RGM Celebrates 25 Years with Three New Watches and the 801SW Caliber

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RGM recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, inviting the public into its workshop in Mount Joy, PA to take a look at American watchmaking firsthand. In honor of this momentous milestone, RGM has also released three new watches, as well as a new movement caliber—the 801SW.

Before we get to the watches, let us first take a look at the movement. The 801SW is based on RGM’s 801 caliber, though the SW features a relatively novel way of implementing a sweeping center second hand. Most center second movements have a wheel that is friction fit onto a pivot from the third wheel through the bridge. Here, however, the third wheel and the sweep drive wheel are both on the third wheel arbor under the bridge. It’s a slightly more complex construction, but it’s a more effective one, too. Of course, RGM offers customers a handful of bespoke options with the 801SW, among them wolf’s tooth winding wheels and custom engravings.








The 801SW-COE “Corps of Engineers” is the first watch in the series, and it uses the new 801SW caliber. Aesthetically, this watch is roughly the same as the 801-COE, but here you have a heat-blued steel center second hand accenting the Grand Feu enamel dial. Rounding out the specs are a 316l stainless steel case measuring 42mm by 11.7mm, a sapphire crystal on the front and back, and a water-resistance of 5 ATM. $10,900

The second watch of the anniversary series is the Model 222-RR “Railroad.” This one is equipped with a restored Hamilton 921/923 caliber and is modeled after American railroad watches. The 41mm case features a crown at 1:30 and a rotated Grand Feu enamel dial that makes for a very natural configuration when reading the time when the watch is worn on the left wrist. $5,900 – $7,900

Finally, the Model 25 is the third watch in this collection. It features RGM’s exemplary engine-turned dial housed in a 40mm, American-made case. Powering the watch is a top-grade ETA 2892-A2 movement. The dials are available in numerous guilloché patterns and galvanic colors. $6,450

For more information on all three watches, visit RGM.

Ilya is Worn & Wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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