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  • Who here recognizes this??

    It's a one-of-a-kind RGM Ref. 107 with a special connection to EOT.
    Anyone know of it?


  • #2
    It tickles something in the back of my memory from long long ago, but I cannot bring it up. It seems someone mentioned it a long time ago, but not sure who or what about.
    sigpic Let the music be your Master, will you heed the Master's call?


    • #3
      'Convergence' rings a bell from one of our conversations on Friday. Was it a project watch?


      • #4
        It does ring a bell for me too, but can't place it exactly. Very nice though.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post
          It's a one-of-a-kind RGM Ref. 107 with a special connection to EOT.
          Here's the story: (sorry, the original was published with photos hosted by Russell, whose site is now defunct). I wrote this for International Wristwatch magazine, one of the sponsors. This was #2 of three Convergence events...see the bold red text for an explanation of the watch in question...

          Convergence is defined as "the occurrence of two or more things coming together," an apt description also for the collector-oriented Convergence 2003 event held October 17-19 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The 2nd annual three-day conference brought together watch enthusiasts; company representatives; aspiring and accomplished watchmakers; experts, newbies and fanatics alike to share their love of wristwatches and other timepieces.

          Several fascinating events comprised Convergence 2003, beginning with a Friday-evening visit to the atelier of RGM Watch Company, the Lancaster-based maker of such fine watches as the William Penn series of rectangular watches with form movements. The event host, Mr. Roland Murphy, welcomed a group of more than two dozen enthusiasts to his workshop and narrated as Alan Schade, one of RGM's watchmakers, demonstrated the assembly of a watch movement featuring elaborate skeletonized, engraved, and engine-turned parts.

          Mr. Murphy described the function of each individual part as it was deftly assembled into a complete movement that began running as soon as the balance was put into place. The demonstration also included an explanation of the features and mechanisms of two highly-complicated RGM timepieces: the Minute Repeater Tourbillon with hammers and escapement visible from the dial side, and another minute repeater whose lovely chimes were demonstrated for the group. Other members of the RGM staff, including the lead designer and expert watchmakers, were on hand to demonstrate their wares, answer questions and share the enthusiasm of the attendees.

          As has become the custom after just one previous Convergence weekend, most of the group retired to the hotel bar at the Eden Resort and engaged in impromptu and enthusiastic examinations of the myriad watches present.

          Day Two was reserved for an horological tour de force hosted by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) in Columbia, PA. Although many of the Convergence attendees are not NAWCC members, Mr. Richard Robinson, Director of Development for the association, welcomed all and made available a full complement of resources. On hand to guide and inform the group were the Daniel Nied, Director of the School of Horology; Sharon Gordon, Director of the NAWWC Library; Nancy Dyer, Archivist for the NAWCC; J. Carter Harris, Curator of the museum, Diana Burnett, Editor of NAWCC publications, docent Joe Hill and other volunteers. The visitors were given an introduction to the library which included on-line capabilities, books for lending, a vast array of periodicals, and the enormous archives which include the most significant collection of documents from the former Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, PA.

          The author and Roland Murphy examine blueprints of Hamilton 10-size watch movements.

          After an equally intriguing tour of the School of Horology, led by Mr. Nied, and a delicious catered lunch, the Convergence group were invited to tour the museum and make use of the library at their leisure. Everyone enjoyed the comprehensive exhibits of the museum, enhanced greatly by the presence of the curator, Mr. Carter Harris, but the highlight for many enthusiasts was the hands-on assistance given by archivist Nancy Dyer. Ms. Dyer and a small group including Roland Murphy and some of the forum moderators at engaged in some informal research into the heyday of Hamilton. Product specification memos, movement drawings, and ledgers dating as far back as the 1890s were made available to the group. It was a particular thrill for EOT Dive Watch Forum moderator Tyler Yarbrough to uncover some product specifications and drawings of the Hamilton Grade 770 wristwatch movement of which he had two in his possession.

          Hamilton was on the minds of many Convergence-goers as they left the NAWCC complex and so a surprise detour was arranged. Just a 15-minute drive from Columbia is the location of the former Hamilton Watch Factory. A magnificent and massive brick edifice, the old factory complex features two large clock towers dating from the 1890s and 1920s, respectively. Now housing offices, apartments, and a school, the "Clock Towers" building and its visual tale of success and expansion further stimulated the group's enthusiasm and respect for the venerable American watch brand. The visit was nearly interrupted by a minor disaster as the long line of watch enthusiasts walking beside Columbia Avenue apparently distracted some drivers and a pile-up was narrowly avoided. The light-hearted nature of the group was evident, however. Through the squealing of barking car tires Juan Irming was heard to exclaim, "Somebody finally noticed my watch!"

          Another night of fine food, drinks, conversation and watches followed this adventure. The registered attendees were joined by several regulars of the EOT and forums who were unable to attend the full weekend, but could take advantage of a free Saturday night to enjoy in person the camaraderie experienced frequently on-line.

