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The Coalbanks - Barrow 1885 RR Edition

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You are looking at a piece of history repurposed for your wrist. This manually wound timepiece is made from 132 year old train track pried from the hillside of our hometown, Lethbridge, Alberta. This durable steel, manufactured by Barrow Hematite Steel Company in 1885, 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 Barrow Hematite Steel Company was a major iron and steel producer in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire (now Cumbria), England, between 1859 and 1963. At the turn of the 20th-century and the technological revolution it operated the largest steel mill in the world.

Their quality steel rail now functions as the dial, case and caseback of our hand built and individually numbered timepiece. The strap is made from none other than Hermann Oak leather from one of the finest tanneries in the USA. This edition is packaged in a Canadian-made wood box. 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.


  • Movement: ETA 6498-1
  • Edition: Limited Edition of 5, individual numbered pieces x/5.
  • Functions: Manually wound, 18,000 beats/hour, 46 hour power reserve, hours, minutes, sweeping second hand at the 5, incabloc shock protection.
  • Case: Historical 132 year old 1080 High Magnese Steel, 42mm dial (not including crown), 9.6mm height.
  • Caseback: Historical 132 year old 1080 High Magnese Steel, secured by 4 stainless steel screws.
  • Dial: Machined Historical 132 year old 1080 High Magnese Steel from the Barrow railroad track. 
  • Finishing: The case and caseback are aged and oxidized to create a patina that is unlike anything produced today. Each finish comes out differently and is guaranteed to be completely unique.
  • Hands: White hour and minute hands with luminescence. Black second hand.
  • Front Crystal: Sapphire
  • Back Crystal: Sapphire
  • Water Resistance: 5ATM
  • Band: Natural 20mm Hermann Oak leather. 18mm steel buckle. 115/75 mm
  • Packaging: Reclaimed barnwood reclaimed for our watches.
  • Warranty: 2 Year Warranty
  • Guarantee: We offer a one week compliment guarantee. If someone doesn’t love your watch within one week of wearing it…you’ve probably never left your house.
  • Build Time: Approx 4-6 weeks.
  • Love Time: Approx forever.
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Railway Steel steel

My name is Steve and I make watches. I have been a watch fanatic for as long as I can remember and absolutely love that I get to craft beautiful pieces of art as my job! I believe in doing what I love and always being inspired, which is why the focus of my timepieces are a little more unique.

My products are hand crafted in small batches using reclaimed material that tells a story. They’re designed to reflect the history and culture from which they came. I like to think I create some of the worlds most beautiful and storied timepieces.



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