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Kobold Spirit of America Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com As a college student in the mid-90s, Micheal Kobold imagined a U.S.-manufactured premium watch. In 1998, he founded his own watchmaker in Pittsburg. In 2006, after nearly a decade of dedication, the Kobold Spirit of America luxury sports watch realized Kobold's original vision for the future of American horology. The trademark Kobold "Soarway" case and custom sapphire crystal of this Kobold Spirit of America are build in the USA, and Kobold's artisans take pride in performing final assembly stateside from the firm's Pennsylvania headquarters. From his early days of U.S.-based design to his present status as a domestic watch manufacture, Michael Kobold has held true to his vision for what a sports watch should be. Irrespective of origin, Kobold watches are big, bold, and finely crafted to a standard rarely seen in the sub-$5,000 luxury watch class. The signature 44mm "Soarway" case of this Spirit of America is crafted from titanium and finished with a gorgeous brushed treatment. Rather than scream for attention, the subdued blue-gray tones of the titanium impart an upscale sophistication often lacking in Swiss models priced at *multiples" of this Kobold Spirit of America. The clever placement of the crown at eight o'clock is a practical triumph for the user. When worn in the popular, "long and loose" fashion, a conventional sports watch crown can creep forward and gouge the top of the wrist. Kobold dodges that peril and ensures a unique appearance that's guaranteed to win double-takes from fellow watch enthusiasts. The robust case segues to an anthracite sunburst metallic dial with premium-style applied (as opposed to printed) indexes and abundant luminova luminescent paint. Day or night, the Kobold Spirit of America features the kind of first-rate legibility becoming of a premier utility watch. Speaking of premier utility watches, Kobold has adopted Officine Panerai's favorite power plant, the manually-wound Unitias 6497 pocket watch caliber. Bombproof, proven, and a veteran of upscale sports watch applications, the Swiss-made 6497 provides this product of the American heartland with a key tie to modern horology's "spiritual" heartland. See this U.S.-made Kobold Spirit of American Manual-Wind luxury sports watch in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso