Your Guide To American-Made Watches

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Your Guide To American-Made Watches

Postby koimaster » June 21st 2017, 3:37pm

This guide is sponsored by Esslinger.com. Esslinger has provided parts, tools and supplies to watchmakers since 1923 and plays a front lines role in the resurgence of American Watchmaking.






Watches have long been a tradition of style, function and legacy. Not so long in our distant past, the United States led innovation and craftsmanship in watchmaking. By the turn of the century though, the days of a booming American watch industry felt like distant past. That was until a brand new wave of perfection obsessed watchmakers began to bring mastery and style together to rekindle the American tradition of telling time. This guide is a tribute to the unexpected comeback of American made watches and the brands that are bringing them home.

The first seven brands listed here represent American purist watchmakers who strive to make every component in their pieces here at home. Most of them still source movements from Europe but the pursuit of a 100% American Made watch is a part of their ethos.

In addition to these seven brands we’ve also included 5 of our favorite “American Built” watch brands. Each of these companies is based in the USA and sources a mix of USA and globally made components for their pieces.


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Re: Your Guide To American-Made Watches

Postby foghorn » June 21st 2017, 3:53pm

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Re: Your Guide To American-Made Watches

Postby biglove » June 21st 2017, 7:05pm

Only 100% American designed, manufactured and assembled is RGM. And that's why they cost so damned much.

The rest are as American as GM, which is to say, they really aren't.
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Re: Your Guide To American-Made Watches

Postby PiningforElgin » July 3rd 2017, 8:00am

I think Weiss is becoming American too with their newer movements. Vortic uses American made albeit recycled movements but they should count. Keaton Myrick also makes his own movement doesn't he?

A watch company using an ETA or Miyota inside are not fully American of course, but do employ some American workers so that's some benefit. I heard Shinola is coming up with automatic offerings with a Swiss movement too also. Hope they employ Americans to assemble the movement kits. American watch? Kind of/hardly. American workers? Good thing
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Re: Your Guide To American-Made Watches

Postby TemerityB » July 3rd 2017, 8:49am

Goes in many ways, this "Made In" thing. Of late, I'm starting to get enamored with Junkers, and every one of their watches states "Made In Germany" on their dials - yet virtually all their offerings pack Swiss or Japanese movements. So they're made in Germany, but they aren't. The key is to research before buying, and if the components and workmanship meet your own quality standards, it's for you.
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Re: Your Guide To American-Made Watches

Postby koimaster » July 3rd 2017, 10:05am

Watches from U.S.-Based Companies

Just in time to celebrate America’s birthday, we’ve gathered timepieces from fourteen watch companies based in the United States. The number of such companies currently designing and distributing wristwatches has expanded dramatically in recent years as so many more Americans discover the satisfaction of collecting and owning well-made timepieces. While many of these firms source their components or entire pieces overseas, more than a few now assemble their watches domestically. A precious few watchmakers are wholeheartedly working to increase their in-house manufacturing abilities, and we are seeing a slight uptick in such activity.

With this relatively short list (there are scores of U.S.-based watchmaking companies) we hope we inspire you to make a patriotic gesture as you seek your next wristwatch.


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