The Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch is something of a rarity these days. It’s a handcrafted, American-made wristwatch with bags of character. It was inspired by the dives into the Pacific Ocean and quests through the Sierra Nevada mountains that were undertaken by Cameron Weiss, the founder of Weiss Watch Company.
The case on the Weiss Field Watch is made of 316L stainless steel, as you would expect, but it is polished by hand to give a pleasing mixture of brushed and polished surfaces. The crown sports the Weiss logo on the side and there is an exhibition case back on the rear of the watch. When you combine all this with the water resistance rating of 100 meters, you get a reliable and versatile watch that is sized really well for most people.
The dial on this watch is constructed from a special brass alloy for durability. It’s not something you will notice, or remember, every time you check the time on your wrist, but it’s a perfect example of the artisanal attention to detail that Weiss employs with their watches. Super Luminova paint is used to make the watch legible at night, and a black oxide coating is applied to the hands for a finish that you don’t see on many other watches. The dial itself is available in black, white, blue, or even a latte color and a sapphire crystal (front and back) keeps everything safe inside.
- Case Size: 38mm
- Case Thickness: 9.2mm
- Lug to Lug: 46.2mm
- Strap width: 20mm
- Movement: Weiss Caliber 1005 (mechanical)
- Power Reserve: 42 hours
- Water Resistance: 100m
- Crystal: Sapphire (front and back)
The movement on the Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch is the Weiss Caliber 1005. It’s a mechanical movement that is based on a Swiss ETA movement, but Weiss assembles it all in-house with particular attention to polishing and grading. There is something inherently pleasing and nostalgic about hand-wound watches. Most modern watches are automatic or quartz, but mechanical watches are out there if you look for them and they really help you make a connection with the watch when you physically have to wind and set them every few days.
The Weiss Field Watch is a great-looking watch. It is so well thought out. The craftsmanship and the attention to detail are easy to appreciate. This watch does have a premium price tag, but American watchmakers are a somewhat rare commodity and when you are not mass producing watches, (each watch is made to order), you can expect to pay a little more than the competition. Is it worth it? We think so.
Video Review of the Weiss Field Watch
Weiss is an American watch manufacturer that was founded in 2013 by Cameron Weiss. Each watch is designed and built from start to finish by hand in a state-of-the-art workshop in Los Angeles, California. Learn more here.