Jim Thorpe Great American Series Runwell Automatic 45mm

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Shinola’s Great Americans Series is a collection of limited-edition products that honor those American icons who’ve helped shape our culture and made a lasting mark on this country’s history. Beautifully crafted by our skilled team of artisans and collaborators, we pay tribute to those who have been a source of inspiration for so many through storytelling, craftsmanship, and design. 

This limited edition 45mm Runwell Automatic is our homage to the greatest athlete in the world: 1912 Olympic Gold Medalist Jim Thorpe. Also known by his Sac and Fox name, Wa-Tho-Huk, or “Bright path the lightning makes as it goes across the sky,” Thorpe was a celebrated pentathlete and decathlete, a professional football, baseball, and basketball player, and a lifelong activist for Native rights who overcame myriad obstacles levied against him due to his Indigenous heritage. 

Thrills were mostly hard work for me - Jim Thorpe quote-image Thrills were mostly hard work for me - Jim Thorpe quote-image
Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe

From track and field
to basketball, lacrosse to Major
League Baseball,
James Wa-Tho-Huk Thorpe
made his mark on every sport
he participated in, both as a
player and as a coach.

Jim Thorpe posing for a picture on an atheltic field Jim Thorpe posing for a picture on an atheltic field

In 1912, the Sac and Fox member made history as the first Native American to win an Olympic gold medal for the United States. 110 years after his victory, the International Olympic Committee finally and fully righted the century-old wrong of stripping his medals for his participation in Minor League Baseball.

The historic record now officially reflects Thorpe as the sole champion of the 1912 Olympic Decathlon and Pentathlon.

Jim Thorpe competing in track and field Jim Thorpe competing in track and field

WA-THO-HUK - A bright Path The Lightning Makes WA-THO-HUK - A bright Path The Lightning Makes

In his life and legacy, Thorpe truly embodies the translation of his name, Wa-Tho-Huk: A Bright Path the Lightning Makes. He remains a thunderous beacon of pride for the Sac and Fox tribe and Americans everywhere who believe in the power of fair play and the love of the game.

Close-up of the Jim Thorpe watch Close-up of the Jim Thorpe watch

Together in collaboration with the Thorpe family, we are proud to present the Jim Thorpe Runwell Automatic, a celebration of the tremendous valor and talent of the greatest athlete the world has yet to see.

To reflect his legacy, the Jim Thorpe Runwell Automatic features the colors not only of his Olympic fame, but of his longtime team, the Canton Bulldogs. The exhibition case back window, with custom enamel detailing, reveals the powerful movement at work. A supple, padded strap pays homage to vintage footballs.

And the story of Thorpe’s life is lovingly rendered through a limited-edition package that includes a felt banner, playing card, and booklet celebrating his achievements.

Close-up backside of the Jim Thorpe watch Close-up backside of the Jim Thorpe watch



Powered by your motion, this Swiss automatic movement drives the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar aperture function. Twenty-six jewels help reduce friction to maintain accuracy, and with a 38-hour power reserve, you can trust this timepiece with your every move.



This 45mm polished stainless steel case features a classic pumpkin crown and double-domed sapphire crystal. The case back is a statement on its own, with an enamel inlay that honors Jim Thorpe’s legacy. A sapphire exhibition window reveals the watch’s workhorse movement and rotor adorned with the signature Shinola bolt.



Red, white, and blue harken to Thorpe’s Olympic achievements. Custom hands and lettering on the dusty blue dial stand out with pride.



A supple leather strap in Bulldog Brown features detailing and stitching reminiscent of vintage leather footballs and padding.



In celebration of Thorpe’s life and achievements, the book-like packaging includes a felt pennant and one-of-a-kind items that will tell Jim Thorpe’s story for years to come.

More Information
SKU 20250978-sdt-012259672
Case Back Plate Signature Iconic Caseback Plate with Laser-Etched Serial Number
Case Size 45mm
Case Thickness 12.09 mm
Dial Color Detail Dusty Blue
Color Blue
Band Material Leather Strap
Strap Width 22mm
Case Material Stainless Steel
Case Plating Stainless Steel
Case Finish Polished
Crown Plating Stainless Steel
Crown Finish Polished
Crown Construction Screw-down
Buckle Size 20mm
Depth Rating 5 ATM
Crystal Double-domed Sapphire
Warranty Click here to view warranty information starting on page 43

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