On this Fourth of July we salute American-based watchmakers who continue to forge ahead with new ideas, designs and products. While the vast majority of the watches shown in this excerpted list are not wholly—or even partially—manufactured in the U.S., each is birthed by a spirit of self-determination and ingenuity that is American through and through.
Originally founded in New York City in 1875 as the J. Bulova Company, Bulova is one of the best-known names in American watches. Now a subsidiary of Citizen, the brand is known for its horological innovations, including the Accutron watch. The Accutron II continues to be a mainstay, with its ultra-high frequency quartz movement.
American watchmaker Roland G. Murphy founded the RGM watch company in 1992 in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. Murphy’s forte resides in his deep respect for the traditions of fine watchmaking, which is evident in every piece he crafts.
While the first chronographs bearing the Kobold brand name were produced and assembled in Switzerland, most of today’s models contain US-made components and are assembled in Pittsburgh.
The Fossil Group is an American company with a focus on apparel and accessories, including Fossil watches. The company was founded in Texas, and its roster of brands also includes Zodiac watches.
The original self-powered luminous watch brand developed in the U.S. is the proclaimed watch of choice for the U.S. Navy SEALS and other elite forces and professional divers.
Drawing inspiration from industrial espresso machines, the Brew collection features a special blend of warm, contrasting colors and of brushing effects. Each watch is designed to help its wearer savor the moment.
Jorg Gray was founded in 1998 by Trevor Gnesin, owner of Logomark, a supplier of promotional and gift products. The California-based watch brand offers moderately priced casual, sporty and classic watches.
MTM was founded as a response to the military’s need for dependable, tactical gear. Its timepieces are a blend of cutting-edge design and precise American technology.
When Jimmy Olmes founded Reactor in 2003, he set out to make the best performance sport watch…period. The stainless steel or titanium timepieces feature multiple o-ring seals and watertight screw-down crowns.
Creative director, designer and conceptual artist Scott Devon is at the helm of the LA-based Devon watch brand. The company is dedicated to making innovative products with a distinctly American spirit.
Just as its name implies, Deep Blue, which was founded in 2007, makes innovative watches for diving the depths—from 300 to 3,000 meters—with water resistance and dependability as two of its primary goals.
Martenero is an independent watchmaker based in New York City that produces a limited number of each of its designs. Choose your dial, hand, and strap colors online, and a watch will be built to specifications.
Attention to detail is at the heart of Oak & Oscar, whether it’s the design of the numerals or the shape of the watchcase, with American craftsmanship at the core.
Lum-Tec makes custom and limited edition watches in unique styles and with pioneering luminous application technologies. Each watch is designed and tested in the U. S.
Shinola’s aim is to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. one product at a time. The watches, which are assembled at the brand’s Detroit facility, are each marked Built in Detroit.