The art of watch­mak­ing

Popular Science - - CONTENTS - BY JOE BROWN PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY CHRISTO­PHER PAYNE

Roland G. Mur­phy is the R, G, and M in RGM Watches, the last Amer­i­can out­fit man­u­fac­tur­ing fine watches and their 100-plus-piece move­ments from raw, pre­cious met­als. Af­ter a part-time gig in high school that in­volved build­ing clock cab­i­nets, he caught the horo­log­i­cal bug. Mur­phy went on to study watch­mak­ing in Switzer­land and then took a job de­vel­op­ing time­pieces for the Hamil­ton Watch Com­pany. Twenty-five years ago he founded RGM. Here, he works a 1913 Swiss lathe called a Rose En­gine.

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