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I really like my Shinola. Wearing it today in fact for casual Friday. I don't think you buy a watch like Shinola for it's "movements". At least I don't. This is not something I'm going to be holding onto for 20 years. It's a stylish casual watch that I can where when I'm running around on the weekends. If it gets banged up or stops working after a couple of years, no big deal.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
I really like my Shinola. Wearing it today in fact for casual Friday. I don't think you buy a watch like Shinola for it's "movements". At least I don't. This is not something I'm going to be holding onto for 20 years. It's a stylish casual watch that I can where when I'm running around on the weekends. If it gets banged up or stops working after a couple of years, no big deal.


Glenn, they have found an audience it seems as a fashion watch for sure, and interesting how they and Fossil ( same ownership/ holding company) are separating their brand from other quartz watches.

I really thought Shinola would move towards thermocompensated quartz to help justify their cost.

I saw several handsome Shinola watches in Santa Fe recently.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
The original alligator strap for my IWC pilot was getting worn out so I visited the local IWC store and swapped for a kevlar strap. Gives it a much more sporty look which works better for me as a daily watch.

IWC store is a dangerous place to visit. Lots of cool stuff in there.


Glenn, I hope you like it. Are they comfortable at first, or need breaking in?

ANY fine timepiece store is indeed dangerous. Wink
For fans of American made timepieces, the closest by far currently ( sorry Shinola) is Weiss Watch Company. I received an email from them yesterday that they are making their own movement for a release late this year or 1Q next year. Their first release will be a limited release watch.

They are already making their own cases, dails, spring bar tools and buckles.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
For fans of American made timepieces, the closest by far currently ( sorry Shinola) is Weiss Watch Company. I received an email from them yesterday that they are making their own movement for a release late this year or 1Q next year. Their first release will be a limited release watch.

They are already making their own cases, dails, spring bar tools and buckles.
Weiss is out of LA. Making some cool looking stuff. Different price point than Shinola so I would expect a different level of quality.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
For fans of American made timepieces, the closest by far currently ( sorry Shinola) is Weiss Watch Company. I received an email from them yesterday that they are making their own movement for a release late this year or 1Q next year. Their first release will be a limited release watch.

They are already making their own cases, dails, spring bar tools and buckles.
Weiss is out of LA. Making some cool looking stuff. Different price point than Shinola so I would expect a different level of quality.


Glenn, LA indeed. Cameron trained in Wostep ( enough said) then went to work for Vacheron Constantin before starting his own firm. He is a serious and talented watchmaker worthy of attention.

He is interested in true horology more than the strictly wealthy collector.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Their flieger has been my 'next watch' for a few years now. Kids & houses keep interupting this plan. Im also a fan of the archimede, but prefer the stowa.


Well vinoevelo, kids never go away completely ( Wink) but house payments do go away after 15-20 years.

Sometimes you just have to say .. screw it and go for it! Big Grin
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
Just got back my Rolex that belonged to my dad: it needed a good service after all these years. After a replaced crystal and bezel, it looks brand new. Also waiting for my AP Star Wheel to come back from the same watchmaker. It's still my favourite time piece. I wore the Sea Master down south for the wedding since I needed something to snorkel and dive with.



Bro, funny you mention Rolex & Dad. I had a Rolex once, but sold it within a year. Every time I wore it, I just thought of my Dad's generation. I think the same thing about Cadillac, Lincoln, Hart Schaffner Marx et al... my Dad's generation. Big Grin

If my Dad had left me a watch, I would cherish it as I know you do. I'm excited you are getting your Piguet serviced. This is truly one of the great watches in the world, period. ( envy!)

See you soon.


Okay, full disclosure... I may be becoming my Dad's generation. Big Grin

I went to pick up a ring my wife was getting work done on and saw a watch that caught my eye. I tried it on and then bought it. I was even shaking my head, much less my wife.

Bought the Rolex Datejust II black Roman dial with a smooth bezel. I really think it was the smooth bezel that caught my eye. Very clean juxtaposed against the Roman dial.

All this and I have a ' young' man in one of my wine groups pushing me to test drive a Cadillac something something like he owns. Cool
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Originally posted by GlennK:
I really like my Shinola. Wearing it today in fact for casual Friday. I don't think you buy a watch like Shinola for it's "movements". At least I don't. This is not something I'm going to be holding onto for 20 years. It's a stylish casual watch that I can where when I'm running around on the weekends. If it gets banged up or stops working after a couple of years, no big deal.


Got my wife a Shinola for Christmas, she loves it. Thinking of picking myself up one as an every day watch. Disappointed to hear they are not all-American, but as stated, they do a lot for Detroit and the area, so I'll continue to support.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
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Originally posted by GlennK:
I really like my Shinola. Wearing it today in fact for casual Friday. I don't think you buy a watch like Shinola for it's "movements". At least I don't. This is not something I'm going to be holding onto for 20 years. It's a stylish casual watch that I can where when I'm running around on the weekends. If it gets banged up or stops working after a couple of years, no big deal.


Got my wife a Shinola for Christmas, she loves it. Thinking of picking myself up one as an every day watch. Disappointed to hear they are not all-American, but as stated, they do a lot for Detroit and the area, so I'll continue to support.


Shinola has found a place in the casual fashion watch market for sure. I'm not sure if I ever posted here or not, but I too bought one of their watches, the Brakeman Chrono.

There was a time America was serious in watchmaking, but that was 3-4 generations ago. There is momentum currently of America becoming a serious manufacturer once again. RGM I think is the leader with others like Hagar, Kobold, Oak & Oscar, Shinola and Weiss all finding their place.

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