My First Grail Watch: Roland G. Murphy Of RGM

My First Grail Watch: Roland G. Murphy Of RGM

My First Grail Watch: Roland G. Murphy Of RGM My First Grail Watch

Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch". In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after.

aBlogtoWatch (ABTW): Who are you and what is your relationship to the watch industry?

Roland G. Murphy (RGM): I am the man and watchmaker behind RGM Watch.

ABTW: What was your first grail watch?

RGM: It was a Patek 3970 back in the 1980s. I did get one used that needed work, I repaired it and sold it back in the early 90's.

ABTW: Was there ever a time in your life when you could afford it?

RGM: Yea, in the early 1990s.

ABTW: What did you like so much about the watch?

RGM: The complications and the classic look.

ABTW: Did you ever get it?

RGM: For a while, and then sold it.

Editor's Note: Roland also referenced their older RGM 103R model, which he believes took the 3970 design and made it even grander.

[Update: July 8, 2014 - While we value the quality of their product, in light of recent events, aBlogtoWatch will no longer cover RGM products and cannot endorse RGM as a company. - Ed. ] What's This?

  • Zeitblom

    If I had a PP, I’d sell it, buy an RGM, and pocket the change.

  • Kris C

    Nothing devalues the term ‘grail’ more than obtaining, and the flipping the item associated with the term. Its absurd.

  • DangerussArt

    Hey Patrick, Ariel,
    While I get that this is a set series of questions emailed to watch luminaries, you can edit the Q&A so it reads better than this. Cutting and pasting the response just makes this read like a junior high newspaper article. Your subject answered all three queries in his first response, so his subsequent responses were not even required.  I’m coming directly from other watch fora where this very article was roundly ridiculed for its style and lack of content.  Step it up guys.

    • Patrick Kansa

      I can take a look to see how we might adjust (or improve) the series. Thanks for the feedback!

  • droo

    I agree with Zeitblom, an RGM chronograph is enough grail to me. Sell the Patek, then I would buy some RGMs I love also keep the remainder and have a funky good time. By the way, RGM watches are great and already out of my reach 🙁

  • doxashark

    Why is everybody’s grail watch a Patek Philippe?  Sometimes I think rich people like Patek because they see other rich people wearing them.  It’s a case of monkey-see.