International Travelers Are Getting Their Kicks at Sangamon Watches on Historic Illinois Route 66

Deep in the heart of Springfield, Illinois, sits one of Route 66’s most sought-after local attractions. Sangamon Watches is located in downtown Springfield on 6th street, across from City’s Visitors Center, it is the only locally created and owned watch brand on Route 66. This phenomenal wristwatch shop opened its downtown location in October 2021. Since its opening, Sangamon Watches has found tremendous business success and met countless friendly faces. People from all over the world have stopped to visit this fantastic shop, reveling at their beautiful watches, friendly staff, and historical residence. Travelers along Route 66 have made it essential to stop at Sangamon Watches and have written blogs and filmed YouTube videos to showcase their shop. Local TV and radio media has helped expose the world to this shop’s unique and authentic products and services.

Brian Su and Tyler Mckay, the founders of Sangamon Watches, had the vision to preserve the tradition and history of the wristwatch’s design while also embracing modern technology. Brian moved to America in the 1980s, coming from a background in international business. Tyler transitioned from his farming background into business and entrepreneurship, studying at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois. American history was a common interest for the two, which birthed their idea to open their historical shop. Brian and Tyler wanted to create more than just a luxury product. Their love of local and national history can be seen and felt throughout each watch and throughout every layer of their business.

In 2020, while most of the world shut down and business halted, Sangamon Watches overcame these challenges and released three watch collections. Since then, the company has also launched a few other collections. Sangamon Watches’ Mother Road Collection of watches was coined from the shop’s home alongside Route 66. The Mother Road Collection are high-quality, well-made wrist watches with a modern yet classic sports look. You’ll find a color and style that meets your needs throughout the collection. These watches have been sought after by many travelers looking to add a new piece to their collection. These watches are also an excellent souvenir for anyone new to wearing watches and wanting to start with a first-rate piece.

Brian and Tyler have dedicated their business to the history of this country. They value high-quality, intentionally made products with superior craftsmanship. Through their hard work and vision, they successfully overcame this pandemic and launched Sangamon Watches into reality. They’ve proven that even in today’s modern society of fast-made products, superior artistry still reigns supreme. Their mortar and brick shop, located at 206 South 6th Street in downtown Springfield has become a hot spot for Route 66 travelers from across the globe. They’ve met the smiling faces of travelers from Russia, Ireland, the UK, Spain, Canada, China and Japan.

Sangamon Watches still honors local businesses and values investing their success back into their community. Since being in business, they’ve donated to over fifteen local charities and community events including the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival. Stop by the shop and browse their unique collection of wristwatches, locally handcrafted gifts, and route 66 passports. Brian and Tyler have a gift for all route 66 travelers!

Don’t forget to check out http://www.SangamonWatches.com and follow them on Instagram at http://www.Instagram.com/sangamonwatches.

93 Year-Old Reconditioned Ford Tri-Motor Plane Came to Springfield for Public Rides

On May 19, 2022, a dozen people from across Springfield boarded the 93-year-old reconditioned Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B airplane at Springfield Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. The 1200 horsepower plane first flew in 1928. Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose” the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight, it was the largest civilian passenger aircraft of its time. It was pretty exciting for me to get an up-close and personal look at the Ford Tri-Motor. Most planes at the time still relied on wood, Ford’s planes used metal exterior and wood on the interior trim.  The airplane had 3 engines, each putting out over 400 supercharged horsepower.

With engines roaring and propellors spinning, the Ford Tri-Motor took flight, giving passengers a bird’s-eye view of downtown Springfield and Lake Springfield. I really enjoyed the 15 minutes ride over the sky in Springfield. The “City of Wichita” the aircraft’s official title, is one of fewer than 200 Ford Tri-Motors built from 1926-1933, making it the world’s first mass-produced airliner.

The Experimental Aircraft Association organized a series of flights in Springfield on the historic plane for interested people to experience a flight and see the state capitol and Lake Springfield from the sky. 

Sangamon Watch Company is launching a new aviation watch collection “The First Flight” end of this year, make sure you bookmark this blog to receive future updates.

