GIVEAWAY: Trip To American-Made RGM Watch Manufacture In Pennsylvania

GIVEAWAY: Trip To American-Made RGM Watch Manufacture In Pennsylvania

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It is no secret that in its heyday, the American watch industry was the best in the world. Brands like Hamilton, Bulova, Elgin, Waltham, and others were known for producing the best industrialized timepieces and today that legacy is kept alive in scant few places. Perhaps the only true watch manufacture left in the United States is RGM. Started by watchmaker Roland G. Murphy, RGM is located near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a historic hub of American timepiece production.

For the 2013 aBlogtoWatch holiday giveaway, the lucky winner will accompany me (Ariel Adams) on a several day trip to RGM for a unique experience at how watches are made in America. We will spend two days at the RGM manufacture learning about how they make American watches the original way. We will also get a personal, and probably, a behind-the-scenes tour of the nearby National Watch & Clock Museum conducted by Roland Murphy himself (who by the way isn't a regular tour guide at the museum).

At the RGM facility you'll get to learn hands-on how they produce watches in-house and get experience with unique machines such as a guilloche rose engine that is used to engrave dials. There will also probably be some unique take-away souvenirs.

When is the trip? That really depends on the winner. Once the lucky person is chosen at random, together with RGM we will select a time that works for everyone for the several day trip to Pennsylvania. It will be an all-expenses paid trip and the best news is that this giveaway is open to anyone in the world. The winner also agrees in advance that their name and likeness can potentially be used for promotional purposes by aBlogtoWatch and RGM. That basically means we reserve the right to publish details about the experience as well as shoot video for promotional or other purposes. This is a pretty cool opportunity so enter below for a chance to win.

To Enter You Must:

1. Comment on this post below (on aBlogtoWatch.com, not Facebook or elsewhere you might see this article) before the giveaway is over with your valid e-mail address where required. In the body of your comment mention why someone might prefer hand or boutique made goods to industrially produced ones... and of course why you want to check out RGM.

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3. Wait until the giveaway is over on December 31, 2013 for the winner to be chosen at random.

A couple of basic rules. You can only enter once. You must comment with a valid e-mail address where you can be reached. Your comment must be confirmed and approved. You must complete the objectives to be considered. You are responsible for providing your contact information if you are chosen and being cooperative with scheduling and logistics. All comments made after the end of the giveaway period will not be considered. If you are chosen as a winner you then have 24 hours to ensure receipt of your full shipping information or an alternative winner will be chosen. For the full terms and conditions, please click here.

Good luck, and thanks to RGM the sponsor of the holiday 2012 watch and trip giveaway here on aBlogtoWatch.com!

393 comments
cjjohnst738
cjjohnst738

Very interesting article.I would like to see the makings of a good watch.I dont know much about RGM.I imagine it is well made and not cheaply made,because it is American.

curtinnd
curtinnd

Made in America, good looks, great quality, and your not likely to come across someone else with a RGM watch in my neck of the woods.

Waltermaximus
Waltermaximus

I think custom items will become the norm for all luxury items, especially since mass production is no longer a barrier, mass customization is becoming the norm, and Exclusivity might just be a better differentiation and positioning strategy for a different value proposition like RGM.

And... just like any other watch lover, I think that it would be so cool to check out their manufacturing processes.

rsternadel
rsternadel

I think one reason why one would want a boutique watch is that it represents something unique. There are only so many MB&F, Urwerks, Sarpaneva, RGM, Roger Smith's etc in the world, so they are something special, much more rare than a standard line if watches from a big company. You also see more creativity from some of these boutique manufactures as they are free to explore designs that could be difficult to get through all the layers of management in a large established brand.

As for RGM, I have always wanted to see the manufacture. I'm a big fan of American watches and it is nice to see a revival of watchmaking here in the U.S.

Phikes
Phikes

I prefer handmade goods are more unique. When something tells others something about your personality, the last thing you want is something generic.

I'd like to visit RGM because of the secretive nature of the watch industry; I'll take any chance to peek behind the curtain. RGM specifically is attractive due it's US roots plus its fun to run against the expected (Swiss) standard.

rrinawat
rrinawat

While I haven't had the chance to own a boutique watch, I'd imagine there's you could talk to an independent watch maker directly to make a watch more suited to your style, instead of choosing from a number of different styles from a large manufacturer.

I'd like to visit RGM to know more about what happened to American watch making and where it's going.


SarahLynch
SarahLynch

I believe that handmade watches would be of better quality and craftsmanship than an industrial made watch. I feel like because it was handmade the effort and time that goes into it would make you more appreciative, and make you enjoy the piece more.

emc2mm
emc2mm

I am so tired of low quality, low workmanship, zero style, tools for a modern man. I would like to custom design the face, the case, the band, the features.

