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I know of what you speak.
My father went through the Bulova school after WWII.
Unfortunately, he passed away long before I had the chance to learn from him, and I’ve only started this next craft in my life, about 4 years ago.
I use what tools my mom had left, that belonged to my father,…a way of connecting to him I suppose.
I’m almost 58 now, and looking for this to be my next life chapter.
Dad wore a Hamilton, and I have that watch, along with a couple others from that brand.
He had nothing but great things to say about American watches.
I had a Waltham Maximus from his collection for some time, and I can’t think of many watches as elegantly crafted.
There’s nothing that we can’t do as well as the Swiss, or any other group of craftsmen, if we have the same resources available.
From what I’ve read, the Swiss really didn’t have the market until after the revival of mechanical watches just this century.
I’m not bashing anyone…don’t see the need…but I know all about the snobbery, and I would hope that among unique craftsmen, that this would not be the case.
All my best,