"Brian and Tyler are particular about the stories they narrate in every stunning product. Their unique flair for sharing America’s rich history by crafting classic watches sets them apart: They do not just enshrine historical events but help Americans retrace and showcase their personal pride in their country’s rich and fascinating history." - Babyboomers.com
Introducing Sangamon Watches, a wristwatch brand that combines a love for American history with contemporary design. Launched in the Summer of 2019 by two entrepreneurs in Springfield, Illinois - the Home of Lincoln, this brand is dedicated to preserving tradition while embracing the latest watchmaking technology. Experience the perfect balance of timeless design and modern innovation with Sangamon Watches, a true tribute to American heritage.
Behind The Name
Sangamon Watch Company pays homage to the iconic Sangamon River, a defining part of Abraham Lincoln's early life and career. The river, which runs from Central Illinois to the Mississippi River, holds a special place in Lincoln's heart as his family settled along its banks when he was young. The word "Sangamon" itself, meaning "land of milk and honey" in Pottawatomie Indian, symbolizes the richness of the area's history.
In 1831, at the age of 21, Lincoln lived near the river in New Salem and even built a flatboat to sail to New Orleans, further cementing his connection to the Sangamon River. The founders of Sangamon Watch Company have chosen this name to honor the rich history and significance of the Sangamon River in American history, and to keep this legacy alive with every timepiece they create.
The Sangamon region was also home to one of the finest watchmakers in the United States- The Illinois Watch Company. It operated for 61 years building nearly six million watches and had over 1200 employees at its peak. It was a pioneer of the time-keeping industry and railroads across the world utilized their technology.
At Sangamon Watches, we believe in putting quality first and maintaining a tight-knit team with a small-town feel, even as we reach customers globally. Our commitment to unique, American-designed timepieces is demonstrated by our showroom, located in the heart of historic downtown Springfield, IL and easily accessible for tourists exploring the legendary Route 66. Each of our wristwatches is carefully crafted to pay homage to a particular aspect of American history, making Sangamon watches truly one-of-a-kind.
"The success of Sangamon Watches proves that even in a modern market increasingly inundated with fast-fashion and cheap goods, a worldwide appreciation for craftsmanship and quality products with a sense of story remains." - Erick Ycaza, ElectroWow.net