Shinola has just released the Jim Thorpe Great American Series Runwell Automatic 45mm. This beautiful homage to sports legend Jim Thorpe is part of Shinola’s Great Americans Series, limited-edition products honoring those that have made tremendous impacts throughout American history. A Sac and Fox Nation member, Thorpe was the first Native American to win Olympic gold for the United States. In fact, he won two at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics – one in the classic pentathlon and the other in the decathlon. He also played American football (collegiate and professional), professional baseball, and basketball. Thorpe was known by his Sac and Fox name, Wa-Tho-Huk, or “Bright path the lightning makes as it goes across the sky.”
At 45mm, the Shinola Jim Thorpe is the perfect size to show a more oversized watch on your wrist without being ostentatious. The simplicity of the watch contributes to its elegance, and the old-fashioned crown and blue, cream, and red color scheme feature the colors not only of his Olympic fame but of the Canton Bulldogs, his longtime team. This perfect balance is completed with a traditional, brown stitched padded leather strap that pays homage to vintage footballs. Powered by the Automatic SELLITA SW200-1, the movement, with custom enamel detailing, can be viewed through the exhibition case back window.
Shinola Detroit manufactures its watches in, you guessed it, Detroit. Expect the highest quality at a reasonable price. The watch set includes a felt banner, a playing card, and a booklet celebrating Thorpe’s achievements. You can pick up the Shinola Jim Thorpe American Series Runwell Automatic 45mm online starting at $1750 and show the world your love of classic elegance.
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