Jan 28, 2018

Weiss Watch Company

I just posted a poll on the Weiss Watch Standard Issue Field Watch. Weiss is an interesting company that seems committed to building luxury timepieces in the USA. Some parts of their movements are made overseas, but they are working to eventually move more and more manufacturing in-house. I really like the clean and spare look of the watchface. The Standard Issue field watch is their most basic model. But I always think about what economists recommend - "buy the lowest-priced house in a good neighborhood". This watch is by far their lowest-cost piece, but it seems to be well made. It is a mechanical movement only, with no self-winding capability. I grew up near the huge old Waltham Watch Factory outside Boston. It is nice to see Americans building watches again. There are some other companies, but I think Weiss makes some of the best looking pieces.
thumb_up1
4

Add a comment...
What is said of an investment in your post ie real estate in so far as resale and local market driven appreciation does not exactly apply to luxury commodities in this case watches , actually the opposite holds true most of the time, it is almost never a great option to buy the most inexpensive offering from a manufacturer or part of a line, usually you would do well to shoot for their bread and butter product ie better to buy a top of the line fully loaded Toyota Avalon or Camry vs the most inexpensive lux manufacturer model, usually too many compromises made in order to meet a price point or and margin number w the cheapest

Weiss makes cool stuff though , but I would would suggest looking at Origin over in Tennessee http://www.originwatchco.com
https://www.watchreport.com/origin-vintage-field-watch-hands-review/
https://wristwatchreview.com/2017/10/10/origin-watch-co-vintage-field-asks-shinola-who/

A little different flavor but Detroit Watch co has nice designs and from what in have read and heard very good build QC
https://detroitwatchco.com
https://www.ablogtowatch.com/detroit-watch-company-1701-gmt-pontchartrain-watch-review/
http://wornandwound.com/review/detroit-watch-company-m1-woodward-chronograph-review/
Good discussion though I like being able to talk watch shop and m
USA vs usual places 😎
Danbo_de_Piano
Those are good points. In real estate the value of a low-priced house in a ritzy town is a an "expected" reduction in taxes per unit value and the benefits of well-funded fire, police and other municipal government activities. None of these apply with regards to watches. Some brands do sell low-quality goods to fill out the lower part of their market. But in this case, it does not seem that Weiss is doing that. These watches are least expensive because they have fewer features. And they are not really low-priced anyway IMO.
Weiss is kind of what got me interested in watches again, in that I read about the guy in the L.A. Times and got interested in maybe buying one of his hand-winder ETA 6497 field watches. Unfortunately, before pulling the trigger, I found myself directed to Massdrop to buy a mechanical keyboard, and discovered the watch community. I found that I could buy an automatic Seiko for a fraction of the cost of a Weiss, which I did. I got more interested in automatics over hand-winders and discovered that there was an infinite number of companies making them. I had honestly thought that everything was quartz at this point. So unfortunately for Weiss, it wouldn't be how I would spend $1-2,000 at this point, even though I like the "Los Angeles" on the watch face.

Cameron Weiss is starting a new podcast, however, and I'll definitely be listening to that.

He's started a company called Pinion Precision, if I remember correctly, to sell clones of ETA movements to other makers. That may be his real dream, rather than being strictly a watch brand.
Cloaca
I like Seiko too and no one can touch them on value. But there is value too in supporting an infant industry (even if that infant had a vigorous former life). Weiss is making a great business decision selling movements. If he has invested in the equipment and training, he needs to amortize that by making as many as he efficiently can.

It is interesting how Los Angeles has become a significant center for entrepreneurial manufacturing. It underscores a curious feature of history, that cities that are dynamic crossroads of immigration and cultures are often the most fertile economically and innovatively. I have studied the nearly 400 year history of Boston. The city waxed and waned many times and rebuilt itself physically and economically. You can track the up times with either a wave of new immigrants or a major economic shift caused by some major social or technical structural shift.
Add a comment...