How to Choose a Perfect Gift for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is around the corner! It is the day celebrated in honor of all those who kept the faith and fought for it till the last breath. Let us remember and thank them all. If you are looking for a perfect gift for loved ones, Omaha Beach Collection will help you make an easy and quick choice. Please browse Sangamon Watches’ special online sale event through June 2 at http://www.SangamonWatches.com. FREE UPS shipping within the USA. Please apply our special discount code: memorial35 at the final checkout.

Sangamon Watches Springfield Shop is Becoming a Popular Destination for Rt 66 Bloggers and Travelers

Sangamon Watches store at 206 South 6th Street in downtown Springfield is becoming a popular destination for many Route 66 social media personalities and travelers since its opening in mid October 2021. Sangamon Watches, owned and operated by local entrepreneurs Tyler McKay and Brian Su, is the only watch brand and shop located right on old Illinois Route 66 which now attracts visitors from all over the world. In recent weeks, the shop has been visited by many visitors and social media bloggers from Ireland, UK, Canada and other parts of the country. Sangamon Watches was launched in the Summer of 2019 with the simple goal of designing and producing stunning watches for men and women around meaningful American stories.

Please watch a recent YouTube video posted by Kelly and Brent from Canada, they came by for a great conversation on Springfield and Abe Lincoln history, and they bought a watch!

One of the most popular items is Route 66 passport, a booklet with informative and helpful information that are needed by tourists who are traveling along the route. People who purchased the passports can get a free stamp at Visitor Center right across the street. Mother Road Collection watches are also getting quite few orders. FREE gifts available for international Rt 66 tourists.

Address: 206 S 6th Street, Springfield IL
Website: http://www.SangamonWatches.com
Hours: 10 am – 3 pm (Tuesday-Friday)

Sangamon Watches Presale Event: Grand Expedition Collection

This is a Pre-Sale Item. Please reserve your Grand Expedition Collection watch now. We will ship as soon as it is available. Expected Shipping: Early May 2022

Specifications:
Case Size: 42mm 
Case Material: Brushed 316L Stainless Steel 
Case Thickness: 12mm
Dial Color: Black or White
Glass: Domed Sapphire Crystal with 5 layers Anti-Reflective Coating 
Bezel: 120-Click Uni-Directional Black Ceramic Bezel
Lume: Swiss BGW9 Super-LumiNova (White in Daylight, Neon Blue at Night)
Band: Brushed/Polished Stainless Steel with additional Quick Release Silicone Band (Black and White Two-Tone)
Band Width: 22mm
Movement: Japanese Seiko NH35A (Automatic)
Crown: Screw-Down with Engraved Logo
Vibrations per Hour: 21,600 bph
Jewels: 24
Power Reserve: 41 Hours
Water Resistance: 20 ATM (200 Meters)
Case Lug-to-Lug: 49.0 mm
Case Back: Lewis and Clark Expedition Deeply Engraved Picture
Packaging: Premium Navy Cardboard Box with Story Card
1-Year International Warranty Metal Card included

Grand Expedition is inspired by the historic adventure of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The engraved backside of the watch showcases the voyage of discovery by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the new frontier. Every Sangamon timepiece comes with a historic story card to further connect with the inspirational story depicted by the watch. This is a limited edition model of only 150 watches.

Grand Expedition is part of the New Beginnings Series. The New Beginnings Series represents the launch of new endeavors that alters our path down life’s journeys. New Beginnings generates excitement in our spirits and propels us to be our best selves.

Pre-order yours at http://www.SangamonWatches.com

2022 Lunar New Year Greetings from Sangamon Watches for Clients and Friends

2022 is a year of the Water Tiger. It starts from February 1st, 2022, and ends on January 21st, 2023. A Water Tiger year occurs every 60 years. The team at Sangamon Watch Company would like to wish you to be as powerful as a tiger. We hope you find peace, health, prosperity, but also love, patience, and optimism.

The Tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness. Many Chinese kids wear hats or shoes with a tiger image for good luck.

Preview: Grand Expedition Collection

Grand Expedition Collection is inspired by the historic adventure of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The engraved backside of the watch showcases the voyage of discovery by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the new frontier. This diver watch collection is a limited edition model of only 150 watches designed and produced by Sangamon Watch Company in Springfield IL. Due to the pandemic, the supply of watch movements and production have been delayed, we are expecting final production to be completed in late March. Sign up the pre-sale list today!