Shopping a Community of Makers: Kobold Watches

November 28, 2022

Shopping a Community of Makers: Kobold Watches

We at The Great Republic take pride in celebrating American craftsmanship and supporting the community of American makers, designers, artists, and creators represented in our shop.  From our leather makers to letterpress designers, jewelry crafters to cutlers, pen makers and horologists, by shopping with The Great Republic you are helping over 30 small businesses thrive. 

One of the small businesses and creative experts that make The Great Republic such a special place to shop is Kobold.

Founded in 1998 by fledgling young watchmaker Michael Kobold, Kobold is an American watch company operating primarily out of Pennsylvania. What started as an assignment for an entrepreneurship course soon became a one-man passion project selling his creations online to watch enthusiasts. As his company grew, Kobold became well-known for high quality, durable timepieces for the adventurer. The company has also made strides in American watchmaking, moving closer and closer each year to producing the first entirely American-manufactured watch, a goal Kobold hopes to reach by 2025. 

Famously recommended by renowned explorer Randulph Fiennes, the adventurer has taken Kobold watches to the summit of Mount Everest, among other expeditions he’s embarked on. The extensive line of Kobold watches available at The Great Republic include chronographs, dive watches, and more, all perfectly crafted for every sort of adventure. 

KOBOLD ARCTIC DIVER TITANIUM POLISHED WATCH WITH TAN NYLON STRAP

One such watch is their Arctic Diver, one of the toughest and most reliable Kobold watches ever built. Its 44.5mm stainless steel Soarway case features an extra-thick, domed sapphire crystal, a triple-sealed, screw-locked crown, and an extra-thick stainless steel caseback. An internal secondary case made from soft-iron shields the Swiss-made automatic movement from magnetic interference (up to 80,000 A/m).

KOBOLD ARCTIC DIVER TITANIUM POLISHED WATCH WITH GRAY NYLON STRAP

In 2020, Kobold began working on their new version of the Arctic Diver, this time using aerospace-grade titanium as the material for the outer case. This reduces the total weight of the hefty Arctic Diver considerably and improves comfort.  The titanium version is available in three finishes: DLC-coated black,  DLC-coated Desert Tan, or mirror polished, a novelty among titanium watches offered exclusively by Kobold. 

KOBOLD REMINGTON SPECIAL EDITION AUTOMATIC WATCH WITH BLUE CANVAS STRAP

The Kobold Remington Special Edition Automatic Watch is a partnership of two great American brands- Kobold and Remington. The Eliphalet Remington timepiece pays tribute to America's oldest gun manufacturer. The watch features a brushed stainless steel case with domed and anti-reflective sapphire crystal, screw down crown and screw-locked caseback. It is powered by a Swiss automatic-winding movement.

KOBOLD RICHARD BYRD AUTOMATIC WATCH WITH BLACK LEATHER STRAP

The newer Kobold Richard Byrd Automatic Watch pays tribute to the great American naval aviator and polar explorer, Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd. The watch features a black DLC-coated stainless steel case with domed sapphire crystal, screw-down crown and screw-locked caseback. It is powered by a Swiss automatic-winding movement.

The timepieces from this trailblazing company are in the forefront of American luxury watchmaking. We invite you to shop the whole line of Kobold watches available at the Great Republic.






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