Introducing: Shinola, Detroit made watches and bikes
Based out of the 30,000 square foot, fifth floor of a former General Motors auto research lab, Shinola has in just a few short years branded themselves as an American made precision and quality manufacturer of watches, bicycles, and leather goods. Following mass layoffs, furloughed auto industry workers were trained by Swiss and Thai watchmakers in the art of horology and for the first time in decades, you can own an American made timepiece.
My friend recently purchased the Runwell which has a classic look. It comes in a wooden box, and it included a hand written note from the watchmaker thanking you for the purchase and keeping motor city employed. The watch has a sturdy feel with a stainless steel body and a crystal sapphire face to keep scratch free and looking good.
They diversified their offering to include stationary, pet supplies (such as collars and toys), home goods and even apparel. They don't make most of these products themselves but they are all made in the USA.
Shinola also offers a line of leather goods such as this wonderful duffle bag made out of Horween leather.