Texas-based watchmaker Tockr has teamed up with The Battleship Texas Foundation to produce a series of watches made in part with salvaged material from the historic USS Texas.
50% of the profits from the Tockr USS Texas will go to the foundation to help finance the costly restoration of the famed dreadnought.
Built in 1912 and commissioned in 1914, The USS Texas, also known as the “Mighty T,” is as old as The Titanic and was once the most powerful battleship in the world.
Since1948 it has served as a memorial museum, welcoming generations of Texans and visitors from abroad to walk her decks, tour her passageways, and explore a piece of our national history.
Tockr founder Austin Ivey said of the partnership: “I have fond memories of walking the decks of the USS Texas growing up. When I heard that funds were needed to help restore the Mighty T, the Tockr team and I immediately wanted to help. We are always proud to partner with organizations like The Battleship Texas Foundation whose work preserves and honors our nation’s military history.
“By donating over fifty percent of the proceeds from each Tockr USS Texas watch sale, I’m proud to support the historic vessel’s restoration for the benefit of future generations.”
Bruce Bramlett, Battleship Texas Foundation executive director, added: “I think this is one of the most interesting, most magical things we’ve done in the eight years I’ve been involved with The Battleship Texas.
“It’s amazing to me that Tockr found a way to incorporate the ship’s original steel into a very nice, fine timepiece. It’s going to be an heirloom, something people can pass down and treasure for a lifetime.”
Each 42mm Tockr USS Texas watch houses a high-grade Swiss quartz movement in a 316L steel case.
The dial features applied luminous indices, a date window, and a luminous silhouette of the battleship, encircled by a portion of the USS Texas herself, while each case back bears engravings of the Battleship Texas Foundation insignia and a unique serial number.
Two USS Texas watch variations will be offered, one with a white dial, pink indices, and white rubber strap and the other with a black dial and coordinated strap.
The first 100 watches in the Tockr USS Texas series will be offered for an introductory price of $799, with the standard retail price being $999.