Got this email today from Bozeman. Thought I would share as some interesting info on their new GMT version of the Smokejumper and company info. I am liking this company more and more. Cheers. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: John Tarver Bailey Bozeman Watch Company 406.585.0062 (v) 406.585.0064 (f) [email protected] www.bozemanwatch.com Official Timepiece of National Smokejumper Association and Successor to SmokeJumper Chronograph, the SmokeJumper GMT on the Horizon. There is a new fire raging in the mountains of Montana, though this fire will bring no harm to our beloved wilderness or precious property. The Bozeman Watch Company, a supporter and friend to the Missoula, Montana-based National Smokejumper Association has sparked up the successor watch to their very first model ever, the SmokeJumper Chronograph. Like the original, the SmokeJumper GMT was inspired by America's airborne firefighters in the National Smokejumper Association - those who risk it all to preserve life, save property, and protect our national forests. The new model stays loyal to the original SmokeJumper design and also maintains the robust and rugged aviation lineage which was at the heart of the Chrono quickly selling out of the 100 total numbered pieces originally made. With a big grin on his face, Christopher Wardle CEO of the Bozeman Watch Company says, "it's funny looking back to the day when we opened our showroom with five total display cases and each case held a SmokeJumper with a different style bracelet or strap. We laughed with our clients as we walked through our showroom and would lightly joke and say, 'here again we have a SmokeJumper with a tan saddle leather strap, and here is the SmokeJumper with the stainless bracelet...' We only had one watch model spread out in each showcase, so perhaps it was our ability to laugh at our own situation that may have sold the client on the true spirit of our company. We really just didn't want to make a mistake in manufacturing that would affect multiple models and as it turned out our design and engineering math was spot on. Our clients have constantly communicated how many compliments they receive and we rarely see one in our service area, so we know we did something right." Unlike its predecessor, the Smokejumper GMT Worldtime comes in two different dial colors, both silver and black and uses enamel and super luminescent differently to accent the functions on each of the dials. The GMT, or second time zone function, especially valuable to travelers since the second time function can maintain the time in a commonly visited city, state or country is simple to read and understand. In addition, the company has added a world time function on a secondary, sloped bezel located under the crystal which has each of the 24 cities that represent the 24 different world time zones. This bezel can be turned individually with a second crown located at the 10 o'clock position. It simply allows an individual to tell what time it is anywhere in the world based on matching the 24 hour hand to the city that they have set as the watch's second time zone. Engraved on the back of the case is the logo of the Missoula, Montana "Zuli Company" smokejumper base bears the endorsement of the National Smokejumper Association. In today's down economy, The Bozeman Watch Company is the only manufacturer known to have increased its technical staff and to employ WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training & Educational Program) degreed production staff here on U.S. soil, and the Bozeman Watch Company is expanding its technical space and equipment at its Bozeman facility in preparation for expanded production in 2009. Other new models being released in 2009 include the SnowMaster Telemetric, the Cliffhanger Retrograde, the Herradura and the TimeCraft. The Bozeman Watch Company currently is the only American manufacturer which sends each of its mechanical movements to Geneva for official chronometer certification by the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres), ensuring all of the 2009 additions to the company's "Montana Class Watch Collection" meet the highest accuracy standards in the mechanical watchmaking industry. For more information on the Bozeman Watch Company or its new products please contact John Tarver Bailey at 406.585.0062 or [email protected].