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A few months ago my wife bought me my first watch. It was a Kobold and it was important to me because I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Since then I've also picked up a Detroit Watch Co 1701 from a great WUS member. And all the while I went a little overboard researching American watch companies. :) So, I'm sharing that research with you in the table below. My goal was to understand who in America is producing watches, not just designing them and then having them produced and assembled in other countries. Not that I don't like our friends overseas. ;-) To get on this list I had a couple rules for myself:
- The company had to manufacture parts or do final assembly in the US
- The company had to sell their watches to the public; not strictly sell on-demand or bespoke
- I didn't include kickstarter, indigogo or other pre-launch companies
- I had to find some evidence of their US manufacturing by searching the web; I may go back and send communications to companies where I couldn't verify the data easily

Here's what I have so far
Company NameHQFoundedUS MovementUS CaseUS AssemblyPrimary MovementsPrice RangeComments
Brooklyn WatchesNew York, NY2009NoVariesYesUnitas$900 - $2000Not to be confused with Brooklyn Watch Co.
Detroit Watch CompanyDetroit, MI2013NoNoYesMiyota, Sellita$800 - $1,300
DevonLos Angeles, CA2010?Yes?YesDevon$10,000 - $25,00080% produced in US
HexaTampa Bay, FL2011No?YesTime Module$425 - $800Manufactured by Weigand; Still in business?
Keaton P. MyrickSisters, OR2009?YesNoYesIn-House$21,500+
Kobold Expedition ToolsPittsburgh, PA1998NoYesYesETA, Ronda$1,400 - $16,500
Lum-TecMentor, OH2007NoFinished*YesMiyota, ETA,SII,Ronda$400 - $1,700Owned by Weigand Custom Watch; family owners. *Case blanks forged overseas and then machined, finished and coated in the US.
MarteneroNew York, NY2014NoNoYesMiyota$500
Minuteman Watch CompanyChenoa, IL2012NoNoYesETA$300 - $500Donates portion of profit to veterans charities
MKIIWayne, PA2002No?YesETA, Soprod$900 - $2000
Montana Watch CompanyLivingston, MT1998NoYesYesETA$3,200 - $26,000
MTM Special OpsLos Angeles, CA?No?Yes"Swiss"$600 - $2000
NiallKansas City, MO2014NoYesYesETA / Selitta$4,000
RGM Watch CompanyLancaster, PA1992YesYesYesIn-House, ETA$2,300 - $95,000Only watch company that can currently claim "Made in America"?
RpaigeHonolulu, HI2012YesNoYesVarious$1,800 - $3,400Movements from US-made pocketwatches
ShinolaDetroit, MI2011NoNoYesArgonite (Ronda)$475 - $1,500Owned by Bedrock (Texas); Argonite is assembled in US using Ronda (515?) components; also makes Filson watches
Smith & BradleySidney, IL2012NoYesYesRonda, ETA$400 - $1100US case manufacture confirmed via email
Thomas GrefTucson, AZ?No?YesETA$800 - $2,600
ThroneNew York, NY2014NoNoYesRonda$500
Timemachinist WatchJuneau, AK2011NoYesYesMiyota$1700 - $2400Only non-US component is the movement
Towson Watch CompanyTowson, MD2000NoNoYesETA$2,000 - $13,500
VorticFort Collins, CO2014YesYesYesVarious$1,300 - $1,600Movements from US-made pocketwatches
Weiss Watch CompanyLos Angeles, CA2013NoYesYesETA$1,000 - $1,300
Wilson Watch WorksWilson, NC2008NoNoYesETA, Seagull$600 - $5,000

In the case of US movements and cases I marked these fields "Yes" if the company offered the option, not necessarily if they included a US movement or case in every watch they sold. Price ranges are approximate as of April 2015. As for cases, this is a grey zone. It turns out that some companies have their cases molded/forged off-shore and then do the final machining/finishing and coating in the US. I'm not sure it's the best criteria to have in the chart so take it for what it's worth. It's hard to tell from publicly available information how much of the case work is done in the US.

There are some US-based companies that I found that I didn't include on this list. I didn't include them because I couldn't find enough evidence of US-based manufacture or assembly.

  • Equipe
  • MTM Special Ops
  • Bozeman Watch Company
  • Android
  • Deep Blue
  • Xetum
  • Torgoen
  • Stanton Watch Company
  • Hager
  • Refined Hardware
  • ... and any "old" company that is now just a US brand (e.g. Hamilton, Ball)

If I missed a company please post it in the comments and I'll research it then update the list. If you have any more info to fill in the gaps where there's a question mark please let me know.
 

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I thought MTM Special Ops is based in France?
 

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@yankeexpress The short answer is time. I just didn't feel motivated enough to sort through all the startups on kickstarter, indigogo and any other crowdfunding site. Plus, many of them won't reach their funding goals and those that do haven't yet produced a product. So I figured I would start with established companies where people could, today, go buy a watch. But yeah, it would actually be pretty cool to have a list of those startups. Are you volunteering? :)

Also, added MKII, MTM and Hexa.
 

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Very useful and well organized information.

I wasn't aware Shinola was in house. That's interesting.
 

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Very useful and well organized information.

I wasn't aware Shinola was in house. That's interesting.
I thought they used Swiss Ronda movements that were assembled in the U.S.?

This is a great list, by the way.
 

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Thanks, this is great! May I suggest another column for fully "Made in America?" Apparently RGM is still the only one who can claim that designation. The others get, at least, some movement parts from elsewhere.
 

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@sleepyhead123 To my knowledge Shinola imports all the parts from Ronda and then does the movement assembly in the US. They then call that their Argonite movement.
 

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@zachste Thanks for the tip! I emailed them to find out if they do their assembly in the US.

@hanshananigan I added it to the RGM line in the comments field. Given that none of the other watch makers can claim this, as far as I know, it felt a little weird giving one of the companies their very own column. :)
 
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