The Skipjack GMT shines light on the everlasting utility and appeal of innovations from our past.
Named after the Chesapeake Bay’s distinctive sailing vessels that evolved in the late 1800’s as a result of increased demand for oysters and later used to dredge blue crabs into shallow grassy reaches in the bay’s tributaries. In 1985, the Pride II 'Skipjack' was officially named Maryland's State Boat.
Between the two-time-zone GMT complication and its traditional embellishments, the Skipjack tells the story of different moments in time. Like the vessels in the Chesapeake Bay, the symbolic value and utility of Towson’s distinctive GMT will forever be called for. An instrument specifically designed for timeless appeal and everyday use.
Created for those with a sports-oriented lifestyle, wishing to keep time in multiple parts of the world. Providing the ability to operate in two time zones, with an additional hour wheel, hour hand and a separate 24-hour scale. Each hourly correction of the 24-hour hand indicates the next time zone going east.
The Skipjack was first made available to the public in select retailers in 2011. The release of the Skipjack I, available in silver or black, was Towson’s first GMT. Limited to 200 total timepieces. Featuring a cliche guilloche dial with contrasting printed numerals. Engineered, designed and managed by Hartwig Balke.
The traditional two-tone design language was taken from the Mission I with its simple classic Roman numerals and high-polish stainless steel case. Having a 39mm diameter with a 10mm thickness. Powered by the Swiss Made Caliber 2893 automatic movement, assembled, decorated and calibrated in-house by Towson watchmakers. Revealed by a sapphire crystal exhibition case-back. Providing measurements for seconds, date, minute and hours in two separate time-zones.