Montana Watch Company owner/founder Jeffrey Nashan made Montana his home nearly 25 years ago, drawn to the outdoor adventure and lifestyle promised by the beautiful and rugged landscape. Soon after, he began the pursuit of two passions: watch making and cattle ranching.
Montana Watch Company is pleased to share sketches and mockups of Jeffrey’s newest wristwatch design. The Cattleman’s Watch was inspired by the grit and determination of early Montana pioneers like entrepreneur Nelson Story, the cattleman, miner, and vigilante who was the first to drive approximately 1000 head of Texas Longhorn cattle from Texas to Montana along the Bozeman Trail. The legendary trek of early cattlemen like Story later became fictionalized in the compelling book and TV series Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.
The 48mm sterling silver case is complemented by a new Saddle Horn lug design and is further embellished with elements such as a Mother-of-Pearl dial and a hand-tooled leather strap finished with a sterling silver buckle. Inside ticks a 17 Jewel, Swiss ETA cal. 6498 hand-wound movement, which is assembled, regulated, and tested by Jeffrey in his Livingston, MT studio.
The Lonesome Dove, a variation of The Cattleman’s Watch, shines with the addition of a gold dial, Western Bright Cut hand-engraving, hand-turned gold rope, and hand-sculpted gold Lonestar and Longhorn overlays- a nod to the Texas, Montana cattleman connection.
The third variation shown here was created at the request of a potential new client, who just may have bragging rights as the first Cattleman’s Watch owner. Intrigued with the Cattleman’s Watch prototype during a recent visit to our studio, he chose to incorporate Western single-point deep relief engraving to the striking design- enhancing the antique, western feel embodied in the Cattleman’s Watch in true Montana Watch Company fashion.