Kudos to RGM for introducing a tribute watch this cool:
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.
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.
They actually show a V&C original Corps of Engineers chronograph on the website, along with a UN.
All in all, I'd rather have the real thing . 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!