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1915R Exhibition Display Case Back

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A distinguishing feature of the recently released Model 1915R Limited Edition Reissue is an exhibition display case back, complete with a hand-engraved commemorative inscription.  Providing a fascinating view of the intricate 29 Jewel Swiss Soprod cal. A10-2 self-winding movement, the open case back is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.  Please click here to visit our website, or see our previous blog post for additional information about the Model 1915R.  

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Montana Watch Company Announces Limited Edition Reissue of the Model 1915 in Celebration of 15th Anniversary

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Livingston, MT, March 2014- Montana Watch Company began creating custom timepieces in October 1998.  Originating with the Model 1915 in homage to early American wristwatches, The Montana Watch Company expanded to include 9 models, all designed, assembled, and tested in Livingston, Montana by Owner/Founder Jeffrey Nashan, with production limited to 75-100 watches per year.  The cases are machined in nearby Manhattan, Montana.

“Fifteen years ago I created the Montana Watch Company to rekindle the great American heyday of watch manufacture.”  Mr. Nashan explains.  “My first watch was the classic Model 1915.  I am commemorating our successful fifteen years with this limited fifteen-piece re-edition of the model that started me on my journey”.

In addition to limited edition series, The Montana Watch Company specializes in creating custom, one-of-a-kind timepieces, inspiring discerning clientele to create bespoke, functional heirlooms to be passed down and treasured for generations.  Montana Watch collaborates with Master Artisans, offering endless options such as hand sculpting and engraving, gem-setting, hand-tooled leather straps, and even proprietary case designs.

The commemorative edition is available in three distinctive designs; Classic, Western Design, and Western Design Premium, epitomizing Montana Watch Company’s passion for early Americana and Western influence, while catering to individual taste.  All three variations begin with a solid Argentium silver, open display back case, which is capped with utilitarian wire lugs.  Other shared elements include Super LumiNova sport hands sweeping across a Grand Feu, baked-enamel dial protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a 29 Jewel, self-winding, Swiss mechanical movement.

The Model 1915 R Classic embodies the traditional, clean design of early wristwatches, while the Model 1915 Western Design evokes a bit of Cowboy flare with the addition of hand-engraved Western single-point line work.  The Model 1915 Western Design Premium draws particular focus to the artistry offered by Montana Watch Company. Handcrafted with Western single-point engraving in deep relief, the Western Design Premium variation is further embellished with four, solid gold, hand-sculpted overlays and a gold winding crown, each regally graced with a genuine ruby, the traditional 15th anniversary gemstone. The piece is finished with a hand-tooled and stitched saddle leather strap fitted to the case with solid gold, transitional-style wire lugs.

Watch and Americana collectors interested in learning more are encouraged to visit www.MontanaWatch.com to explore currently available inventory selections, or gather inspiration to begin the journey of creating a personal, yet timeless expression of American craftsmanship.  For more additional assistance, contact Montana Watch Company at info@montanawatch.com or 406-222-8899.

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Tips from the Bench

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It may be a stretch to say spring is in the air here in Livingston, MT with snow and cold temperatures in the forecast this week, but we are celebrating the last day of winter nonetheless and are patiently hopeful to be graced with warmer weather soon.  Longer days full of beautiful sunshine glittering on new snow brings cheeriness and bright moods, and the recent time change also seems to have inspired calls from our clients with questions about winding and setting their timepieces.  Our clients quickly become friends at Montana Watch Company, and it is always a pleasure to have a reason to visit and catch up a bit, but we thought it may be helpful to post a reminder about how to properly set and wind Montana Watch Company watches.

Bridger Field Watch, 1915, 1925, 1920, 1930 and Officer’s Watch:

Your watch is powered by a self-winding, spring driven, mechanical movement that maintains a 30-40 hour power reserve via the kinetic energy produced by normal daily activity. When first putting on your watch after a period of stoppage or very low reserve it is best to wind the crown at least two dozen times to ensure proper power before setting the time.  To set the time, pull the winding crown out two clicks to the second position, and set the hands forwards or backwards to the correct time, then push the crown all the way back in to ensure water resistance.

