True American manufacturing is more appealing than ever before, and it's incredibly refreshing to see small domestic companies bringing manufacturing previously dominated by foreign markets to the states and doing the craft justice.
Cameron Weiss, a watchmaker based in Los Angeles, CA set out to do just that--bring as much of the art and craft of watchmaking to the United States as possible and do it do the standards that we've come to expect from a product proudly wearing the "Made in the USA" badge. Things look awfully promising for the Weiss Watch Company.
The Weiss Watch Company is currently the only watchmaker in the United States that is designing, engineering, and manufacturing their own cases and dials, as well as finishing each mechanical movement by hand. Their Standard Issue Field Watch is nearly entirely crafted in the United States, with only the mechanical movement and the hands being manufactured in Switzerland. Weiss does, however, have plans to soon bring the production of these parts in the United States, which will mark a meaningful milestone for Weiss and the art of watchmaking, as there are currently no domestic mechanical movement manufacturers.
The watch itself is beautifully understated, with a classic design and a very wearable size that make it fit for just about any occasion. It's a rugged style, but without compromising on clean and professional cues. In short, wear it with anything and it will look stunning. The movement base is a Swiss Unitas 6497 hand-wind movement that is highly respected, and is beautifully hand-finished by Weiss in Los Angeles.
The Standard Issue Field Watch is available with either a black or white dial, and a number of different canvas or leather strap options. Because of the hand-made nature of the watch, there is a 6-8 week lead time on new orders, but a watch like this is well worth the wait. Weiss is breaking new ground in the world of watchmaking, and I'm incredibly excited to see what the future holds for the craft in the United States.
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