Quick Take

In 2007 RGM introduced its caliber 801 movement, based on the ETA 6497, and over the past 12 years it has been used in many of the American brand's watches. RGM is well-known for their intricate engine-turned and enamel dials, but the new 801 Skeleton model eschews the dial (almost) completely in order to show off the skeleton version of the movement.
The mainplate and bridges in the hand-finished movement have a matte finish, accentuated by polished bevels. The balance cock is neatly engraved, which makes for a nice contrast between the rest of the bridges. It is remarkable to see even the winding and setting mechanism skeletonized, as these parts are very delicate. Although this watch does not have a power reserve indication, it is easy to see the state of wind by looking at the mainspring through the skeletonized barrel.
While there is no traditional dial, the dial-side of the mainplate is marked with hour and minute indications, in a way that makes it easy to read the time, but does not detract from the beautiful movement. The seconds are indicated with a gold plaque, which divides the minute into thirds. The traditional seconds hand on the fourth wheel axis is replaced with a three arm seconds hand, with the different lengths of the arms allowing for reading of the seconds as they pass over the plaque. The mirror-finished case is stainless steel, with large lugs and crown.
Initial Thoughts

The caliber 801 skeleton has been in development for more than a year, and the hard work resulted in a fresh take on the 801 movement that allows us to easily admire its architecture. When skeletonizing a movement it is easy to go too far and end up with a watch that is difficult to read, or is very fragile due to the amount of metal removed from the mainplate and bridges. In my opinion, RGM got it just right with the 801 skeleton. In a way, it is is the logical progression of the 801 series.
The Basics

Brand: RGM Watch Company
Model: 801 Skeleton
Reference Number: PS-801-Skeleton
Diameter: 43.3mm X 12.3mm
Case Material: Polished 316L stainless steel
Water Resistance: 5-ATM
Strap/Bracelet: Alligator
The Movement

Caliber: 801 Skeleton
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Winding: Manual
Frequency: 2.5Hz (18,000 vph)
Jewels: 19
Additional Details: Hand engraved balance cock with swan neck regulator
Pricing & Availability

Price: $21,400 in stainless steel; $34,200 in 18K rose gold
Availability: TBD
For more information on the 801 series, visit rgmwatches.com.


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