Much of the joy of writing this blog comes from all of the wonderful products we discover and the people behind them. Occasionally we find ourselves getting sad news, like an American manufacturer closing down or struggling.
We received such a notice from the owner of Minuteman Watches, who has found himself in the “struggling” category but will be able to recover with a little more support from the “Buy American” crowd.
Like many people in the American-Made field, Thomas Carey creates his very good-looking watches as a part-time labor of love, while maintaining a full-time job. He has always donated a portion of his profits to veteran groups. To date those funds have supported: The Gary Sinise Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Mercury One, and Fisher House.
I realize that watches are a very personal choice where style sometimes beats functionality and low price often beats quality and workmanship. The purpose of this blog is for us to bring things to your attention that are made/assembled in America and put American people to work. So if you are in the market for a watch, you owe it to yourself to at least check out the offerings from Minuteman. In buying from them, you know that you are supporting a good small business and some important charities.Most of the watches offered by Minuteman feature: double-domed sapphire crystal, screw-down crown, water resistant to 200 meters and a Miyota 9015 automatic mechanical movement.Not many people will ever see the back of your watch but you will know what is there: this is cool graphic of an original Minuteman.You will also find on the site a very nice selection of American-made knives. The Red, White and Blue model shown above features:1/8 inch thick 154CM stainless steel blade, a red white and blue Kirinite handle and a neck sheath made of Kydex.
Minuteman Watches assembles its products in the USA, sourcing its movement and some parts from overseas. What makes the Minuteman watches stand out, in our opinion, is that a percentage of the profits have gone to Veterans since the company was founded.Right now, they are thinking about producing a line of 4-5 cushion type cases. Here are the designs they are currently considering.Want to help out? Email them at email@example.com and let them know which ones you like most.
Our list of Made-in-USA watches is updated and expanded. We now highlight 18 watch brands that are built in America. Have a look.
Shinola has come a long way from its early watch-making days. The company now offers a wide variety of merchandise for men and women, all of it carefully curated and Made in the USA. For Valentine’s Day, they are offering complementary 2-day shipping on orders over $100.
Here are some beautiful gifts for your sweetheart from Shinola.The Medium Shopper Tote in leather, shown here in red, has nickel-plated brass hardware, two inside pockets, and a removable zip pouch. To see all totes, go here.
This Women’s Long Varsity Jacket is a collaboration between Shinola and Golden bear. You’re likely to see versions of this coat keeping workers warm along San Francisco’s waterfront, but this one is longer and tailored for women.
Check out the wide variety of American-Made Watches. You’re sure to find one that fits her style.This beautiful Accordion Crossbody Bag is made with Horween leather and available in multiple colors. To see all bags, go here.The Hidden Message Heart Pendant looks like a simple cylinder, until she sees the secret heart shape on the bottom.
High quality journals are available in multiple shapes and sizes.
The cruiser-style Bixby Bicycle will have her sitting pretty.This wide Leather Bracelet will go well with multiple casual outfits.The Beth Macri Gold Heart Ring is delicate and feminine. It’s a stacking ring, meaning that several can be worn together. It’s handmade in NYC in high polished 14k yellow gold
The Shinola + Inesse Ceramic Squat Jar has a sweet retro vibe. It’s perfect for storing change, earrings or trinkets. Inesse is a small design and production studio in Minneapolis run by ceramic artist, Ben Fiess.