Please note that your watch has a hack feature and the seconds hand will stop when the crown is pulled out to the set position.  The best way to maintain a constantly running timepiece is by using a watch winder when you remove your watch, particularly for those who change watches frequently or are less active.  We offer a selection of high quality watch winders.

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Highline Aviator & Miles City Edition:

Your watch is powered by a hand-wound, spring driven, mechanical movement that maintains a 30-40 hour power reserve at full wind. When first putting on your watch after a period of stoppage or very low power reserve, turn winding crown clockwise repeatedly until it stops to ensure proper power before setting the time. To set the time, pull the winding crown out one click to the setting position and set the hands forwards or backwards to the correct time, then push the crown all the way back to the original position to ensure water resistance.

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Montana Travler:

Your Montana Travler is powered by a self-winding, spring driven, mechanical movement that maintains a 30-40 hour power reserve via the kinetic energy produced by normal daily activity. Your watch is equipped with a threaded (screw-down) style crown that must be unscrewed, counterclockwise, before putting the crown into the setting or winding positions, and then screwed back clockwise to maintain water resistance.

When putting on your watch after a period of stoppage or very low reserve it is best to unthread the crown and wind it at least two dozen turns to assure proper power before setting the time.  To set the time, pull the winding crown out to the second position, two clicks, and set the hands forwards or backwards to the correct time, then push the crown all the way back and thread it clockwise until it is screwed down snug to ensure water resistance.

Please note that your watch has a hack feature and the second hand will stop when the crown is pulled out to the set position.  The best way to maintain a constantly running timepiece is by using a watch winder when you remove your watch, particularly for those who change watches frequently or are less active.  For your convenience, we offer a selection of high quality watch winders.

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Sapphire:

Your watch is powered by a quartz, analog movement that has a battery life of approximately two years. This movement has an end-of-life (EOL) function to warn you that the battery is running low. When your second hand starts to advance at five second intervals, instead of the normal one second interval, please send it to our studio for a battery change. To set the time, pull the winding crown out two clicks to the setting position and set the hands forwards or backwards to the correct time, then push the crown all the way back to the original position to ensure water resistance.

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Montana Watch Celebrates with Banovich in Las Vegas

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2014 marks two important milestones for renowned wildlife artist John Banovich, a dear friend of the Nashan family and Montana Watch Company. John is not only celebrating his 50th birthday, but also 20 years of partnership with Safari Club International.

The celebration will commence Wednesday February 5th with the2014 Birthday Beast Benefit in Las Vegas, a VIP cocktail party and silent auction benefitting the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, a nonprofit organization fostering cooperative efforts to conserve the earth’s wild places. Montana Watch Company will be in attendance supporting the special event with their donation of a custom ladies Sapphire timepiece, a Banovich collaboration featuring a handcrafted Bullino engraved rendering of the Banovich original sketch “Chui”. The framed original sketch will be included in this elegant, custom package for the lucky auction winner.

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Additionally, Montana Watch Company is honored to join forces with John in his booth during the Safari Club International Convention, to be held Wednesday February 5th-Saturday February 8th 2014. If you are planning to attend SCI this year, please be sure to visit us inside the Banovich booth, number 1067.

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Finally, we are teaming up with John once again for the February 7th Friday night SCI auction, donating half of a truly exquisite pairing of original artwork. This stunning collaboration begins with an original oil on Belgian Linen by John Banovich titled “King”, a contemporary depiction of a large male lion in his prime. The Montana Watch Company component, a custom Model 1930 watch with the “King” image Bullino engraved on the dial is framed by a sterling silver case hand-engraved in a tribal motif. This collaboration is the quintessential representation of African Safari artwork, sure to be the pride and joy of Banovich and Montana Watch collectors alike. This stunning pair represents a marvelous opportunity for bidders to support SCI conservations efforts through their investment in this distinctive original artwork set.

