Sangamon Watch Company Announces the Official Launch of Their American Heritage Watches

(Springfield, IL) Sangamon Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois, announced today the launch of their American heritage brand to watch enthusiasts around the world. Founded in Central Illinois, Sangamon Watch Company was started by two international business travelers who often purchased luxury watches with little meaning behind them. The founders were motivated to combine high-quality watches for men and women with inspirational stories and at affordable prices. They visited the same factories that manufacture parts for many world-class brands and designed what they believe are the most inspirational watches in the USA.

“Sangamon Watches is designed to combine quality craftsmanship and historic inspiration in each of our unique timepieces. Every collection will be designed around a special inspirational story and come with a story card to further connect our customers with the story depicted by the watch,” said Tyler McKay, Founder & CEO of Sangamon Watch Company.

Inaugural Watch Collection

The inaugural watch called, “Lincoln’s River, is a symbolic collection inspired by a young Abraham Lincoln’s adventure on the Sangamon River. The inspiring Abe faced many hardships as a child, but the Sangamon River was a passage to a new beginning in his life. Lincoln’s River watches are laser engraved on the backside to depict Lincoln courageously guiding his flatboat down the Sangamon River in 1831. Highlights of the watch include a 42mm case made from surgical grade 316L stainless steel with a sapphire crystal glass that contains anti-reflective coating. The watch is powered by a Seiko NH35 automatic movement with 24 jewels and a 41-hour power reserve. Lincoln’s River Collection 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-sales are currently available on the official website and watches are expected to ship January 2020.

Behind the Name

Sangamon Watch Company is named after the Sangamon River, which runs from Central Illinois and feeds into the Mississippi River. The river was loved by Abraham Lincoln, whose family settled along the river when he was a young man. The Sangamon region was also home to one of the finest watchmakers in the United States- the Illinois Watch Company. Sangamon Watch Company’s employees work in the long shadow of President Lincoln feeling inspired by the region’s rich history. Their name, Sangamon, is proud to honor this tradition of excellence.

For more information, visit www.SangamonWatches.com.

Fall Leaves in New Salem

Today Mark and Brian came to New Salem for Sangamon watch‘s photo shoots. Fall colors are fading, and the season is near its end. However, we still managed to get some of the best photos for Sangamon watches. Lincoln’s New Salem village, where young Abraham Lincoln lived for six formative years from 1831 to 1837, is well known in the area. Young Lincoln once operated two Berry-Lincoln General Stores in the village. Our “Lincoln’s River Collection” is much inspired by 21 year old Lincoln who had a great entrepreneurial spirit.

The historical site is about 25 minutes short drive from Springfield Illinois. You can find more information at https://www2.illinois.gov/

To learn more about Sangamon Watch Company, please log on our official website at http://www.SangamonWatches.com.

People behind Sangamon Watch Company – Brian Su

The creators of Sangamon Watch Company are longtime entrepreneurs and residents in Sangamon County, Illinois, and they have been inspired by the early days of Abraham Lincoln, who lived and worked in the Sangamon River area such as Decatur and New Salem. Brian Su is one of the investors who is bringing the Sangamon watches from a blueprint into reality.

Influenced by a family of precision mechanical engineers, Brian Su has a deep passion for mechanical watches, and like his friend co-founder Tyler McKay, has traveled the world to collect them. In 1989 he followed his heart and fascination with American history and culture – and migrated to the United States to pursue his education at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) and business ventures. With nearly three decades of international business experience, he often travels the globe. As his deep appreciations for American heritage grow for last 27 years of living in Springfield Illinois, Brian has transformed and infused Sangamon Watch Company’s business model with the American spirit.

Rust Doesn’t Stop for Time

A shot from today. I and Brian drove by this abandoned place of rusted cars and equipment for many years. It is near the lot I owned in Virginia (Cass County Illinois). I bought the lot in 1976 when I was twenty-one. Life should always be filled with surprises. Today stopping at this place completed a circle in some way. Life is a beautiful adventure. (by Mark Bennett, Operation Director of Sangamon Watch Company)

Visit Illinois State Fair

The first weekend of August starts Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois. Visitors will notice a statue of 30-feet tall, thin Abe Lincoln holding an ax nearby the main fair entrance. The statue is named “The Rail Splitter” — and dates from 1968, it was sculpted by Carl W. Rinnus, a Springfield native.

Summer reading: Lincoln on Leadership

I was at the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library last Saturday, I spotted this book and loved it. “Lincoln Leadership – Executive Strategies for Tough Times” authored by Don Phillips, is the first book to examine Abraham Lincoln’s diverse leadership abilities and how they can be applied to the complex world today. I enjoyed reading the book and found it valuable and very useful for anyone who wishes to be a leader of all times and ages. You can also purchase the book at Amazon.com.