Each timepiece is handmade just for you, and to do it right takes some time. If you are ordering one as a gift, please make sure to let us know in the order comments. The watchmaker himself will send a handwritten note to let your special someone know that their timepiece is being hand-crafted just for them.
Cameron Weiss is never satisfied until he has mastered the art of a craft. He is notorious for building and rebuilding to improve upon his last designs, and the same goes for his work designing, engineering, machining, and hand-finishing our classic American Issue Field Watch – CAL 1003. Whether it is watchmaking, woodworking, or building out his camper van, everything Cameron creates holds the knowledge and history of the craft while utilizing modern tools to achieve the greatest precision possible. The American Issue Field Watch – CAL 1003 is the perfect companion for weekdays at the office or workshop followed by a weekend cruising up the coast in a classic car and hiking to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
We begin by machining each individual component from solid bars of metal. Depending on the particular part we are machining, this could be steel, brass, or precious metal, all of which are selected for their long tradition of being used as watchmaking alloys. There are close to 150 pieces in our timepiece, with nearly the entire timepiece being machined and hand-finished under one roof at the Weiss studio. Each of the machined micro-components is then meticulously hand-finished by master watchmaker and founder Cameron Weiss, down to the hand-polishing of the smallest screws, which were made right in our workshop. Each hand-decorated movement must be individually jeweled and plated prior to its first test assembly. Only then, if everything fits perfectly, will the timepiece be completely disassembled, cleaned, and assembled in our clean room with the final precision oiling taking place. Each American Issue is our most special offering due to all the machining and hand-finishing that occurs inside our Los Angeles-based studio for the movement and components, as well as the hand-assembly process. Each one is like a little piece of engineering art made by Cameron himself for each client.
This American Issue timepiece is made with our CAL 1003 mechanical movement from our latest production with a higher beat rate of 21,600 BPH paired with a re-engineered mainspring and the addition of a hacking feature that stops the sweep second hand at zero when the crown is pulled out for setting. Developing these three elements advances the accuracy of our timepiece to an all new level. The movement has been hand decorated with Geneva stripes, blued screws, and sunburst rays on the crown and ratchet wheels. This bright silver, rhodium-plated and hand jeweled masterpiece of mechanical timekeeping is fully visible through an open case-back enclosed with sapphire crystal. The dial has been machined from solid naval brass and hand-painted for maximum legibility in black with white accents proudly declaring our Los Angeles, California heritage. The case is machined from solid 316L stainless steel with sapphire crystals on the front and back for the best scratch resistance available. Hands are a black oxide steel with white luminescent Super-Luminova paint for legibility in the dark. This edition of our American Issue Field Watch is supplied with our durable and waterproof black Cordura canvas strap.
The American Issue Field Watch -- Black Dial with CAL 1003 is a limited production timepiece built by hand. The timepiece and movement are individually numbered, and delivered in our custom-built solid American Red Oak box, also built by hand in the USA.