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!