A Custom Bridger Field Watch
Made by Montana Watch Company (2002)
This was delivered to me in late 2002 and, as the accompanying letter states, is an un-numbered prototype which is the first watch produced of the Bridger Field Watch line from Montana Watch Company. It features a lacquered white dial, nitre-blued steel case and buffalo-hide straps. The movement is a high-grade ETA 2824. The crown is 14k gold. This watch is not a standard model, it was custom-built for me after Convergence 2002, a collector trade show held in Lancaster, PA. The idea I had when giving input on this build was sort of a modern WWI trench watch like those made by Elgin and Waltham.
The watch is pictured with the original box, allen key, protective pouch, letter from the maker and a CD copy of the Winter 2002 catalogue from MWC (not pictured).
All the photos taken below were made 19 Feb 2016, and clearly show the pristine condition of this uncommon watch. The dimensions are 37mm wide, 10.5mm high, 16mm strap width at lugs. The dial is ~28mm. As demonstrated in the photographs, the overall effect is very much vintage/retro, but the presence of the watch is substantial, unlike many vintage pieces, which can be quite small (<35mm). Since it was delivered, the case of this watch has not been opened.
New watches from this line are very pricey and ornate. Examples of the early understated version are very rarely offered on the secondary market.
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Text and Photos © C. BRradley Jacobs, WatchCarefully.com