Oak & Oscar’s New Watch Is The Timepiece Chicago Deserves

New Yorkers can have their precious “New York minute.”

Here in the Second City, it’s not about how fast you go — it’s about arriving on time, and arriving with dignity.

Just ask local upstarts Oak & Oscar, who just released the Sandford, a genuinely handsome watch of real timekeeping substance, available for your wrist right now.

A follow-up to Oak & Oscar’s first (and quickly thereafter sold-out) watch, the Burnham, the Sandford gets its name from Scottish engineer Sandford Fleming, who’s long been credited for inventing the modern system of standard time.

The new timepiece shares a lot of characteristics with its predecessor. Same elegant matte grey dial. Same stencil-style numerals. Same orange seconds hand with custom counter balance. A watch company without a signature look is no watch company, after all.

At 40mm, it sits slightly smaller than the Burnham’s 42mm size. But the main difference is what’s inside: a Soprod C125 Swiss automatic GMT movement (“the hell’s a GMT?”). Everything’s assembled in Ohio by the horology experts at Lum-Tec and finished off with a Horween leather strap.

Like the Burnham, Oak & Oscar has limited the production of the Sandford to only 300.

Best jump on it now.

Consider it a Chicago minute.