RGM launches a Corps of Engineers tribute watch

Kudos to RGM for introducing a tribute watch this cool:

RGM launches a new Corps of Engineers tribute watch

Announced on April 10th, the 801-COE watch was inspired by the WWI originals, with movement designed after an American Howard Watch Co. caliber, except the winding click and movement finish which takes inspiration from Illinois Watch Co.

A real treat is the Grand Feu enamel dial.  At 42mm x 10.5mm in steel, at least its not as ginormous as some of the military hommage pieces out there.  Price though is gigantic, for RGM at least, at $9,700 on strap or $10,500 on bracelet.

RGM also offers a customization service; $1250 for hacking seconds, $850 for wolf's teeth winding wheels, plus custom engraving on the dial and balance cock.

RGM launches a new Corps of Engineers tribute watch

RGM launches a new Corps of Engineers tribute watch

But it was Hamilton Watch Co. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, that supplied the first 1,000 Corps watches to go overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces in 1917, to be replaced by Swiss watches as we know.  Indeed, this fact provides the historical legitimacy for this watch to RGM - Roland Murphy worked at Hamilton until he left to develop his own watch company around the corner.

RGM launches a Corps of Engineers tribute watch

They actually show a V&C original Corps of Engineers chronograph on the website, along with a UN.

RGM launches a new Corps of Engineers tribute watch

All in all, I'd rather have the real thing enlightened.  I'm in the process of re-writing my earlier articles on the V&C Corps of Engineers watches, based on new material and further research, which I hope you will find equally interesting.  HAGWE!

 

Thanks Dean, very interesting.
04/25/2015 - 04:11

I have a side collection of American Railroad pocket watches, specifically the Illonois Watch "Bunn Specials" with cal 163, 23J, movements.

I mention this because they were originally designed by the Illinois Watch Company, which was acquired by Hamilton in 1928-1929.  My watches were technically "Hamilton" watches, and the "Co." was taken of the movement inscriptions (Previously it would say "Illinoiw Watch Co.", but was changed to "Illinois Watch").

I look forward to reading your updated article on the WWI watches.

BR, Dan

Thanks for explaining the Illinois Hamilton connection Dan
04/25/2015 - 06:29

Here are the works from a Hamilton Corps watch of 1917, very pretty indeed yes

Thanks for explaining the Illinois Hamilton connection Dan

Hamilton also adopted Illinois' use of a 60-Hour mainspring
04/25/2015 - 08:33

for its Model 22 Deck Watches used in WW2.

A timely reminder...
04/25/2015 - 13:32

Dean, thank you for a very interesting article together with the delightful accompanying photographs.

I eagerly await the results of your further research and new material that has come to light regarding the V&C Corps of Engineers watches.

Appreciate your contribution, as always.

Regards

Tony