The fact that a USA-based watch company is investing time and money into developing and manufacturing their own watch cases should be enough to excite any serious watch geek. While in recent years most watch enthusiasts have been fixated on movements, it’s important to remember that just because a watch has an “in-house” heartbeat from Switzerland, doesn’t mean its body isn’t from *gasp* China!
Such is also the case (no pun intended) for many so-called American watches that are assembled in the states. Not anymore – at least where Kobold is concerned.
It’s wonderful that KWC is making moves to manufacture cases in USA, but this action is making us desire older Kobolds more than ever. If the company keeps on track, there will never be another Fricker-German-made Kobold case. That means now is the time to scoop up as many pre-owned pieces as you can.
The Kobold Soarway Diver is a good place to start. It’s a tool watch but doesn’t feel bulky like many others in the same category. It’s a versatile timepiece with many options available.
This classic can be found in steel or titanium. Dials in black, blue, or ivory (as shown here). With a 5 link bracelet or without. In a regular metal finish or DLC coated. Solid caseback or exhibition style… you get the point. [full specs]
41.3mm is a comfortable overall size for and thanks to the ultra slim 10.25mm case, the original Soarway Diver slides smoothly under the cuff of a dress shirt Monday-Friday. The weekend arrives and you’re feeling an adventure brewing, swap the bracelet for a 20mm nylon NATO style strap – totally different watch.
It’s 2016 and you’re all about microbrand niche watch companies based in the United States. Uh, guys, that’s Kobold. Online, crowdfunded pre-order deals, small production runs, customization… that smells like Kobold Watch Company. So, new watch collectors, meet the classic version of what you’re obsessed with today.