RGM Watch Co.: Where Past & Present Manifest
Luxury or Lie: An interview with Instructor Adam Harris
It’s hard to believe that one of the last true US watchmakers resides in the humble town of Mount Joy, PA—population 7,410—but it’s true. Roland G. Murphy, founder of RGM Watch Co., has married his talents in watchmaking and his appreciation of local and national history into a successful business founded on inspiration. [...]
Since the summer of 2012 Adam Harris has assumed the seasonal title of Guest Wristwatch Curator at the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, PA. Largely focused on clocks and pocket watches, the Museum’s awareness [...]
Adam Harris has been a great friend to the NAWCC, the National Watch and Clock Museum, and Watchnews. Since 2012 he has been the NAWCC’s wristwatch champion, extolling the virtues of wristwatches and sharing his knowledge with the NAWCC and the public. Harris has given four webinars [...]
The Many Faces
of Sid Phillips
Like many museums in the United States, a gift store awaits at the end of the National Watch and Clock Museum tour in Columbia, PA. Among the usual suspects of museum-themed trinkets, books, and apparel, there is something quite unexpected. In a well-lit display cabinet is a lineup of characters that could be castaways from the Island of Misfit Toys—after they were experimented on by Dr. Moreau and then gifted to Dr. Frankenstein [...]
Teak and Bamboo: Analog Watch Co.’s
Carpenter Collection Review
Teak and Bamboo or Makore and Red Sanders?
Donated to the National Watch and Clock Museum by the Analog Watch Co. from its Carpenter Collection Series, these two wood encased watches were true beauties that presented a difficult yet delightful choice. Which one to wear and review? [...]
Fake Wristwatch Sleuth Adam Harris Debuts Course: Luxury or Lie?
Adam Harris's course Luxury or Lie? debuts at The National Watch & Clock Museum October 3-5. Many NAWCC staff members prepared materials and promoted Adam’s course, but Harris, guest wristwatch curator at the Museum, has invested himself in this instruction and will share his experiences as a consultant at a pawn shop in Spain; Harris has seen it all. [...]
RGM’s New Enamel and Engine-Turned Caliber 801Models
Luxury or Lie? Instructor Adam Harris reflects on course's success.
Time on the Wrist:
Hamilton Khaki Pioneer Pilot Automatic Chronograph
When I first visited RGM Watch Co. in April in Mount Joy, PA, I was the new WatchNews editor and quite frankly, I knew nothing about wristwatches and horology.
Since that April visit, I learned what I don't know about watches and horology.
Visiting RGM was my first step on this strange sort of illumination. In my first article about Roland Murphy [...]
A month has passed since the NAWCC held its first class to identify fake-luxury wristwatches. Taught by the National Watch & Clock Museum's Guest Wristwatch Curator Adam Harris, the three-day course covered a wide range of topics, beginning with the basics of wristwatch knowledge and ending with an intense, hands-on evaluation that challenged the students' newly learned skills to spot a fake wristwatch. [...]
Hamilton Watch Co. recently donated a collection of watches to the National Watch & Clock Museum. Among these watches, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Regulator was reviewed by Adam Harris, guest wristwatch curator and NAWCC instructor. Another watch in the collection, the Khaki Pilot Automatic Chronograph, is now reviewed.[...]
Nelsonic Donkey Kong Wristwatch Is Nothing Like the Real Thing—And That’s Okay
Mathematical Mysteries Behind the Cosmic Calendar
I am a child of the ’80s. My first president was Ronald Reagan, my first favorite song was “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell, and my first favorite pastime was playing video games. Many fond memories and friendships were forged to the clanking sound of quarters sliding down arcade coin slots and the furious tapping of home game control pads. [...]
Would it surprise you to know that if you traveled back 2,600 years to the ancient city of Babylon and handed King Nebuchadnezzar a perpetual calendar chronograph with a moondial, he would instantly recognize it as a timekeeping device? Would it surprise you even more to know that if after converting the Arabic numbers to cuneiform, [...]
With its classical Greek architecture, proud pineapple-topped rotunda, 70' tall clock tower, and tetrastyle Tuscan-fluted column entrance, the exterior of the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, PA, is an impressive sight. Inside, the Museum is a treasure trove of scientific and cultural knowledge with a collection of over 12,000 items ranging [...]