For those of you not familiar with Hager Watches, you owe it to yourself to check out what they’re making. Â Yes, it’s another small, boutique type brand coming out with mechanical watches, but it’s one of a small group of American manufacturers.
And that’s where today’s post comes into play. Â Over on Crowdfunder (project page), they’ve created a project that is aiming to bring watch production here to the States, with a focus on high-quality automatic watches utilizing Swiss components.
At the lowest sponsor level ($320) you can pick up their Classic Commando, which is pictured directly above. Â Which, for a 40mm stainless case and Seagull movement, you might think the pricing is a bit high. Â You do also get some additional goodies (mug, hat, and cufflinks), along with being able to help the project get off the ground.
Jump up to $600, and you can grab yourself a Hager Professional model (also pictured above). Â They’re comparing this against a Tag Heuer model – which I can’t speak to how directly it would stack up, it is a rather nice looking watch (yes, the slide shows $800, which is the intended MSRP).
Most interesting to me (of the watch offerings) is the GMT Commando at the $900 price-point. Â Again, I’m not sure how it would truly compare to a GMT Master II, but it is another attractive watch with a handy set of complications (GMT and date).
Of the non-watch stuff that I find interesting, that would have to be the cufflinks, which seem to be tied to the hat reward at $85. Â I know not many folks wear cuff links (I do at least once a week), but for those that do, this is a nice little nod to a watch addiction that is just plain cool looking.
Unfortunately, it looks like the funding might fall a bit short on this one, but we’ll see – hopefully it will take off. Â And I’m also hearing word that the project deadline may be extended, so you may have a little more time to get in and show your support.