Thank you for taking the time to put this post together.Or you could be an adult post the reply to better the community and clear up misinformation.
As far as being "in the USA but not really"....based off his Reddit AMA:
"We are manufacturing the CAL 1003 movement in our LA studio, and the majority of the components are machined at our facility. We manufacture the balance wheel and escapement. They are currently designed by us and we subcontract the cutting locally. We will soon be adding a new machine to aid in this process. I never want to be dependent on just one machine or just one supplier. That way we have a more dependable supply chain and have multiple vendor options to go to if we need it. The escapement includes jewels, and we currently do not manufacture those, or the hairspring"
"We've had an open line of communication with the FTC during the planning stages of the new CAL 1003 movement to make sure we satisfied the claim for USA made. In speaking with the FTC they shared with us how important it is for the public to feel confident about whether or not the product you are making is properly represented. The FTC feels the new CAL 1003 is accurately labeled and the reason we are manufacturing it the way we are is because of their direct feedback. The Made in USA label is important to me. It is the strongest origin claim for any product globally. Weiss is one of the few American watch companies out there and the basis behind our development and growth is to make products here in the United States and use the USA made label within our industry. We're making great progress."
When asked about the infamous FTC letter:
"The FTC issues letters only after there is an investigation. With the new CAL 1003 we have proactively engaged the FTC to ensure transparency and compliance in regards to labeling and marketing of our new timepiece. The Swiss content in our CAL 1003 movement is considered negligible by FTC standards and is virtually all USA made, which allows us to use the USA made label."
My takeaways with dealing with his company are that his wife was a pleasure to work with, he was very responsive to questions, and they followed through with their promises. The entire process was a pleasure. The watch itself has been wonderful and like I said, consistent with expectations of watches in that price range. Honestly, I'd love a list of what is made in house, what is contracted out, and what is sourced from overseas. As far as I can tell they used to supply that information so it would only help in threads like these. Hopefully the company starts publishing more content on the matter if for any other reason than it's interesting.
As you said, for a watch enthusiast (particularly one who lives in LA) this is just plain interesting ... for all the thousands of threads on WUS, I find it disheartening that there is so little interest in Cameron Weiss and his Cal 1003 movement, not to mention his other excellent and (relatively) affordable Swiss-powered watches.
And yes, Whitney is great ... I emailed after ordering the Cal 1005 to change my strap choice, and she actually called me back and we had a nice chat.
Great company, great watch.