RGM (their own movement [based on Unitas], but they do outsource cases, etc. - I think they now do their own dials) and Sedona WatchWorks (everything except the ETA movement made by him).Does any company exist which produces American made, high quality watches?
Yes, a pity the Heritage was lost.It used to be that American made time pieces were the best the world had to offer and Swiss time pieces were of shoddy and questionable quality... kind of like how we consider Chinese time pieces now.
i would phrase it - The first Marine Cronometer. Full stop.I believe the English made the first reliable Marine Chronometer
And, the Japanese perfected the "industrialized manufacture" of the watch movement (Seiko, especially) :-di would phrase it - The first Marine Cronometer. Full stop.
Mr Harrison spent his life designing,making and perfecting .
As a result, the British Navy could navigate properly.
But the US manufacturers took the "Handmade" part out of movement making. And by industrialising the manufacturing, they produced highly accurate, affordable watches (PW).
:-! The story of one-man-upship continues ... perhaps the Swiss will have the last laugh after all (or will the Chinese throw a wrench in the Swiss works)?The Yankees did it in the late 1800.
Japanese maybe later? I think, anyway.
think about this:
The US buggered up the Swiss cottage watch making. The Swiss learned a lesson, built them the US way, and with clever advertising buggered the US back.
Then came the Japanese, they started producing super precice quartz watches and basically killed the Swiss.
The Swiss brought in Fashion, recouped some of the sales, and now sell well, making watches in a highly Automated way (as the US did 100 years before), but now also bringing in some "handmade" values.
Not sure about that. In any way, they had to be stationary to be accurate.http://www.thepurists.com/watch/features/interviews/LothOct02/index.html
(British) Graham is credited with the first chronograph by some knowledgable sources, it looks like.