Known for creating unusual custom watches, as well as series-production watches Made in America, RGM Watch Company, out of Mt. Joy, PA, shines a light on Hollywood with a new collection of a dozen custom-made watches created for Hollywood 1923, a group of cinema and history buffs interested in keeping Hollywood memories alive.
This group acquired the remaining metal from the original Hollywood sign earlier this year. With a goal of preserving history and sharing it with others with similar interests, they formed Hollywood 1923—for the year the original sign was inaugurated. They then turned to RGM to create the luxury mechanical timepiece.
According to Roland Murphy, owner and founder of RGM, “Our customer, “Hollywood 1923,” brought [us] the metal that was salvaged from the last restoration of the Hollywood sign. They wanted to make a watch using this metal as the dial.”
Ever the perfectionist, Murphy determined that the salvaged metal was not in good enough condition to create watch dials. Instead, he designed a small “Hollywood” plaque that could be made from the metal and attached to the dial. In keeping with the interests of Hollywood 1923 in preserving the history Hollywood, Murphy decided to make the plaques in the scroll shape that the original sign on the hillside had.
To further underscore the look, RGM turned to Art-Deco numerals and a dial background in gray tones with an old film reel design on it. According to Murphy, “It’s always a challenge to make a theme watch that has a high-grade classy look; I think we pulled it off with this watch.”
The stainless steel watch case for this new timepiece is RGM’s Model 25, made in the USA, and measuring 40mm in diameter. An ETA 2892-A2 automatic Swiss-made Movement powers the watch. The plaques are made in America and the Hollywood name is printed on them at the RGM workshops.
The watches will be available from RGM’s client, Hollywood 1923, which also offers a two-year international warranty. Of the 12 watches, just numbers 3,4,5,10 and 11 are available for sale at this point in time, according to Hollywood 1923. Each retails for $9,500.
Hollywood 1923 also offers commemorative plaques that pay tribute to the sign, a historic photograph of the original sign, or a celebrity from the Golden Age of Hollywood — each with a one-inch square piece of metal from the original sign, and a Certificate of Authenticity on the back of the plaque.