Custer & Wolfe Season 2 Episode 3
Your weekly roundup of one-of-a-kind watches is below, but first...
If you missed last week's email, we made a huge list of all our upcoming events. We get questions about how you can see our watches in person all the time, so we're going to keep that list in the bottom of these weekly emails for you! Scroll all the way down to check it out!
Also, you won't want to miss this week's episode of Custer & Wolfe, Building a Watch Company, especially if you're into manufacturing, 'how it's made" etc. Tyler goes into detail on his big list of manufacturing projects and R.T. provides a quick update on the business as a whole, mostly about our continuing "sign issues!"
Starting now we're bringing you WEEKLY episodes that will be a little shorter, a ton of additional behind-the-scenes video, and more camera time with our people individually!
Here's your Weekly Roundup!
Every Tuesday we send this Weekly Roundup of our most recent Watch of the Day watches. Many watches sell within minutes or hours, so be sure to check the website each day at noon Mountain Time or follow us on social media to get more frequent updates!
Click the images of the watches to learn more about them. Make sure to check the website at 12 PM Mountain Time for the Watch of the Day!
We are excited to bring you today’s watch of the day — the Springfield 526. Initially crafted by Illinois Watch Company in 1923, this sensational timepiece features a patinated cream-colored face with a matching sub-dial. The face of the watch also features blued diamond-kite hands that strikingly contrast the piece’s gold numerals and minute marks. To further highlight this watch’s antique face, we have paired it with our machined titanium case and topped it with a copper crown.
This watch of the day is a stunning piece of history initially manufactured in 1925 by the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, PA — the Lancaster 157. This watch's beautifully patinated bone-colored face features bold black numerals and intricate accent marks around the dial. The piece also features blued diamond-kite hands and a subdial that catches the viewer’s eye. We’ve encased the antique movement in our bronzed titanium case and topped it with a nickel crown to complement the watch’s patina. Our unique case design allows you to view the incredible antique movement of this watch. This timepiece features a machined nickel bridge plate construction and 23 luxurious rubies set in gold. Additionally, the watch showcases a patent motor barrel, Breguet hairspring, and micrometer regulator for accurate timekeeping. We have also paired this exemplary antique movement with our supple stout leather strap to finish this one-of-a-kind piece.
In October of 1925, the same year the Hamilton Watch Company originally produced this watch, the federal government dedicated the Mount Rushmore National Monument. The original idea for this landmark proposed by historian Doane Robinson was to feature prominent Sioux leaders in the “Needles” area of the Black Hills in South Dakota. After partnering with the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the subjects were changed to feature American presidents, and the site was relocated to Mt. Rushmore. Construction lasted from 1927 to 1941, and the monument depicts the busts of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt.
We are proud to present this magnificent timepiece, originally manufactured by the American Waltham Watch Company in 1924 — the Boston 463. Take one look at this watch, and you’ll be struck by the way our Machined Titanium case complements the gold-colored numerals and brilliant silver subdial. The stark blue watch hands are in excellent condition, and they give the piece a unique luminance. Lastly, the golden vine-like design on the dial completes this watch with a certain elegance you can’t find elsewhere. The clear display case on this watch gives you a window into all the interworkings that make this piece function, including the beautifully machined bridge plate and gold-plated gears. The machined pattern on the bridge plate is truly striking, with ribbon-like patterns that blossom in the center. This No. 1235 grade piece boasts 17 jewels and a gold-plated crown. Finally, the rye leather strap brings this whole piece together, letting it be a functional timepiece once again.
This watch was originally created in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1924 — the same year when astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that the Andromeda Nebula was actually a galaxy. Before then, the only galaxy was known to be the Milky Way, and so Hubble continued to research and discovered over 20 more galaxies before his death in 1953. Hubble discovered these galaxies using the largest telescope of his time at Mt. Wilson Observatory. The Nasa Hubble Telescope was accurately named after his legacy and continues to give us glimpses of the ever-expanding universe.
