Posted on 24 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
American watches have been popping up more and more on the site, some by design and some by accident. The Weiss Watch Standard Issue is one of those accidental finds, something I came across while checking out site dedicated to cool toys for guys. The fact that is it is assembles in Los Angeles, a few miles from where I write this and the city where I grew up, is a bonus in my eyes. I am a fan of clean, readable designs with interesting touches, so this watch really ticks off the right boxes for me.
Off the bat, the watch is driven by an ETA Unitas 6497, a hand wound movement, decorated by Weiss prior to assembly. The brand describes the movement as based on the 6497 and “finished and assembled in Los Angeles, California from Swiss parts.” The brand is calling it Weiss Watch Company Caliber 1001, but I like the Swiss pedigree of the movement. The decoration is fairly simple but attractive, and the exhibition caseback shows it off nicely. The 4 hex screws are used to secure the caseback, lending another small by distinctive touch to the watch.
Up front, there is a sword style handset that harkens to a Flieger style, which is reinforced by the markings, giving it the distinctive military feel without really putting it in the pilot watch category. A sub-dial for seconds is at 9:00, very readable, and there is no date, which I like more and more. Two options are offered, a white and a black dial version, both a green canvass strap (options are available for leather or other colors of canvass).
The two models are otherwise identical, with 42mm diameter cases, 12.8 mm tall. The front and caseback crystals are sapphire, with the front crystal double domed, another nice touch that gives a vintage feel in a modern watch. Weiss is taking pre-orders now with anticipated delivery at the end of July, so you may not have to wait long for yours. weisswatchcompany.com
- Brand & Model: Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue
- Price: $950
- Who we think it might be for: Anyone looking for a clean military inspired design.
- Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: Yes, I think it really works well.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: I like it as is.
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The clean design and the hand wound movement.
Posted on 07 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
Christopher Ward is a watchmaker that gets a fair bit of space on our pages. Not because they pay us, or advertise on the site, but because they make really nice watches and sells them at affordable price points. I have one, a friend of mine has one, and I am pretty sure Patrick has one. But all of these have someone else’s watch movement ticking away beneath the attractive design. Well, CW just changed the equation. The C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic houses the brand’s first in-house movement, boasting a (you guessed it) 5 day power reserve. Continue Reading
Posted on 30 June 2014 by Patrick Kansa
We’re on a bit of a Lew & Huey streak here, coveringquite a few of their watches. We’ve also been fortunate to be in a unique position with the brand, being able to spend time with prototypes (and, eventually, the production version) of their watches. Given that, we’re able to give you a hands-on take on their latest project – the Lew & Huey Cerberus.
Posted on 26 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
A lot of smart watches I see try to be everything. Email, facebook posts, texts, weather, and so on and so on. They are not watches in a traditional sense, but rather wearable computers that display the time. Today, I wanted to highlight two purpose driven watches that are more “connected” watches than a “do everything” wearable. The HotBlack by Hoptroff.com and the Withings Activé are connected devices designed to do a single task, with the former connecting you to your favorite football (soccer) team and the latter tracking your daily fitness goals. Interestingly, both watches are coming out of the UK. Continue Reading
Posted on 29 May 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
Both Patrick and I are fans of Christopher Ward. And we both like dive watches. But as a diver, I see the days of needing a dive watch as long gone. But the ruggedness of a dive watch, that is something which should stick around. And if you take that ruggedness, and tone it down so it works as a true business watch, then you have a nice product for the real world. Which brings me to the Christopher Ward C65 Trident Classic, available as a pre-order right now. Continue Reading
Posted on 13 May 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
Christopher Ward is a name that is well known to the site. My favorite watch that I own is a C11, I am pretty sure Patrick has at least one CW, and a friend of mine recently picked up a dress quartz from the company. With direct sales, quality products, and a broad design appeal, they are a company that I can easy recommend to anyone looking for a watch. Right now, they are accepting pre-orders for the C5 Malvern Slimline, due to ship at the end of June. Continue Reading
Posted on 05 May 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
Magrette is offering fans a chance to order a new watch from them, the Leoncino (Little Lion), an automatic that takes its design cues from the styles of the 60s. The case is a squared off cushion style, with lugs that taper from the edges of the case to the strap. The finish is polished stainless steel (brushed on the sides), perfect to go with bright chrome fenders. The dial, however, that is pure Magrette DNA with a clean modern look. Continue Reading
Posted on 03 April 2014 by Patrick Kansa
We recently got word from our friends over at Hager about their newest watches in the pipeline, along with some pre-order discounts that are available. If you recall, we took a look at their crowd-funded project about a year ago. That project didn’t end up hitting the funding levels, but Hager is back at it with production of affordable watches with clean style and solid movements here in the US of A. Continue Reading