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.