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Minuteman Watches: Call To Arms.

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.

Regards,

Paul

Minuteman Wants Your Input on New Watches

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 minutemanwatch@frontier.com and let them know which ones you like most.

Regards, Kathy

10 Can’t-Miss Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her: Made in America by Shinola

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.ShinolaToteThe 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.
CoatThis 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.

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Check out the wide variety of American-Made Watches. You’re sure to find one that fits her style.Shinola_crossbodyThis beautiful Accordion Crossbody Bag is made with Horween leather and available in multiple colors. To see all bags, go here.HiddenHeartThe Hidden Message Heart Pendant looks like a simple cylinder, until she sees the secret heart shape on the bottom.Shinola_Journal

High quality journals are available in multiple shapes and sizes.

WomensBicycleThe cruiser-style Bixby Bicycle will have her sitting pretty.LeatherBraceletThis wide Leather Bracelet will go well with multiple casual outfits.Stacking_RingThe 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 goldShinola_Jar

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.

 

Last Round for Made-in-USA Muhammed Ali Watch

AliWatch1Shinola is about to end production of the Muhammed Ali Watch, which is the third limited-edition timepiece in what they call their “Great Americans” series.  An exact date has not been given, but if you’re interested in this great-looking watch, this would probably be the time to act.

One of the things we liked about this watch is that is was brought to life in partnership with the Muhammed Ali Center in Louisville and part of the proceeds are being donated there.Watch-PackagingphotographsShinola put together a really nice presentation package for this watch, complete with three signed Thomas Hoepker prints of Ali.
Wright_FordWatchesThe already-retired watches in the Great American series are theWatches inspired by Hentry Ford and the Wright Brothers are already retired.