Wow, what a nice watch. I'm not even arguing with the price on this one. Oh man, if I wasn't remodeling a house and saving to buy another one I could see myself getting this.
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Re: RGM Unveils a New Movement and Three New Watches

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » September 27th 2017, 10:25am

"...turned in their case to place the crown at the vintage 1:30 position, a location favored by many early 20th century railroad watches."
What the fuck? Do show me an early 20th century railroad wristwatch. None? Good, because there weren't any. Railroad wristwatches were a thing of the 1950s. 19th and 20th century railroad PWs were pro maiori parte in a lepine (open-face) configuration with crown at 12, maybe also some "sidewinders" with crown at 3, but no front cover (as a savonnette aka hunter configuration would have). Crown at 1:30 makes no sense in a pocket watch, and PWs were pretty much the only railroad watches of the early 20th century.

The small movements of wristwatches and ladies' pendant watches could well have been made to a similar standard as railroad chronometers, but that doesn't make the watch a railroad one.

The crown at 1:30 could have had two reasons for it to be there:
a) the manufacturer used a movement previously intended for a ladies' open-face pendant watch
b) the watch was intended for the military, pilots or drivers - that configuration is practical when you hold a steering wheel, a yoke or a rifle, and wear the watch on the inner side of the wrist to keep an eye on it at all times.

Reason b) does not exclude reason a).
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Re: RGM Unveils a New Movement and Three New Watches

Postby bobbee » January 28th 2018, 3:01am

Did anyone watch the auctioning of the watch made by Roland for the NAWCC?
Here is the watch.

http://www.rgmwatches.com/rgmblog/2017/ ... nniversary

And here is a thread about the watch at the NAWCC

https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/custom-one ... um.148982/

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Re: RGM Unveils a New Movement and Three New Watches

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » January 28th 2018, 5:46am

Aaaaarghhhh... Morons in control of the auction, a moron writing about it...did Lehman ever write anything that wasn't a lengthy fellatio? One can hear a distinctive slapping and gurgling noise in every word of his articles.
And then there's the scum of the Earth just being scum of the Earth in the thread at that NAWCC forum fucking sewer of theirs.
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Re: RGM Unveils a New Movement and Three New Watches

Postby bobbee » January 28th 2018, 6:38am

Made me laugh how he thinks a 2892-A2 is basic and cheap. Can cost around $500 and then reworked by a master watchmaker.
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Re: RGM Unveils a New Movement and Three New Watches

Postby biglove » January 28th 2018, 8:22am

“This watch will excite any wristwatch enthusiast...”

Actually, no.
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Re: RGM Unveils a New Movement and Three New Watches

Postby TemerityB » January 28th 2018, 9:53am

I like RGM, and got to meet Murphy at the WatchTime fair this past fall. That Model 25, when you see it up close, is quite the piece. The machine work really stops you in your tracks, then you flip it over and think "if only." After talking with Murphy, I'd have to imagine that the experience of actually being able to go to the HQ and pick up your watch is really the frosting on the cake. We'll see if dame fortune smiles upon my collection and I have the means to take such a plunge - but to me, RGM is about as good as it gets in its corner of the watch world - keep your micros, gimme RGM.
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Re: RGM Unveils a New Movement and Three New Watches

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » January 28th 2018, 3:47pm

bobbee wrote:Made me laugh how he thinks a 2892-A2 is basic and cheap. Can cost around $500 and then reworked by a master watchmaker.

I'm not sure that it can be said that he thinks of something in a particular way, since even a single-cell life form has more advanced thought processes than him.
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