FSOT: Exceptional Montana Watch Co. Bridger Field Watch, 1st example (prototype) of the series
From the original owner who I received this watch from last week:
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 will be delivered to its new owner with the original box, allen key, protective pouch (all shown below), 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 unusual watch. The dimensions are 37mm wide, 10.5 high 16mm strap width at lugs. The dial is ~28mm. As you can see, 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 (This watch has never been worn and is TZ condition LNIB.
Asking $1500 plus actual costs for shipping & insurance. I will entertain all reasonable offers. New watches from this line are very pricey and ornate. Current Bridger Field Watches start at $3475.00.
Examples of the early understated version are very rarely offered on the secondary market.
I want to thank the original owner, WatchCarefully for the images and original text (all images continue to be property of watchcarefully). I am the second owner of this watch. I will consider all trades for watches in this value range or below plus cash from you.
Please note I am selling this for a friend. Watch will ship from Florida (I 100% vouch for him).