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For more information about this amazing auction package or to participate in the live online auction visit the SCI site at http://auction.safariclub.org/King-Oil-on-Belgian-Linen-and-Custom-Timepiece_i18473915

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Montana Watch Company Announces Limited Edition Reissue of the Model 1915 in Celebration of 15th Anniversary

1915 trioLivingston, MT, March 2014- Montana Watch Company began creating custom timepieces in October 1998.  Originating with the Model 1915 in homage to early American wristwatches, The Montana Watch Company expanded to include 9 models, all designed, assembled, and tested in Livingston, Montana by Owner/Founder Jeffrey Nashan, with production limited to 75-100 watches per year.  The cases are machined in nearby Manhattan, Montana.

“Fifteen years ago I created the Montana Watch Company to rekindle the great American heyday of watch manufacture.”  Mr. Nashan explains.  “My first watch was the classic Model 1915.  I am commemorating our successful fifteen years with this limited fifteen-piece re-edition of the model that started me on my journey”.

In addition to limited edition series, The Montana Watch Company specializes in creating custom, one-of-a-kind timepieces, inspiring discerning clientele to create bespoke, functional heirlooms to be passed down and treasured for generations.  Montana Watch collaborates with Master Artisans, offering endless options such as hand sculpting and engraving, gem-setting, hand-tooled leather straps, and even proprietary case designs.

The commemorative edition is available in three distinctive designs; Classic, Western Design, and Western Design Premium, epitomizing Montana Watch Company’s passion for early Americana and Western influence, while catering to individual taste.  All three variations begin with a solid Argentium silver, open display back case, which is capped with utilitarian wire lugs.  Other shared elements include Super LumiNova sport hands sweeping across a Grand Feu, baked-enamel dial protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a 29 Jewel, self-winding, Swiss mechanical movement.

The Model 1915 R Classic embodies the traditional, clean design of early wristwatches, while the Model 1915 Western Design evokes a bit of Cowboy flare with the addition of hand-engraved Western single-point line work.  The Model 1915 Western Design Premium draws particular focus to the artistry offered by Montana Watch Company. Handcrafted with Western single-point engraving in deep relief, the Western Design Premium variation is further embellished with four, solid gold, hand-sculpted overlays and a gold winding crown, each regally graced with a genuine ruby, the traditional 15th anniversary gemstone. The piece is finished with a hand-tooled and stitched saddle leather strap fitted to the case with solid gold, transitional-style wire lugs.

Watch and Americana collectors interested in learning more are encouraged to visit www.MontanaWatch.com to explore currently available inventory selections, or gather inspiration to begin the journey of creating a personal, yet timeless expression of American craftsmanship.  For more additional assistance, contact Montana Watch Company at info@montanawatch.com or 406-222-8899.

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The HA.357 – A timepiece like no other

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The original sketch design

The Montana Watch Company Special Edition HA.357

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The one-of-a-kind  HA.357 timepiece

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HA.357 Exhibition Caseback

We have created another heirloom-quality piece promoting and preserving the centuries old traditions of hunters and shooting sportsmen. This piece, unlike anything we have ever crafted, is the epitome of the Art of Time.

In 1934, Smith & Wesson developed the .357 Magnum, designed by Colonel D. B. Wesson along with considerable technical assistance from Phillip B. Sharpe, a member of the Technical Division Staff of the National Rifle Association. It is this original S & W cylinder and the Sharpe bullet headstamp that are showcased on the dial of our Highline Aviator mechanical timepiece.

Crafted of Grade 2 Titanium and heat blued by hand, this distinctive timepiece is a collaborative effort of design, master engraving, brass overlay and metal sculpting.  It has been personally assembled in Livingston, Montana by noted American horologist Jeffrey P. Nashan.  The exhibition caseback frames the Swiss ETA 6498 manual movement and is beautifully engraved with the key phrase of 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution.  The piece has a 14k solid gold winding crown and is finished with a carbon fiber strap and stainless steel buckle.  This Special Edition HA.357 is water resistant to 90 feet and carries a lifetime warranty*.

One very lucky individual now owns this piece of American made craftsmanship by the Montana Watch Company and will help to celebrate our 2nd Amendment Rights.

To see more pictures from our great evening at the Event in Houston, click here.

