In the winter of 1784, Spain lost a shipload of spare change that would have saved their colonial North American empire. The El Cazador was a brigantine of war, loaded with coins from the Mexico City mint, bound for the port of New Orleans. The precious cargo was desperately needed by the Spanish to help stabilize the money system in their Louisiana territory. When it disappeared, Spain was left no choice but to sell to the French. The rest, as they say, is 5th-grade history. In 1803, Napoleon sold Louisiana to the United States, instantly doubling the size of the country.
With that in mind, wearing this 18th-Century Spanish Silver Reale Timepiece is like wearing a bit of American history. Or to be more precise, two bits. The authentic Spanish coin inside this watch is a 2-Bit Silver Reale, a rare artifact from the late 1700s. While the coin inside this watch isn’t salvaged from the Cazador wreck, it was likely minted in the same places and circulated through colonial America.
Before our nation forged its own currency, it adopted Spanish coins for everyday trade. It may be possible that the rustic silver piece inside your watch passed through the hands of our Founding Fathers. It may have bought Ben Franklin a beer. Or maybe it helped pay for George Washington’s new glasses. Whatever history it’s seen over the last 230 years, it’s future is secure on your wrist.
We set this coin at the center of a uniquely-designed, antique-finished dial inside a gold-layered stainless-steel case. A quartz movement keeps precise time and the watch secures with a croc-embossed, genuine black leather band. Once you wear this historic coin watch, you’ll understand the meaning of time well spent.