Monthly Archives: September 2011

Upcoming Events: Stop by if you are in the area

We are just winding up our travel season by coming to the following shows.  We would love it if you would stop by our booth and say hello in any of the following cities. If you would like more information on any of the shows or would like to attend contact us at Info@montanawatch.com

  • Richard Childress Congressional Sportsman Foundation Oct 12, 2011
  •  Art, Wine and Watches – Liberty Hotel, Boston – November 15th, 2011
  •  DSC  Dallas – January 5th – 8th, 2012
  •  SCI Houston – January 13th – 15th, 2012
  •  SCI Las Vegas – February 1st – 4th, 2012
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A unique collaboration honors a beloved pet…

Montana Watch Company created this beautiful custom engraved piece for our client Steve Barley, he was kind enough to share his thoughts with us…

Livingston Montana Watch Company American Manufactured Custom Timepieces

1925 Custom Engraved Timepiece Front Detail

MWC: How did you find out about the Montana Watch Company?

SB: Stopped by the booth at the Safari Club of Dallas show in 2008.

MWC: What interested you in our company?

SB:The one of a kind watch and the art work, but more importantly the look of a classic watch, the attention to detail.

MWC: Is buying American made important to you?

SB:Yes, however I realize the components are manufactured in Europe(Switzerland, Germany) and assembled in America, one watch at a time. Not an assembly line production.

MWC: Do you consider yourself a watch collector?

SB: No, I am not a watch collector, I have several watches, but I do not consider myself a collector.

MWC:What made you decide to order your watch?  Can you tell us about the process you went through in order to customize it exactly how you want it?

Bozeman Montana Watch Company Handmade Custom American Timepieces black labs

"Babe"

 

SB: I had a Labrador that I had personally trained and was my best friend. She went everywhere with me and was truly an incredible animal. I knew there would come a day when I had to say goodbye, however I wanted to remember her and the idea of a watch intrigued me. My wife for our 38th anniversary commissioned an artist to do a portrait of “Babe”…..he absolutely captured the expression I remember, her intensity the look I had seen so many times while we were hunting….that is the art that was used for my watch. I met Catherine at the Dallas Safari Club show and ordered a watch, unfortunately the market and economy tanked and I felt I needed to back off….so I canceled the order in 2008. In November of 2010, I had to say goodbye to “Babe”…..I ordered the watch at the Dallas Safari Club show in Jan. 2011.

Bob Bertram painting black lab livingston montana watch company custom made american timepieces

Babe Barley by Bob Bertram

The process of building the watch was very easy….I talked and e-mailed Catherine and Jeffrey. The artist, Bob Bertram (www.betramgallery.com)sent pictures that he had worked with on painting the portrait and Jeffrey and Catherine went to work with their artist  to replicate and create another piece of art. After several discussions and many e-mails with concept and proto-types we arrived at how the watch should look ….the finished product is an heirloom piece that will be passed on to my son.

MWC: Would you recommend us to family or friends?

SB:I would certainly recommend Jeffrey and the Montana Watch Company to do a special piece…..Catherine was very helpful and we enjoyed touring the company and observing Jeffrey at work when we were there in June……

MWC: Anything else you would like to share?

Bozeman Montana Watch Company Handmade Custom American Timepieces

1925 Custom Engraved Timepiece Back Detail

SB:I was fortunate to have the dog of a lifetime and Montana Watch Company created a piece that is very special to me. Most people admire the finished product , but have no idea of the memories it brings to me.

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About the Montana Watch Company

Jeffrey Nashan, Montana Watch Company owner and founder, began his career in horology as a watchmaker specializing in the restoration of vintage timepieces. He became particularly fascinated with the history of early American wrist and pocket watch manufacturing, from back in the day when American companies dominated the field. When Nashan’s interests went beyond simple restoration and into the areas of design and manufacture he founded The Montana Watch Company and began what has become a passion to create truly unique, heirloom timepieces inspired by the designs of the early American watchmakers.

Jeffrey nashan, Montana Watch Company, Bozeman watch company

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Farrell Belt & Buckle

When Jeffrey and I moved onto the Bridger mountains in Livingston we met a rancher, who over the years has become family to us.  He ran cattle on a 2.5 mile stretch of land that we drive through in order to get to our home.  Farrell, the rancher, let us use his horses, before we had our own, and Keegan learner how to ride at the age of 5 on his ranch.

Over the last few years Jeffrey started running his own cattle and now runs his with Farrell.  Jeffrey has completely embraced the rancher life and spends almost all of his spare time either with Farrell working on the ranch or making plans on how to manage cows, hay and bulls.

A couple of months ago Jeffrey decided to make a hand tooled belt with matching buckle for Farrell.  It was the perfect gift for him as his old belt was worn out and many of the holes in the belt had blended together.  He had his brand engraved into the buckle along with his initials.  I have never seen Farrell so touched as I had when Jeffrey gave him the belt.

 

We all love Farrell and the rest of his family.

 

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