n late 2021, Roland Murphy of Equation of Time watches (founder of RGM watches) collaborated with watch photographer and artist Atom Moore to create the first prototype of the Fat Arrow watch. With Roland Murphy’s knowledge of these iconic WWII military watches, they worked together to take the art and make it a reality, honing the details to meld the creative play of the broad arrows on the dial in Atom Moore’s artwork into a true-to-size 36mm watch case.
A big crown similar to the original was used along with sword-style hands. The railroad minute track is highlighted with luminous dots and bars on the hours. To add to the uniqueness of the physical watch a detail not originally there has been added. All of the larger “fat” arrows are lumed across the dial.
Visible through the case-back is the Swiss-Made Sellita SW210-1 with Geneva Stripes and radially brushed gears. The watch can also be customized when ordered with choices of finishes on the case, crown, and hands. The watch is a limited edition of 99 pieces with delivery in September 2022.
Roland Murphy is the founder of RGM watches in operation since 1992 in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. Equation of Time followed in 1998 to showcase watches designed with input from collectors.
In 2015 acclaimed watch photographer Atom Moore created his first series of Mashup Watch Art. While working for AnalogShift in NYC he photographed many different variations of the dirty dozen British military watches. The use of the broad arrow on the dial was present in all variations of these watches, made by 12 different manufacturers, to indicate this was government property and for non-civilian use.
A simple three lines were used to create the broad arrows but the variation between each one was the detail that inspired Atom. The title for the original art piece “Fat Arrow” is based on the more robust arrow coined by collectors of these World War II-era timekeepers. Atom has created dozens of Mashup watch art pieces since 2015 and has had several exhibitions of his signature metal prints, most recently at the NAWCC The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Museum in Columbia, PA, and the Watches of Switzerland Boutique in SoHo NYC.
- Movement: Sellita SW-210, manual winding, 18 jewels, 28,800 vph, Rhodium finish
- Functions: Hour / Minute / Second
- Power Reserve: 42-45 hours
- Case: Stainless steel, Sapphire crystal front, water-resistant to 5-ATM, Display back
- Dimensions: Diameter: 36.0mm, Height: 12.0mm, Lug Width: 18mm
- Dial: Matte black with Super-LumiNova markers