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In Profile: Sangamon Watches USA

This US based brand is one we just discovered and we like the cut of their jib, with retro inspired designs and a Sangamon Dock owners club. So if you become a fan, you get extra rewards. Great idea, more watch brands should get on board with that.

The Sangamon Omaha Beach range acts as a tribute to all the brave people who went ashore in June 1944 to help open up a Western Front and defeat the Nazi war machine that bit quicker. With a quartz movement the green dial matched to a tan leather strap simply looks the biz for us, combining vintage style with modern timekeeping. That US Army star logo on the sub-second dial is a nice detail too.

Then there’s the Lincoln’s River models, which feature Seiko NH35 automatic movements, sapphire crystal, a natty rosewood box and bracelet/strap options set onto 22mm lugs. Handome dress watch, with silver, blue, black or gold tone being your colour choices. Not sure about the graphic of Abe Lincoln doing some paddling on the caseback, maybe a snaking bend in the river and few mountains would offer a more pleasing vista. Or a see-thru caseback?

MOTHER ROAD

As a former bike journo I have to say one thing I really regret missing out on was riding the famous Route 66, so the Mother Road collection is a personal fave.

Chunky 44mm case, nice 70s style rally sport leather strap, sapphire crystal and the trusty Seiko NH35A auto movement inside. Comes with a Route 66 collectors box, including a key ring for that essential – and much delayed – road trip. Prices is $289 (about £210, plus shipping and import duty on top) on a special deal right now, with four dial colour choices, plus a super limited edition tie-dye multi-coloured dial design. That’s a very fair price for an automatic watch with a Seiko movement inside, plus sapphire crystal and I speak as an owner of a Presage which costs 300 quid and has a Hardlex crystal.

Here’s some info from Sangamon;

There are 5 color options (Black, Brown, White, Navy and Tie-Dye) designed around the theme, from the Harley Davidson inspired black dial to the extremely limited model (only 20) Tie-Dye dial inspired by famous Cadillac Ranch. The watch band is a thick and durable genuine leather Rally Racing 3-Hole with a brushed stainless steel oversized buckle.

Every Sangamon watch comes with a story card to further connect the customer with the history and design of the watch. The Mother Road Collection also includes a keychain with the iconic Route 66 logo, a custom Mother Road Patch and two metal cards for Sangamon Dock Membership and 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Mother Road Collection is part of the Spirit Series. The Spirit Series represents an empowerment of inner peace and the awakening of your soul. The Spirit Series is an icon for freedom and conveys an optimistic outlook on life.

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