Spirit of America
In 2006, Kobold launched a watch to commemorate the unbroken spirit of the United States following the September 11th, 2001 attacks. The Spirit of America was the first Kobold to be assembled in the United States. Today, its distinctive Soarway case is entirely U.S.-made. Herein lies perhaps the biggest achievement of Kobold's unique and groundbreaking Made-in-USA project.
Its origins are a nod to the esteemed history of American watchmaking. With over 87% of the watch manufactured in the United States, this timekeeper represents a bold return to U.S. wristwatch manufacturing.*
Not only is the well-known Soarway case, including its bezel, mid-case and caseback, manufactured in Pennsylvania. Even the crown, crown tube, lug bars and screws are American-made. The raw material from which each case component is milled is stainless steel. The signature domed sapphire crystal is also grown, cut and polished in the U.S. Hence, the Spirit of America case is truly 100% U.S.-made. However, not all components of the Spirit of America are made in the United States.
The watch is powered by a modified manual-winding Swiss movement (Unitas 6497) and its dial is made by hand in Germany.
The galvanized copper dial features sunburst or lacquered finish in the following colors: Jet Black, Arctic Blue, Titanium Gray, Snow White and Fire Engine Red. The dial features brushed stainless steel appliques, over which a pair of brushed steel hands indicate time. Both the dial and hands are legible even in complete darkness thanks to being treated with the latest-generation SuperLuminova luminous material. The dial is proudly signed "PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA".
The Spirit of America is more than just a pretty face. Like all Kobold watches, it was designed to be durable and withstand the elements. Kobold deemed that merely being water-resistant to a depth of 330 feet (100 m.), antimagnetic, and shock-resistant per DIN regulations -a stringent set of criteria fulfilled by only few wristwatches of modern production- would not suffice for the company's first American wristwatch. The team at Kobold's Pittsburgh facilities intended to showcase their new creation as being better engineered and more carefully manufactured than the company's Swiss and German-made watches. A test of a different kind would have to be devised.
On request, an American-made leather strap by artisan Greg Stevens can be added to this watch. The Spirit of America comes on a genuine alligator strap and arrives in a wooden collector's box. As Kobold's flagship watch, the Spirit of America comes with a 10-year warranty against material defects and faulty craftsmanship.
Spirit of America
Ref. KD 637422
Case: aerospace-grade titanium; satinized, polished, brushed surfaces
Dimensions44.35 mm diameter (bezel end to bezel end); 48.4 mm diameter overall (bezel end to crown end; 54.4 mm length overall (lug end to lug end); 22 mm lug width (between lugs; measures strap width); 13.5 mm height overall crystal synthetic sapphire; domed, anti-reflective (inside only); crown signed bezel stationary back aerospace-grade titanium; sapphire crystal; antimagnetic; shock-resistant; pressure-proof to 10 atmospheres
Movement: K.421; Swiss-made (base caliber UNITAS 6497; modified) winding handwound mechanism jewels 17 balance Glucydur mainspring Nivarox 1 functions hours, minutes other 50 hours power reserve, Geneva stripes decoration
*all ratings in accordance with the strict regulations set forth by the German Industrial Standard Bureau, DIN