          Continued in next post...
          Last edited by Watch Carefully; 06-14-2018, 04:00 PM. Reason: Tag: convergence 2003


          • #6
            Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post
            Continued from previous post...
            Day Three was the busiest of the event and it is a testament to the dedication and passion of the organizers that such a rich program was arranged for the benefit of the group. Immediately following breakfast, the attendees were treated to a presentation by two watchmakers-in-training from the Lititz Watch Technicum, the Rolex-sponsored WOSTEP watchmaking school in an idyllic suburb of Lancaster. The two students, Robert Flood, whom Convergence 2002 attendees had previously met and Jacob Sobell, a first time Convergence attendee, shared their experiences in making their "class watches." Each student is required to create certain watch parts from scratch and use them to assemble a wristwatch based upon the Unitas 6497 movement. Only the pillar plate, gear train, balance and some winding/setting parts are kept from the original movement. The students must design and hand-make such items as train and balance bridges and setting levers; some even go so far as to make dials, screws, regulator indices and chatons of their own design. The presentation covered such watchmaking aspects as centering of holes, tempering and bluing metal, movement design and surface finishing. Eight examples of the watches made by Lititz students were shown in the slide presentation and six of these watches were passed among the audience for close-up viewing.

            This presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session featuring a panel comprised of the heads of companies involved in watchmaking/design, distribution and print media. Such topics as ladies' complicated watches, Internet vs. Brick-and-Mortar watch sales, and the "big watch trend" were discussed.

            After a lunch break, the group enjoyed a full afternoon at the Convergence Expo. Watch companies including RGM, Girard-Perregaux, Daniel JeanRichard, Chronodeco, Kobold, Fortis, Epos, Yantar, Vollmer, and Atlantic were represented at booths in the exposition hall at the Eden Resort. Among the highlights were the presence of Mr. Michael Kobold of the eponymous watch company and the unveiling of some new models by RGM and EOT. The watch (and pen) press were represented and attendees were treated to both a complimentary copy of the premier issue of Stylus magazine and a one-year subscription to International Wristwatch. Mr. Bernard Bieger, Assistant Director of the New York Watch Department at the venerable auction house Antiquorum distributed copies of the firm's magazine and catalogues from a few of their recent auctions of important watches. His knowledge and enthusiasm were appreciated by all.

            Two further highlights of the Expo beg to be mentioned. The attendees' personal watch collections were on display. Convergence had contracted for private security to protect the tens of thousands of dollars' worth of watches present in the Expo hall, not the least of which were the personal timepieces of several attendees. Notable among the collections were a Jaquet-Droz Grande Secondes, several watches from A. Lange & Sohne, an F.P. Journe, an Urban Jurgensen Reference 8, several Ulysse Nardins, a Roger Dubuis Sympathie, and an impressive array of dive watches and other vintage wrist and pocket watches, many of which are irreplaceable. It is a testament to the watch collecting community that the owners felt comfortable enough with the event and their fellow enthusiasts to extract such treasures from safe-keeping and put them on general display at Convergence. The atmosphere was so congenial that, had there been a lapse in security, one felt assured that the event attendees would police themselves.

            The final noteworthy highlight of Convergence recalls again a definition of the word. In the context of Convergence as "a representation of common ground," this event was a tremendous success in bringing together a diverse group. There were attendees from all across the US; from Canada and Europe; representatives of and; owners, watchmakers and distributors from competing watch companies. Various mixtures of background, gender, level of involvement, and focus of collecting served to enhance the experience rather than alienate. To paraphrase a point from Mr. Kobold's address during the final evening, the point of such a gathering is to strengthen the industry and community. Convergence seems to have done just that.

            The event closed with another example of fellowship and with the most eagerly-anticipated part of the programme. Attendees were treated to a sumptuous banquet and one last chance to bond with their peers. But a fine meal and good conversation, on top of the previous days' busy schedule did nothing to temper the enthusiasm of the crowd for the closing remarks and presentation of door prizes.

            Several of the event sponsors had donated items for a give-away spree after which no registered attendee present was left empty-handed. The prizes included watches by The RGM Watch Company, Daniel JeanRichard, Epos, Kobold, Fortis, Atlantic and Vollmer; shirts from RGM, EOT & TZ; books donated by the NAWCC and TZ; as well as other items from International Wristwatch, Helvetia Time, Girard-Perregaux, and Antiquorum. Suspense built steadily for the grand prize presentation as names were chosen and the items were distributed. Finally, Mr. Robert Allen was selected as the recipient of a one-of-a-kind RGM Ref. 107-B with a special dial denoting Convergence 2003 in red type. In what seems to be an odd coincidence, both Mr. Allen and last year's winner of the RGM prize were the last official registrant for each event. The hosts, organizers and sponsors of Convergence hope that this does not lead to an onslaught of registrants waiting until the last minute to secure their spot for next year's event.
            Last edited by Watch Carefully; 06-14-2018, 04:05 PM.


            • #7
              I want to be the last registrant in that case

              I need a new watch


              • #8
                D*mn Brad, you look like a teenager then.