Roma2307
Roma2307

prefer hand made when looking for that sense of uniqueness and taste of quality craftsmanship. Very often this product give you the opportunity to interact with the maters/designers/artisans that materialize their visions and understand what was behind their minds why they tried to represent. RGM brings the opportunity to interact with the master minds of the watchmaking and the almost lost concept of American made.

AbhishekMEHRA
AbhishekMEHRA

Wow! This would be an amazing experience..

Firstly because Ive never visited any watchmaker, and secondly I find hand made watches far more appealing! 

The time, effort and love that goes into manufacturing them is incomparable!


As i dont know much about RGM, would love to know about their history, and future plans...


Abhishek MEHRA - abhishek@sterlingchairs.com / abhishekmehra@hotmail.com

AbhishekMEHRA
AbhishekMEHRA

Wow! This would be an amazing experience..

Firstly because Ive never visited any watchmaker, and secondly I find hand made watches far more appealing! 

The time, effort and love that goes into manufacturing them is incomparable!


As i dont know much about RGM, would love to know about their history, and future plans...


Abhishek MEHRA - abhisheksterlingchairs.com / abhishekmehrahotmail.com

carhappykid
carhappykid

A boutique or hand made watch is more personal to the owner, unlike one you can buy over the counter. I personaly would enjoy watching a watch being made, I can only imagine how it would feel to say with a BIG smile,...yeah my watch was made in Pennsylvania. 

Smichelsen
Smichelsen

I have been a watch enthusiast, and later collector, since I was 8 years old, back in the 1960s. Since then I have been a passionate of mechanical watches, and in particular those hand finished. I just read the book "A Grand Complication" by Stacy Perman which describes the race by the two most important watch collectors in the USA for owning the world's most complicated watch (Graves Vs. Packard). I truly prefer hand or boutique made goods, and in particular watches, over industrialized ones. Going to the to the RGM "manufacture" would be a true dream come true since I would really love to see how their watches are made and finished! In particular, I am very interested in Seeing first hand how RGM can offer custom made watches, a luxury usually reserved only for the Graves and Packards of the world! RGM is small enough to offer such exclusivity yet experienced and knowledgeable enough to offer a wide array of options to the discerning watch buyer such as their MM2 Tourbillon. I hope i will be the lucky one to spend time with Ariel and Roland getting to know better RGM and watch making in the USA.

smichelsenj@hotmail.com

sjg
sjg

RGM makes amazing watches. Their Pennsylvania Tourbillion MM2 literally blew me away when I saw it for the first time. Everything is aesthetically perfect, and the integration of the side on viewing window is genius. With hand made gods produced by true masters, you know that the product has had exceptional thought put into every part of its creation. Thus, you can count on exceptional quality, and know that your investment and your care is worth it.

Sunnymay
Sunnymay

Handcrafted goods takes more thought on both the artisan and the giver.  I notice all the time and effort someone makes when selecting a present specific for the person to match his hobbies, field of interest or passion.  It would be great to look over the shoulder of RGM and see the meticulous care taken in making watches to pass down generation to generation.  Plus Pennsylvania is right next door to Ohio and I know the weather patterns especially with Lake Effect Snow.

srd41257
srd41257

RGM represents the old world charm of watchmaking at its best. As a member of the NAWCC, I often thought how nice it would be to visit the RGM facility to see how the watches are hand made. I especially am interested in seeing the guilloche dials that Roland makes.

A few years ago, my Dad passed away and left his vintage Hamilton automatic to me from the 60's. It was really in bad shape but I wanted it fixed so I could remember my Dad. I sent the unit to RGM for a complete overhaul and was shocked at how nice it came back to me. It was like new. I proudly wear my Dad's Hamilton and always think of RGM for the meticulous care that they took in restoring the watch. They know exactly what watches mean to people like me.

Having a hand made item, whether watches, leather goods or almost anything is superior to mass produced items that are manufactured at high speeds to save cost and increase earnings. Hand make watches are heirloom quality pieces that you can pass on from generation to generation, just like my Dad did for me. Thanks for reading. Steve


srd41257aol.com

sschork
sschork

I prefer Hand or Boutique made goods that give the owner a more intimate relationship with the goods and the creator of that item, where as industrial produced items allow the manufacturer to produce higher quantities at lower prices aimed at the masses. 

I am a huge fan of American made movements and therefore am a huge fan of RGM and their in house American made movements.

dougdechow
dougdechow

I've been following the exploits of Roland Murphy and his RGM Watch Company for a number of years. Their efforts to create unique pieces through their custom watch program (often starting with old pocket watch movements, mostly Hamilton movements) has resulted in some fantastic creations. RGM's guilloché dial work also reflects their commitment to handmade pieces and their connection to a different era of watchmaking. And, of course, RGM has also returned in-house, manufacture-based watchmaking to the U.S. Knowing that a skilled craftsman is behind the creation of an RGM watch makes it much more interesting and desirable than a watch stamped out by a robot.

