Watches are some of the best accessories you can buy. Sure, they don’t serve the functional purpose that they used to, but that doesn’t mean they’re out of style.

A good watch can tie an outfit together. They provide a level of class and sophistication, no matter what the occasion.

America has some of the best watchmakers in the world, and these watches deserve special recognition. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the top seven American made watches of all time.

Choosing The Best Watch For You

Before we get into our top seven best American made watches, here are a couple of considerations you need to make while shopping for a watch.

Your Stylistic Preferences

Budget Considerations

7 Best American Made Watches

Here is our list of the seven best American made watches you can currently purchase.

Mercer is a small watch company out of Princeton, New Jersey. They currently have eight different watch styles, including our top pick: The Mercer Lexington.

This chronograph-style watch comes in three different styles and costs just over $500. Most of the Mercer catalog is around this price, so they’re not intimidating to those who are shopping for an American made watch on a budget.

While we preferred the style of the Lexington, Mercer makes dress, dive, and other styles of watches as well. You’re sure to find a watch you like for a reasonable price within the limited Mercer catalog.

Weiss is one of the better American watch companies out there. They began the watch-making journey in 2013, based out of Los Angeles, California.

The company puts supreme care in crafting their classic timepieces. The designs are simple and elegant and go with nearly every outfit you have in your closet.

Out favorite watch in the Weiss line is the 38mm Standard Issue Field Watch. It comes in five different face and strap styles to offer some degree of customization.

This watch is considerably more expensive than the first option on our list. Some of the styles break the $1,000 mark, but their field watches are some of the best we’ve reviewed.

Devon is another reputable company that specializes in American made watches. Unlike some of the others on this list, Devon timepieces give a glimpse at the complex inner-workings of the mechanical wonder on your wrist.

The Devon Tread 1 is truly a modern watch. The style isn’t for everyone, but a lot of people will love the look of the complex face. You can choose several different belts and metals that best fits the bulk of your outfits.

Devon watches provide some of the most accurate timepieces on the market. Those that enjoy this busy, complex watch design will enjoy what the Tread 1 has to offer.

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Throne Watches is another American company that makes sleek, fashionable watches. Their dress watches perform well and look even better.

Most people don’t go searching for a dress watch because of how well it can tell time. The modern designs of these watches often don’t include numbers and require more than a glance.

Still, Throne Watches offer some of the better-functioning dress watches we’ve seen. We liked the Brooklyn design for the all-black. It fits with most outfits and is something you can build an outfit around.

There are a couple of other options as well, including Los Angeles and Boston styles. Both look great, but we prefer the wide appeal of the Brooklyn version.

Shinola is one of the leading names in American Made watches. The company is based out of Detroit, Michigan and provides some of the biggest catalogs of watches in the country.

The prestige that once came along with a Shinola watch has drifted a bit in recent years, but the company still provides solid, practical, and stylish watch designs that will fit the needs of most consumers.

The 40 MM Canfield Sport is our favorite in the collection. It comes in several different styles - some more lavish than others. These watches near the $1,000 mark, but they aren’t as expensive as some of the other brands we’ve covered.

If the Canfield Sport isn’t for you, we’re sure you’ll find another watch within Shinola’s long list of options.

Vortic prides itself on keeping American watchmaking at a high level, and have championed their American roots with each watch the company creates. 

They always seem to take their watches back to the classic styles, and Railroad Edition is no exception. The watch is made out of refurbished metal from some of America’s storied railroad companies.

As you can expect, the old-school style of these watches means they’re quite large. The numbers are big and easy to read, giving some additional practicality to this watch style.

The look of this watch isn’t going to be for everyone, but there are quite a few people who will be interested in the throwback design and American-made roots. 

One of the reasons we didn’t include this watch a bit earlier was because of the price tag. This is one of the more expensive watches on our list, even if it doesn’t necessarily look the part. A Vortic Railroad Edition watch is going to cost over $2,000.

We’ll get a bit more into the different watch types below, but GMT watches are designed for people who are on the go. You need to be able to keep track of time zones, and GMT watches can help you do just that.

One of our favorite American made GMT watch is the GMT Traveler from Hager. Hager is another American company with deep roots in making stylish, practical watches.

There isn’t as much style versatility with the GMT Traveler as there is with some of the other watches we’ve reviewed, but the bezel does come in several different styles.

Unfortunately, you will have to join the waitlist to receive one of these watches. You won’t be able to order it and receive it within a week or so, which is why this watch rounds off our list.

Which Watch Should You Buy? 

Those who are new to the watch game probably don’t know much about the different styles that are available.

Most of the watches we included in our list come from companies that sell all different kinds of watches. We picked our favorites, but that doesn’t mean you won’t prefer another version that better fits your style.

The watch industry changes a great deal over time as stylistic preferences shift. New brands come up with new ideas and become popular, as classic styles continue to set the standard.

There is a fair bit of blending in the watch industry as well. Brands will incorporate some of the elements of one watch style into another. Still, some general guidelines give you a better understanding of watch styles as a whole.

Ahead, we’ll cover some of the more popular styles of watches so you can get a better idea of your preferences.

Field Watch

Dive Watch

Dress Watch

Luxury Watch

GMT Watches



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