Rpaige Wrocket Watch By Richard Paige Uses Vintage American Movements, Review

Rpaige Wrocket Watch By Richard Paige Uses Vintage American Movements, Review

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Rpaige  ("R Paige") is a newer watch brand with a vintage soul set up by Mr. Richard Paige... and it has quite a story. What you need to know first is that each Rpaige watch is a limited edition that uses a restored vintage American pocket watch movement produced from between about 1890 and 1930. The watch is called the Wrocket, and there are a few versions available. Let's first talk about Mr. Paige himself - who may be familiar to some of you already.

Piage is a 4th generation watchmaker and former watch retailer. He is also responsible for starting the forum Timezone.com. He is also an aBlogtoWatch contributor, and we are really happy that so many of you enjoy his articles. So let's think about that. Not only does Richard know about working with watches, but he has been in the position of someone who has sold high-end watches as well as someone who has run an enthusiast website as a collector. Now the founder of a watch brand, Paige has been heavily involved in pretty much every element of the watch industry - and very few people can claim that.

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Richard now lives in Hawaii. He spent much of his life living in San Francisco, and several years ago quit the retail business to (as I understand it) semi-retire. In regards to Timezone.com, well that is a long and complex story. Timezone.com was the biggest and most important website of its kind during its heyday. It became too much for one person to handle (as I completely understand given my running of aBlogtoWatch) and Paige sold Timezone.com to Ashford.com, who later sold it to Antiquroum (a large horology-focused auctioneer). The Timezone.com of today is not really the same as what it used to be, and back then it was very much a maverick of open and often controversial discussion on watches. Anyhow, that is the past. Let's discuss the Wrocket.

Paige claimed to have had the idea for the Wrocket watch as early as the 1980s. In addition to having to source the movements, one major issue was size. Each of these watches contain movements produced for pocket, not wristwatches. Thus the movements are 39mm wide. In the 1980s and into the 1990s, 39mm wide was as big if not bigger than most men's watches. A watch case that contained a 39mm wide movement needed to be even wider than that. In the early 2000s watch sizes rapidly began to increase in size, and finally it looks like a good time for Paige to think about producing these timepieces. In fact, the name "Wrocket" is actually meant to be a contraction of the words "wrist" and "pocket," as the watch is really a fusion of a wrist and pocket watch.

Rpaige Wrocket Watch By Richard Paige Uses Vintage American Movements, Review   wrist time watch reviews

Rpaige Wrocket Watch By Richard Paige Uses Vintage American Movements, Review   wrist time watch reviews

The next step was sourcing the movements. According to Rpaige, the majority of the movements used in these watches were produced from 1897 - 1929, with perhaps a few exceptions. The movements are also all American, and depending on the watch, they contain either a vintage Waltham or Elgin movement. Both of these companies were once major producers of watches in the United States. Many experts further agree that during this period, watches made in the US were the finest in the world. The Waltham movements were produced in Massachusetts, while the Elgin movements were produced in Illinois. The movements have slight differences of course, but are very similar. Each is manually wound, each has the time with subsidiary seconds dial, and each has original factory decorations.

Sourcing the movements was more difficult than restoring them, but Rpaige needed to do both meticulously. What I like is that the movements do have a nice aged look, but you can tell that they have been dutifully brought back to life. This isn't an old movement with mostly new parts, but rather a very honest resuscitation of something wonderful from the past. What is really nice is the detailed decorative engravings on the movements that are very art deco in style.

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14 comments
jmsherer21
jmsherer21

I love this watch.  Classic and modern at the same time.  I was thinking it would be mega-high end and on the last paragraph I would see the massive price tag.  Seems like a great deal.  

village idiot
village idiot

It's a paradox that  not even the village idiot would dispute, that modern technology is truly amazing. Yet old world craftmanship in so many areas has become a lost art.  Here's another interesting fact. Gold plating on modern timepeices around 3 or 4 mil thick. Sixty years ago and  earlier, it was at least  20 mil.  Why some old watch cases still can look good.  That ticker of yours will do a doggone good job of accuracy.

nateb123
nateb123

I like the movement, I like the lugs.  Those two things would imply that the rest of the watch would have a nifty art deco aesthetic.  Instead we get the most unfortunate combination of clashing design elements I've seen in a watch not from China.