A trip to RGM coupled with a Roland-led tour of the National Watch & Clock Museum has to be the best watch-nerd experience available in the U.S. I'd love to spend some time on this trip with Ariel talking about watches.

pop_labchem
pop_labchem

i like to see usa made watch how look like.

TG1208
TG1208

Discerning customers respect and appreciate the technical skill, passion, and attention to detail that go into manufacturing each of these handmade timepieces.  In comparison to the mass-produced watch, handmade also provides a “soul” to the machine that is viewed as more than just a timekeeper to their owner.

As a first year WOSTEP student, the trip to RGM with Ariel would be a dream come true.  Not only would it serve as great inspiration for my future career as a watchmaker, but the experience could also be shared with the rest of my class.  Also, the possible networking opportunity that this would provide cannot be overlooked.

sgiacomini
sgiacomini

The handmade things contain all the personality of who has produced them, every virtue and every defect. In watchmaking all this is amplified so much that we can recognize if the watchmaker were left-handed or if he had a flue. My opinion is that the handmade things would have to be marked from proper nouns and not with serial numbers, like for the sons. I would like to win this travel because I am fascinated by the possibility to know the parents of these watches.

generalhoopla
generalhoopla

As watch people, we never placed one hundred percent of the value of a watch with quantitative things like accuracy. Most of a mechanical watch's appeal lies in the elegance of design, as well as the elements such as finishing which can only be achieved through human hands. Watch making is undoubtedly an art, and art is very much beyond the realms of mere machines, but definitely not beyond the masters at RGM.

SC412
SC412

It would be great to see The workings of a world class manufacturer in my home state! It is wonderful to see the pride that people have in their hand made goods, from quilts to foodstuffs to watches, the work ethic is amazing.

Oelholm
Oelholm

Mechanical watches are all about the affinity between man and machine - and having such an item hand made just strengthens that bond. For a lot of items, I don't think that robotization is a bad thing, as it makes for a uniform quality and lower prices - but with a luxury good there are other concerns.

Haltse
Haltse

I'd pick at the term  industrialized versus mass-produced as craftsmen using elements of the former on their  hand made watches, which is exactly what RGM appears to do to an impressive degree.Human where humans can add to the piece and where it makes sense to use a machine, which still had to be programmed by a skilled watchmaker, then do so.   I'd really like to see the mix of the traditional with the new in person  as well as getting to meet an  801a in the flesh. 


Getting to hang out with Ariel at a horology museum would be pretty cool too . 

VernonIII
VernonIII

In-house movements are the only way to go. I would love to vist the RGM factory to experience American watch making.

Carpernicus
Carpernicus

RGM offer to many what is important to most watch lovers' repertoire, for me a true understanding of the whole manufacture process. It would be interesting to see how a particular skill is maintained and kept for such a prosperous period of time in the Americas - provenance and hardwork gives a watch emotional value, and that is an important connection to have. I believe only then you can begin to value the distinction of a boutique-made timepiece versus buying a mechanical piece for its tech or material value. Nice to think an artisan's hard work is still celebrated just as much as it is for fashionable for branding and mass industry, a lovely impulsive affair..

Jttuck
Jttuck

I would love to get a chance to visit RGM simply to learn more about the watch making process/industry.  As for why someone might prefer a boutique is the mystique that comes from owning an hand built watch. 

jkizzle
jkizzle

Just moved to Philly and would love to see PA watchmaking at its finest. I love the idea of reviving American watchmaking. This area has done a great job of keeping the tradition of hand made craftsmanship alive and well. As much as I love the efficiency of mass production, there is something poetic in handcrafting anything of quality.

jkizzle
jkizzle

Count me in. Just moved to Philly and would love to see PA watchmaking at its finest

Pedro0223
Pedro0223

This trip would be a great way to continue my education on the manufacture of watches!


brainwise
brainwise

I would love to win this trip and visit a homegrown watchmaker (I live in southeast PA). 

RLaR
RLaR

This trip could definitely add a lot more to my understanding of watches and watch making that was started when I began to read ABTW.  Seeing watch making in person at RGM would be just what I need to put all the information I've garnered into a real perspective.  Best of Luck in 2014 to all ABTWers.   

