TYPE 00 - COALBANKS RAT ROD
You are looking at a piece of history repurposed for your wrist. This manually wound timepiece is made from retired rail pried from the hillside of our hometown, Lethbridge, Alberta. This durable steel, manufactured over 130 years ago, became the backbone of the coal mining industry and was an integral piece of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was sourced from the Galt No. 8 Mine site, which closed in 1957, and was a catalyst of economic development in aptly named Coalbanks (since changed to Lethbridge), as well as neighbouring towns Coalhurst and Coaldale. Larry Christmas, a previous chairman of the History and Heritage Committee of the Coal Association of Canada said: “The Galt No. 8 Mine site represents one of the most important abandoned coal mines in Canada...”
The quality steel rail now functions as the dial, case and caseback. The strap is made from none other than Hermann Oak leather from one of the finest tanneries in the USA. Each timepiece is packaged in a Canadian-made box made from reclaimed wood and of course the craftsmen who make your watch are human, not machines, ensuring your timepiece is completely unique in finish. Because our watches are made by hand, please allow for minor differences in colour and texture. We hope you love it as much as we loved making it.
We’ve been crafting some of the world’s most unique, award winning and storied timepieces since 2011. Since this watch is handmade and unique to you we can 100% guarantee your watch will be 1 of 1. If you have any questions about our work please reach out!
Movement: Hand-engraved ETA 6498-1.
Functions: Manually wound, 18,000 beats/hour, 46 hour power reserve, hours, minutes, sweeping second hand at the 5, incabloc shock protection.
Case: 42mm machined from historic reclaimed rail. Each individual case is oxidized to create a one-of-a-kind look then coated in a ceramic to avoid future oxidization.
Caseback: Machined from historic reclaimed rail and secured by 4 stainless steel screws. Each individual caseback is oxidized to create a one-of-a-kind look then coated in a ceramic to avoid future oxidization.
Dial: Machined from historic reclaimed rail and coated in cerakote to avoid any oxidization.
Hands: White hour and minute hands with luminescence. White second hand.
Front Crystal: Sapphire.
Back Crystal: Sapphire.
Water Resistance: 5ATM.
Band: Hand-made Natural 20mm Hermann Oak leather. 18mm steel buckle. 115/75 mm
Packaging: Handmade wood box made from reclaimed wood.
Warranty: 2 Years.
Build Time: Ships in 3-5 weeks
Love Time: Approx forever.
Most watches lack soul…
...so at NOVO we've developed a process of infusing meaningful memorabilia into a unique timepiece that will tell a story for generations.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to build a custom railroad watch?
Depending on the queue between 4-6 weeks
How are you better than other companies?
We’re not! We’re different. Our focus isn’t on mass producing anything. Our focus is transferring a story to our customer’s wrist or pocket.
What movement do you use for your railroad watches?
We use a Swiss ETA 6498-1 for our watches.
What can I expect when I receive my watch?
An absolutely stunning timepiece that tells a story you connect to.
What do you mean “most watches lack soul”?
Mass-produced products lose the individuality and personality that hand-crafted watches exude. While mass-produced pieces are great for marking important moments in life, our hand-crafted watches infuse the actual memorabilia representing meaningful moments and bring with them character that’s impossible to replicate.
One Of One
We 100% guaranteed that no one else will have a watch like yours.
Infused with history you can really feel.
History takes on a new meaning when you can hold it in your hand.
PASS IT ON
Each timepiece is crafted to last for lifetimes and tell your story for generations. It’s a legacy built for your wrist.
We Would Love To Work With You!
If you have any questions about our timepieces, processes or anything else feel free to email us! I’d love to work with you.