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    That looks great. Better than the renderings.
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    Yes it does. It look so much slimmer than the renderings. I do not like the knurling on the sides of the case otherwise it is a great design.

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    That looks great. Better than the renderings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dashDustin View Post
    That looks great. Better than the renderings.
    Ya. But you have to start with a sketch.

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    --- i like the knurling on the sides.., relative to my smooth/polished RS north star pointer...
    rugged visual matching the theme and set knob...
     

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    I, too, enjoy the knurling. Somewhat Breguet-esque.
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    I reached out to RGM because I am going to be in NYC late October to visit with family and friends as well as attend two watch shows. Rolland said he may have a prototype with him so I am excited to have the option to see it "in the metal".

    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    Ya. But you have to start with a sketch.
    Quote Originally Posted by ron l edmiston View Post
    --- i like the knurling on the sides.., relative to my smooth/polished RS north star pointer...
    rugged visual matching the theme and set knob...
    Quote Originally Posted by zetroc View Post
    I, too, enjoy the knurling. Somewhat Breguet-esque.
     

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    Roland linked me with this page, so maybe you folks are interested.




    Update on the RGM Model 5-GMT-RS "Richard Sachs" Version — RGM Watch Co.





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    RS, your watch looks great. Amazing to have a watch made to resonate with you like this.
    Not sure anything can stand up through 10 ATMO though !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Walberg View Post
    RS, your watch looks great. Amazing to have a watch made to resonate with you like this.
    Not sure anything can stand up through 10 ATMO though !
    That would be great if it said ATMO for the pressure rating on the dial!
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    That would be great if it said ATMO for the pressure rating on the dial!
    It was updated from "ATM" to "ATMO" on the back by popular request (me included).

    Go back a few posts and you will see the design pics and farther back the discussion that led to it.
     

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    What do you experienced watch guys think of this? I bought a used micro sized maker watch earlier this year. It’s an automatic using the NH15 movement. It kept horrible time and after a month or so would sometimes just stop completely. Admittedly I got a really really good deal on the watch so a movement repair or replacement didn’t bother me at all. I sent the watch to the maker in April to be looked at and they recommended a movement replacement. I just got it back. The watch keeps acceptable time but the second hand doesn’t evenly or smoothly sweep and between the 4 and 7 hand it stops and advances two seconds at a time. But again, it keeps good time. I contacted maker again and the tech told me that she timed it in multiple positions and and if she makes changes to smoothen out the second hand it will affect timing, essentially telling me to go away. But damn, ive got other automatics and I’ve never seen a watch through a quarter of its movement just go chunky and wonky and still keep good time. Should I just put up with it? Is this rare but normal with cheaper automatic movements? I like the watch. I’m just kinda peeved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan View Post
    What do you experienced watch guys think of this? I bought a used micro sized maker watch earlier this year. It’s an automatic using the NH15 movement. It kept horrible time and after a month or so would sometimes just stop completely. Admittedly I got a really really good deal on the watch so a movement repair or replacement didn’t bother me at all. I sent the watch to the maker in April to be looked at and they recommended a movement replacement. I just got it back. The watch keeps acceptable time but the second hand doesn’t evenly or smoothly sweep and between the 4 and 7 hand it stops and advances two seconds at a time. But again, it keeps good time. I contacted maker again and the tech told me that she timed it in multiple positions and and if she makes changes to smoothen out the second hand it will affect timing, essentially telling me to go away. But damn, ive got other automatics and I’ve never seen a watch through a quarter of its movement just go chunky and wonky and still keep good time. Should I just put up with it? Is this rare but normal with cheaper automatic movements? I like the watch. I’m just kinda peeved.
    To start with (and please do not throw rotten eggs my way), it appears you bought something used with a known problem. With that said...

    It really does not matter if the watchmaker "timed it" in different positions if the movement overall is not keeping a smooth seconds hand. That's like saying my bike chain is really smooth until I shift the gears because then it skips. It may be as simple as having not installed the seconds hand correctly, a piece of debris affecting the movement that cannot be seen from the outside of a finished watch, and other possible issues. The watchmaker should have given you a warranty on their work and there should be some type of warranty on the movement so I would follow up again and request that it be fixed or the movement replaced (again). I would go for smooth seconds hand over accuracy (see below).

