Weiss Field Watch (Black Dial)

Swiss movement, handmade and assembled in Los Angeles. Machined naval brass face with steel hands. Stainless steel case, double-domed and beveled sapphire front face with beveled sapphire caseback. Water resistant to 330 feet (100 meters). (more info)

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Weiss Field Watch (Black Dial) - Kaufmann Mercantile

Weiss Watches are handmade in Los Angeles using time-honored Swiss mechanical movements and methods. Head watchmaker Cameron Weiss, received his training in Switzerland, a country with a history of watchmaking that reaches back to the mid-16th century.

All case parts, dials, hands, spring bar tools, straps and packaging are designed, engineered and manufactured in Los Angeles. The mechanical movements, buckles, case-back screws and spring bar screws are made in Switzerland, with finishing and assembly completed at the Weiss Watches studio in Los Angeles.


Cases, crowns, and buckles are forged from 316L stainless steel (a biocompatible steel that is resistant to corrosion even against daily contact with body oils), allowing corrosion resistance that will last hundreds of years. Movement parts are made from traditional metal alloys, unchanged since the 1800s, allowing any professional watchmaker to make repairs using standard tools into the foreseeable future.

Dials are made from the highest grade of naval or red brass, machined from a solid piece of brass with no welds or weak points, featuring hand painted and printed details. Transparent sapphire crystal, synthetically derived to be free of imperfections and structural flaws, is used on the front and back of the case.

Features waterproof canvas watchstraps with stainless steel buckle. Each timepiece comes in a hand-built California pinewood box. See also the Weiss Field Watch with white dial

Use & Care

With proper care, Weiss Watches are meant to be worn for years and passed on to following generations.

Everyday Care:

Winding
Remove your watch from your wrist when setting or winding for ease of manipulating the crown. For a manual winding timepiece, it is best to wind it every day at the same time regardless of power reserve, in order to keep the mainspring taut and provide the greatest level of torque for the highest level of accuracy. Even if not being worn, a mechanical watch should be wound at least once a month. To wind, turn the crown clockwise until it resists further winding without forcing it further.

Water Resistance
To protect the movement from moisture, ensure that the crown is always pushed back in after setting the time. After exposure to seawater, your watch should be rinsed carefully with room temperature water and dried with a soft cloth. To maintain water resistance, avoid contact with harsh chemicals and products such as lotions or perfumes as these can damage the integrity of the seals. Water resistance testing should be performed at least once per year if your timepiece is regularly exposed to wet environments. The water resistance of a timepiece is not a permanent characteristic and can be affected by the external environment and wear and tear. Our canvas straps are waterproof and can be rinsed in clean freshwater and then air-dried. Leather straps are finely crafted from natural materials and should not be exposed to water or liquids that may damage them and cause premature wear.

Other Recommendations
Avoid placing your watch on or near electronics that contain magnets or can generate powerful magnetic fields (i.e. speakers, televisions, x-ray equipment). Avoid thermal or other types of unnecessary shocks. Avoid excessive heat or excessive cold. The mechanical movement is designed to withstand temperatures between 14°F and 104°F. Outside this range of temperatures, lubricants in the movement can be damaged.

An intermediate service is ideal after year 2, to ensure the proper function of your timepiece by restoring water resistance and maintaining the integrity of the case parts and movement. This process, which takes 2 – 3 weeks to complete, includes:

- Remove movement from case
- Complete disassembly of case parts
- Optional refinishing of case parts
- Ultrasonic cleaning of case parts
- Replace all gaskets and seals
- Control movement functions and regulation of timing
- Re-assemble
- Perform complete water resistance testing
- Final inspection and quality control​

Complete Maintenance Service (Year 5)

After five years, the mechanical movement can begin to show decreasing accuracy. This is due to evaporation of lubrication in the movement gear train and escapement. The Complete Maintenance Service is recommended at this interval and is a comprehensive service that restores your timepiece to its best possible state. The Complete Maintenance Service and replacement parts are covered by a two-year warranty. This process, which takes 4 – 6 weeks to complete, includes:

- Inspection and diagnosis
- Separation of the movement from the case
- Separate hands and dial from movement
- Complete disassembly of movement
- Pre-cleaning of movement parts
- Inspect all parts of movement and repair or replace worn or damaged parts as required
- Ultrasonic cleaning of disassembled movement parts
- Assemble and lubricate movement to proper specifications 
- Fit dial and hands to movement
- Test and regulate movement before casing up
- Complete disassembly of case parts
- Optional refinishing of case parts
- Ultrasonic cleaning of case parts 
- Re-assemble case with all new gaskets and seals
- Mount movement in case
- Control movement functions and regulation of timing
- Complete case up and perform complete water resistance testing
- Final inspection quality control

Production & Design

Weiss is one of the few companies creating watches from start to finish in the United States, including designing, engineering and manufacturing their own cases and dials, in addition to finishing each movement by hand.

Head watchmaker, Cameron Weiss, received his first plastic watch as a present from his great-aunt, and it was then that his fascination with timepieces began. He began collecting watches at a very young age.

Weiss graduated from the Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School as a WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program) Certified Watchmaker, after which he underwent extensive training at Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin, two of the most prestigious luxury watch brands in both Switzerland and the United States.

Cameron is a member of the American Watchmakers Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC).

Specifications

Size
Total length: 9 ½  inches long (24 cm)

Case: 1.6 inches diameter (4 cm)

Band: 7.7 inches long x 0.8 inches wide
(19½ cm x 2 cm)

Buckle: 0.7 inches wide (1.7 cm)

Materials
Stainless steel
Brass
Metal alloys
Sapphire
Canvas

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