Give it a simple rounded or onion crown, pick one set of hands, make a dial that actually looks classy instead of some aviator/diver hybrid with weird font, add a more elegant strap and it's an instant winner.  Currently, it's awful.

village idiot
village idiot

48 hours is pretty good. I'm sure Mr. Paige has done a wonderful job of getting peak performance from your watch. Perhaps of interest to you, Railroad grade pocket watches had Watch Inspectors who would initial cards that  conductors and engineers carried.  Their watches needed to meet a standard of accuracy of +/- 2 seconds per two weeks. If not, they had to get them serviced. .  Yours is a beauty that I'm sure you will want to keep in your family. Yes, I too have wondered what where they thinking when men's watches where the size of a small postage stamp. Maybe the pace of life was easier then, so one could take extra time to read  the time.

WatchGuru
WatchGuru

I ended up buying one of these with an Elgin movement and enamel dial. I absolutely love the piece. I still can't get over how accurate the damn thing is. I've not yet needed to adjust the time in two days of wearing and winding it. Richard has been a joy to communicate with and has kept in constant touch with me to make sure everything was to my satisfaction.

Now my wife wants one. 

Oh, the nicest thing about the watch? The fact that the beautiful movement takes up the entire case which is so unlike many of the small movements designed back when men's watches were much smaller than today's cases.

village idiot
village idiot

Well done, Mr. Paige, It hits a lot of home runs. First, it has built in provenance. One can only  imagine the history that this watch movement must have seen. From the introduction of electricity,  the automobile, radio and a ton of other inventions that made those years so remarkable.
A restored working grand example of American horology.
As a railroad grade pocket watch admirer, I could go on and share lots of other stuff about why this watch rocks, (well oscillates).  For the right buyer who can understand and appreciate this watch, what a wonderful concept and execution. Let's see; buy watch cope with divorce lawyer...buy watch cope with divorce lawyer...

RLaR
RLaR

I love these Rpaige vintage/new watches.  I spent an hour reading A Adams interesting review and then checking out the rpaigewatch.com site.  Fantastic!  Looking for a good reason to treat myself to one.  Thanks ABTW.

JonnyD
JonnyD

Thoroughly impressed. The modern size with the vintage movement is an appealing concept. The limited number will sell extremely quickly. The doughboy watch company have a similar philosophy and drive for restoration. It's a bit of a shame to think that there is a finite number of these amazing vintage movements out there.

Spaceguitar
Spaceguitar

These are simply awesome. And the price is astounding for the combination of vintage soul and workmanship afforded each one. Well done Mr Paige.

trj66
trj66

I simply love those lugs!

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I had the pleasure and privilege of having lunch with Richard a couple of weeks ago. Among other things he mentioned that virtually each of those vintage movements varies in some small dimension from the next one. So each one has to be custom hand fit into its case (truly a watchmaker's product). So in a very real sense, each of his watches is unique even if it otherwise has the same dial, hands, and outwardly the same movement.

Also he said that the art deco hands with the loops sell better in the younger demographic while the vintage dials are selling better to the more *ahem* mature watch collector. He told me that after I told him how much I liked the vintage dials and hands (which says something about my age I guess).

I'm told that the decoration on these movements is original, not something added during their restoration. So beautiful movements are nothing new. But the restoration process has brought their beauty back to life.

These are pretty cool watches and you won't see the same watch being worn by everyone on the street. Seriously consider these beauties the next time you are in the market.

WatchGuru
WatchGuru

@village idiot Good info, thanks. Still, pretty impressive for something over 100 years old. Did not expect that type of accuracy. Thought I'd have to adjust the watch several times a day.

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