    Seiko movements are known to be very durable but they do not always keep great time. There are literally hundreds of videos on YouTube about this very subject. The NH15 you have is the OEM version used by non-Seiko brands but is the exact same as the 6R15 used in Seiko watches. While it is better grade movement than the NH35/4R35 used in Seiko SKX, Turtle, and Monster watches, it is still a Seiko movement. Rolex watches are certified to +2/- 2 seconds a day whereas the NH15/6R15 has a -15/+25 per day accuracy.

    Not sure why it took several months to get back a simple movement replacement. I have had a few Seiko watches modded by upgrading/replacing movements (as well as other parts) and the person can turn it around in 2-3 days if they have the movement in stock or 10-12 days if they need to order it.

    One of the issues with microbrands and less expensive watches is that they sometimes are not worth the cost of fixing and/or servicing them when out of warranty. As an example, I watched a video a few months ago about a person complaining that their Sinn 104 cost over $500 for a routine service for a watch that only costs about $1600. That service is in line for what it should cost to service the included ETA movement but bothers people when you consider a basic Rolex service is about $750 for watches that start at $5700. Think of it this way, if someone overhauls your $10,000 bike or your $300 huffy, the time it takes to do the service will be the same and you will most probably need the same replacement parts.

    My thoughts on any and all inexpensive watches, enjoy them until the stop working and then get rid of them as they are rarely (or never) worth fixing out of warranty.
     

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    Yes I knew what I was buying. I’m not a victim. The new movement and service cost was about $75. I’m still doing really well as it’s a brand a lot folks here love. I’ll push back on the watch brand and search the web for other known issues on the movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan View Post
    Yes I knew what I was buying. Iím not a victim. The new movement and service cost was about $75. Iím still doing really well as itís a brand a lot folks here love. Iíll push back on the watch brand and search the web for other known issues on the movement.
    A NH15 movement alone costs much more than $75 so you might want to ask a few more questions...I hope it turns out well for you.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCfixie View Post
    Nice. And rare in these parts.
    What is the case diameter?

    Edit: found the link above,
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    Quote Originally Posted by GonaSovereign View Post
    Nice. And rare in these parts.
    What is the case diameter?

    Edit: found the link above,
    It’s a pre-production but very well finished piece. Roland (the R in RGM) was nice enough to let me meet him yesterday and try on the watch just before an event he was holding at a retailer in NYC. It looks great and wears really well. Edition of 50.

    I’ll post more pics later tonight or tomorrow when I am back in Boston.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCfixie View Post
    It’s a pre-production but very well finished piece. Roland (the R in RGM) was nice enough to let me meet him yesterday and try on the watch just before an event he was holding at a retailer in NYC. It looks great and wears really well. Edition of 50.

    I’ll post more pics later tonight or tomorrow when I am back in Boston.
    Please note Roland made it clear this is a pre-production piece so the back is not completed and the final piece will be finished even better.
    The pictures make it look larger than it is. At 41mm across - including the bezel - it wears really well.

    A wonderful collaboration including @e-RICHIE and Roland of RGM Watch Co.


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    One of the other amazing interactions I had was with the CEO of Oris. I am sure he was probably in NYC for the much higher-end WatchTime show. What really impressed me was that not only did Oris have a both at the less expensive and mostly micro-brand WindUp Watch Fair but the CEO was there behind the Oris table talking with attendees (and most people probably did not even know who he was). I recognized him and introduced my brother which led the two of them chatting for about 20 minutes about vintage Oris watches especially the ones my brother owns.

    While Oris is known for making good quality "conservative" Swiss watches in the approximately $1500 to $3500 price range and has had many winners the past few years, they really went outside the lines recently and announced this one which I had the opportunity to try on. It was impressive, wore well, and was very light. Titanium, Skeleton, 10 day power reserve...

    ORIS BIG CROWN PROPILOT X 44mm $7600
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    ^^That's neat but seems like a terrible tool for actually figuring out what time it is.
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