Sangamon Watches Presale Event: First Flight Collection

Sangamon Watch Company is taking preorders now for an aviation watch collection inspired by Wright Brothers. This is a Pre-Sale Item. Please reserve your First Flight Collection watch and Save now. We will ship as soon as it is available. Expected Shipping: Early December 2022.

Specifications:

Case Size: 40mm 
Case Material: Polished 316L Stainless Steel 
Case Thickness: 12mm
Dial Color: Blue
Glass: Side curved Sapphire Crystal with 5 layers Anti-Reflective Coating 
Lume: Swiss BGW9 Super-LumiNova (White in Daylight, Neon Blue at Night)
Band: Genuine leather with Quick Release; with additional Quick Release Silicone Band
Band Width: 22mm
Movement: Japanese VH64 Quartz
Crown: Push/Pull with Engraved Logo
Water Resistance: 5 ATM (50 Meters)
Case Lug-to-Lug: 46mm
Case Back: Iconic Wright Flyer Engraved Picture
Packaging: Premium Navy Cardboard Box with Story Card
1-Year International Warranty Metal Card Included

First Flight Collection is inspired by the first powered flight in aviation history when Wilbur and Orville Wright successfully flew their Wright Flyer for 59 seconds on December 17, 1903. The engraved backside of the watch displays the iconic Wright Flyer, propelled by a 12hp gasoline engine. 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.

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.

Looking for Inspirations in the National Aviation Heritage Area in Ohio

As Sangamon Watch Company is planning to launch our first aviation related “pilot watch” collection next year, our team made a quick trip to The National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base, northeast of Dayton Ohio. The museum is the world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum, with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on the display. The museum draws about a million visitors each year, making it one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in Ohio. The museum is a central component of the National Aviation Heritage Area.

If you are interested in American aviation history inspired pilot watches, make sure you book mark our blog or SangamonWatches.com for our next year’s new product releases.

If you have got interest in aviation history, military aircrafts, or the like, the museum is a must-see attraction. Besides four hangars full of virtually every United States Air Force aircraft ever produced, there is a great gift shop, IMAX theatre, and an adjacent outdoor park with memorials to military veterans of WW II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq War. This is a two-day museum, give yourself plenty of time so that you can take a lot photos and learn more about aviation history. If you are Chinese, you would be very interested in learning more about Flying Tigers.

Admission and parking are free, but there is a separate charge for the IMAX Theater and flight simulator. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Address: 1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, OH 45431
Open 9 AM – 5 PM
Phone: (937) 255-3286