Have you heard the hype and read the press about homegrown timepieces being handmade in the United States? Is it a fact that hard-working citizens of America have really jumped back into Horology? Have the spirits from the fields in Lancaster called skilled watchmakers back to the bench to work on new and exciting calibers? Can it be true that outsourcing and mixed parts assembly is really a thing of the past? Can American brands look into the eyes of customers and say “we made this watch with our own two hands for you, soldier, wear it with pride and pass it to your kin” without crossing their fingers behind their backs? Are overseas factories manufacturing watches without assembling them as a selling point for American watch companies? Do watch companies have no shame about peddling goods to the people of USA without telling the truth about who produced them? Does the current watch consumer have any idea of the difference between assembly and “In-House” movements? Are we making money for the people in the Land of Opportunity by teaching them skills at the watch bench? Are these watches being built by certified watchmakers? Is the watch industry all smoke and mirrors? Does banner ad marketing and social media have more influence than reality? Is the mirage of “America Made” so encouraging, that if it looks like water in the distance it must taste that way too? Has this been going on for a long time? Is there a watch called “The American Classic” with not one part that is made with the Spirit of Liberty? Do you really care if watches are made here or just like telling your friends “it’s American”? Is there a such thing as a truly American watch? Are we asking the right questions? Is every component, case, dial, hand, movement, luminescent material, spring bar, stitch, thread, hairspring, balance wheel, gear train, crown, stem, made here in the good ol’ US of A? Does the watch world need tighter border control? Do we need Timepiece Immigration Reform? Are other watch bloggers promoting the illegal immigrants of the American watch industry? Well, do we know the difference between shit and Shinola?