Frauss
Frauss

Boutique watches are usually more exclusive. I love Pennsylvania and RGM.

skippymyman
skippymyman

Wow, I cannot believe that I just now saw this, thank God I made it in before the close,


As a watch enthusiast, I do understand the place in the world, of the industrial built watches, and the boutique/hand made side of watches. There really is a place in the world for both. However, boutique watches strongly appeal to their own market because they typically use premium materials in their watches, for the cost. Now, the downside to most people, for the boutique watches, is that most of them directly borrow movements from other companies as they do no have the means to produce their own. I truly believe that RGM has made it to a point that most watch companies (not just boutique) dream of, and that is to create their own in-house caliber.  Not only that, they have finally started creating truly American watches again, something that has not been done for a long time. For that reason, a RGM watch will remain a grail watch of mine. I would absolutely love the opportunity to visit the factory, and see everything that happens there.


Thank you, 

William

Jimmy H
Jimmy H

Hand built watches carry a certain personality and care, that can't be equaled by industry manufacture.


I'd love to see how RGM does that, first hand.

Jimmy H
Jimmy H

Hand built watches carry a certain personality and care, that can't be equaled by industry manufacture.

I'd love to see how RGM does that, first hand.

ripshop
ripshop

Boutique watchmakers offer a more unique product....I would love to get an up close look at RGM to learn how it all comes together.

TANJ
TANJ

I am currently supporting three start-up watch companies who I hope can get enough funding to start building watches. I think that it's important to support fledgling businesses and American craftspeople. I would love to see a watch being made by hand and this trip would give me that chance. I would also like to learn more about the history of watchmaking in America.

angelofc
angelofc

Hand made = unique (like this post). Everyone likes some thing unique.

My daughter lives within an hour's drive and I'm been meaning to go see their watches and visit the
watch museums nearby but haven't had a chance to do so. Winning this contest would certainly get me there.

Thanks for the opportunity !

Schmidty
Schmidty

The idea that someone's hands, heart, will, and intellect created something I now own I find to be very appealing ....the connection to unknown others who share my interest.


A visit to see this age-old process would be so very interesting.

CBM
CBM

Anything hand made give you a sense of connection to the maker. Hand made item are usually of higher quality because of the pride in craftsmanship involved. They are generally better constructed and individual to the maker and user.

MarcGeorgin
MarcGeorgin

hand made makes your watch feel special, like you own one of a kind. My watch collection cannot obviously be complete without an American watch such as RGM

GStuck
GStuck

Hand or boutique made watches are, because of what they are, limited and different, say compared to commercially produced watches.  And sometimes they are even more affordable.  Rolex is a case in point. Seems like even though they make a ton of watches, their prices are usually $7000 and up off the shelf.  And there are a ton of them on the "used" market as well.  Don't get me wrong, I think a Rolex submariner is a beautiful thing, but lots of people have them and they are readily identifiable.  Hand or boutique made watches offer a nice alternative for something unique, more rare, and sometimes more affordable. 

A visit to RGM and the National Watch & Clock Museum would offer a great insight into the watchmaking craft, as well as its history, especially here in the US.  I have seen Roland's work from his website, but I'm sure they are even more beautiful in-person.   

JaggedB
JaggedB

Th attraction of hand made goods, and watches in particular, is not only do they feel exclusive, they provide a much more personal experience. Knowing the story behind the creation infuses the piece with a story and a personality that cannot be found in more mass produced items. I respect that ideal in any watchmaker, including RGM that pours that much of themselves and their passion into their products. Being a collector of American railroad pocket watches I further appreciate that RGM is carrying on. This American tradition today.

wineknow
wineknow

being a collector of American made watches I would love to own a hand made american watch.  It's nice to see industries of  all types are re-emerging in our country and are making products  better than world known watches companies. I would love to see how these spectacular watches are being made.

hyper4ctive
hyper4ctive

In the end what it comes down into is effort. Handmade goods require more effort to produce. I wouldn't but a bracelet just because it has the words Tiffany & Co on it but I would but drop coin for something more intricate.

I absolutely adore what the smaller manufacturers are doing as they need to be at the top of their game to sway the general public in their direction. I enjoy learning about them and this would be a great opportunity to familiarize myself with RGM and what they have to offer.

AtotheG
AtotheG

By definition alone, I think it's clear why we ABTWers appreciate a hand (and heart) made timepiece.  And while I love (and spend too much time) staring through the back of my watch cases at the movements, I would love the opportunity to be able to be a part of the process, ask questions, and learn.  Certainly sounds way more fun than reading George Daniels' book (although I really have been meaning to crack that).  Thanks!

istone
istone

I like RGM because it is an example of that which makes the United States great. That a person with an idea can build a company crafting working pieces of art, and have that company go on to become recognized around the world. That is something that cannot happen in most of the world, but it happens here.

I would like to visit RGM to see what makes them tick.

ElvisS1996
ElvisS1996

Hand made is much much better just because they actually took time in making it and show what real watch craftsmenship is. Winning this trip would be awsome because im into watches more then ever now and this would be the icing on the cake and learning all this new info RGM can offer is just wonderful. Thank you.

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