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Made in USA watches:

I just want to make people clear, the only actual watch made in the USA is RGM watches and that is only a few of his models are made here, the rest are imported and assembled here in the USA.

Shinola Watch Company - The Detroit company started out stating they were going to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. They import their parts from Switzerland as well and assemble them here just like Belair. But, then they started getting into other products like bicycles, leather goods & more and now I think they have taken their focus off of manufacturing. I got one of their watches in for repair and when I opened the case back it was stamped "Made in China" So this means they are saying they are an American Company using Swiss Movements they are not telling you they are using watch cases from China. Hopefully they will get out of this practice.

 

Hamilton Watch Company - The company is also based here in the U.S. and actually used to make their watches here but over the years have stopped and just imported their watches. In 1974 Hamilton sold out to the Swatch Watch Group in Switzerland. Still keeping their headquarters here in the U.S. but they are actually a Swiss Company.

 

Some other watch companies have popped up stating they are made in the USA. I assure you, they are assembled here but the parts are actually made elsewhere.

Swatch Group of Switzerland own the following watch and jewelry brands:

 

Prestige and Luxury Brands: Breguet, Harry Winston, Blancpain, Glashütte Original, Jaquet Droz, Léon Hatot, Omega.


High Brands: Longines, Rado, Union Glashütte.


Middle Brands: Tissot, Balmain, Certina, Mido, Hamilton; Calvin Klein watches + jewelry.
 

Basic Brands: Swatch, Flik Flak. 

 

The Swatch Group, Rolex and Citizen is also not complying with the U.S. laws and is starting to phase out some of their watch parts and eventually will phase out all parts for their watch brands. Rolex was the first watch company to stop selling parts in the U.S. and was taken to court by the American Watchmakers & Clockmakers Institute. They were ordered to sell their parts if they were going to sell their product in the U.S. but after time they went back to not selling their parts. There are still ways around thing to get parts and the generic parts have really stepped up and started making quality parts for these watches now that they know the companies are not playing fair. These companies are certainly glad to take your American money when you buy their watch but they don't want to supply America with their parts. They hope that you send your watch back to them so they have a monopoly in the business. Most of them quote a repair price that is so high that you could just about buy a new watch for the price of getting your old one fixed. This is what they are hoping for. Don't fall for it, bring it to The Watch Doctor and get a price before giving in to their high prices and long repair time.

 

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