We are proud to present this striking timepiece, originally created by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1929 — meet the Chicago 493! This watch is an antique beauty, preserved and protected by our Sandblasted Titanium case, which perfectly matches the warm hues of the dial. Beautiful golden numbers encircle the face, while the sub-dial shines like gold. The luminous design of the main is a perfect background for the dark grey hands. Moving to the back of the watch, we admire the bridge plate that has been carefully damaskeened with this intricate pattern throughout. With Gold-plated gears and 17 jewels, this grade 345 timepiece from Elgin is a visually stunning work of art.
This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1929. At this same time in Tennessee, The Seeing Eye was established by Dorothy Harrison Eustis and Morris Frank. This is the oldest and one of the largest seeing eye dog schools in the country and continues to train dogs to guide still to this day.
We are excited to showcase this incredible watch, initially manufactured by the Illnois Watch Company in 1916. Protected by our durable, scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case, this timepiece is sure to shine for years to come. On the main dial, you’ll see dark navy numbers, and beautiful watch hands that match the color perfectly. The sub-dial is also striking, slightly iridescent with blue details. The faded vertical lines on the dial remind us of hardwood floors, giving this watch a natural appeal.
Through the clear display case, you can examine the bronze & gold plated gears and machined bridge plate, working together to bring new life to this piece. This powerful 405-grade watch contains 17 jewels and a gilded inscription that proudly states “The Autocrat.” To complement the navy tones of the piece, we added our Merlot leather strap and a titanium crown. The result is truly stunning.
This watch was originally built in Springfield, Illinois, in 1916 — the same year when the temperature in Browning, Montana, plummeted from 44°F (7°C) to -56°F (49°C) on the night of January 23. These shocking drops in temperature can occur frequently in Montana, resulting in a phenomenon known as “exploding trees.” When the temperature suddenly drops, the sap of the tree can freeze very quickly. The sudden change in mass causes some trees to “shatter,” omitting a gunshot like sound as the tree bark splits.
We have an incredible piece of timekeeping history to share with you that was initially manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in 1925 — the Springfield 527. The elegant face of this striking watch features an intricate gold inlay accompanied by eye-catching golden numerals. In addition to the elegant inlay, this unique piece also features glimmering, golden diamond-kite-shaped hands on both the main display and subdial. We have paired this stunning antique movement with our robust machined titanium case to let the antique beauty of this piece shine.
As you turn the watch over, you can view the elaborate inner workings of this timepiece’s movement through our case’s proprietary clear back. The autocrat-grade movement of this watch features a breathtaking machined bridge plate and gorgeous gold and bronze plated gears that draw one’s attention to the intricacies of this piece. The movement of this watch also features a dazzling gilded inscription that reads, “The Autocrat.” To complement the watch’s luxurious gold tones, we have paired the movement with our comfortable olive leather strap.
When this watch was originally produced in Elgin, Illinois, in 1925, the first run of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, was published. Many believed that Fitzgerald’s tale of raucous jazz-age parties and tragedy did not live up to Fitzgerald’s earlier works after its release. Still, the novel gained massive popularity during WWII when the Council on Books in Wartime distributed the book for free.
Director Baz Luhrman reimagined The Great Gatsby in the 2013 movie by the same name, and the film featured Leonardo Di Caprio in the leading role of Gatsby.
Upcoming In-Person Events
Below please find a list of our upcoming trade shows. Tyler and/or R.T. will be attending most of these shows and would love to meet you!
Trade Show Calendar:
- Firefly Handmade | Boulder, Colorado | Sept 16 - 18
- WindUp Watch Fair | New York, New York | Oct 21 - 23
- America Field | Denver, Colorado | Oct 28 - 30
- Fountain Hills Art Festival | Fountain Hills, AZ | Nov 11 - 13
- One of a Kind | Chicago, IL | Dec 1 - 4
If you will be attending any of these shows please do send us an email. At the very least we'd like to shake your hand and there may even be an opportunity for drinks or a social event at some of these locations if we get enough people!