 

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Old School in a New World

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We are often asked the question, “Why Livingston, Montana? It’s so small and in the middle of nowhere and there can’t be much industry there.”

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It can be quite hard to connect the time-honored craftsmanship of watch building to the modernized high tech world but at Montana Watch Company we are giving it sincere effort.  And the best way for us to do that… up here in the middle of nowhere… is Social Marketing.

Recently we have created Facebook posts that have generated 1000′s of hits on our page.  People seem to really love being a part of the design/build process of our pieces and we have discovered (along with millions of other users) how intoxicating the uploading of images and insights into the day to day operations in our little watch shop can be.  Whether it is images of Jeffrey working on a piece at the bench, a new sketch design or a little ditty about one of our staff- our clients and friends seem to love it all.

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Realizing the love of images and social thread followings, we have also accessed and jumped into the Pinterest pool with both feet.  We have been uploading images on a daily basis and having a lot of fun watching the “repinning” going on.  It is amazing to us to how the World Wide Web is just that… a web that grows and spirals with just one click opening up our doors to the whole world.

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We have reached 1000′s of clients with our Montana Watch Company Newsletter via email.  We have linkedin and on just about every social market we can.  We pin, we post, we blog, we link and we tweet.  We are in the virtual world and we are finding our way.

For the record, we have 6700+ people here, we are right off of I-90 in south central Montana and the LACK of commercial industry is EXACTLY why we love it here.

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Client Features – The Leopard Watch

The process of a custom individually handcrafted piece – played out in pictures.  Sometimes… this is the best way to understand what it is we do here at Montana Watch Company.

Mrs. Chappell decided she wanted to depict an image of a leopard, but not just any leopard.  She was able to actually see this beauty on one of her many journeys to Africa.

The sketch we prepared for her

After working with her, we came up with the perfect design for her.  Simple, yet elegant. High polished Argentium silver with bezel set diamond markers framing a hand-engraved bulino dial.

The process as it progresses with hand engraving by Christian DeCamillis

The beautifully finished dial. One of a kind.

The Argentium silver case with bezel set diamonds by Diane Scalese

Together prior to the build

The finished piece. From beginning to end with the client

 

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Introducing the Montana Travler

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The new guy on the block…  The Montana Travler.

And yes, it is spelled correctly.

When designing this classic 46mm Swiss mechanical timepiece, the thought was something different from anything in our current line while still following our traditional concepts.  We knew he was going to be big and bold with a high profile. He would have a classic face in a gorgeous black mother-of-pearl dial. Roman or Arabic numerals in a sultry gray luminova would be framed in thin classic bezels. The first run, after a long search for the perfect metal, would be milled of carbon steel damacus.  His crown would be adorned with a deep black diamond.

He is the burly, classy, hardworking, good looking one.

So… that led to the need for the perfect name.

The Montana Travler:

“In the 1930s, Montanan Tom Eaton began combining the bloodlines of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Morgan Horse, American Saddlebred, Thoroughbred, and Hamiltonian in a search for “the perfect horse.” By the early 1970s, his breeding resulted in an eye-catching, ground-covering chestnut stallion.

“The stallion, named Montana Travler, walked at a brisk eight miles per hour, with a giant eight-inch-plus overstep. He trained easily. This success motivated Eaton to found the Montana Travler Horse Association in 1979, writing, “Justin Morgan established a breed from one outstanding stallion. The Montana Travler is the result of not only a great stallion, but selective breeding over a period of many years.

“The Montana Travler has great heart depth, stamina, an excellent topline, sound conformation, strong feet, and a willing temperament. Travlers are narrow, but deep-chested, which enhances endurance. Because they were bred to travel mountain trails, pack, and cut and work cattle, the breed is surefooted and brave.

He is the burly, classy, hardworking, good looking one.

Inspired and in honor of such a perfect idea…

The Montana Travler from the Montana Watch Company – January 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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NRA-ILA Auction

We were so excited to be invited to the annual NRA-ILA Auction in April.  We collaborated with our subsidiary, the Rocky Mountain Watch Company, and HHH Custom Knives to create this custom watch and knife set which we donated.  The following page is from the auction catalog.

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