Yesterday we debuted Watches in the Wild: The Road Through America, our third season in the series. Episode One covered the New England region with an eye on the early days of American watch manufacturing via brands like Waltham. But that was just the beginning.
Today, we present Episode Two, which takes us to the hallowed horological ground of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and its surrounding areas. We begin with a ride on an early 20th-century train through the Pennsylvania heartland to showcase the early days of standardized time – when the railroads played a pivotal role in how we perceive, measure, and understand time on little things called pocket watches.
From there, we explore the original Hamilton factory which has since been converted to – you guessed it – condos. But kudos to the property managers for maintaining so much of the building's history – including the two massive clock towers. Walking around the place, you can almost still hear the watches ticking.
To add context to our trip, we visit the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and receive a curated tour of the impressive museum and archives on-site.
And it all culminates with a visit to a very special man, Roland G. Murphy, the proprietor and namesake behind RGM Watches – a little brand proving that American watchmaking lives on to this day.
All of this allowed us to further expand our understanding of the American Watchmaking story, and we're not done yet. After you finish watching this latest installment, stay tuned for next week's West Coast journey with James Stacey and Cole Pennington as we continue on with season three of Watches in the Wild.