I’ve never been able to figure out the mental gymnastics that goes into the advertised or accepted origin of a watch. There just seems to be some inconsistencies that are based on nothing more than how WISs feel about a watch and I was hoping someone could outline the “rules” in determining the country of manufacture.
A Japanese case with Japanese movement is Japanese
A Swiss made case with Swiss movement is Swiss etc…
Simple enough, but now it’s gonna get weird
A German case with a Swiss movement is German and a German case with a Japanese movement is German, but a German case with a Chinese movement is now considered a Chinese watch. Now a German watch with a Chinese made case and Swiss movement is German again (if you don’t know the case is Chinese), but if you know the case was made in China, it’s most likely to be considered Chinese again even though the movement is Swiss.
Now if you take a Japanese watch with a Japanese movement and assemble it in Malysia, it remains Japanese, but is considered(by many) to be Malaysian manufactured and inferior quality, even though it’s the same parts and uses the same manufacturing sources and standards as the Japanese version.
Still with me…
Now if you take Chinese parts and a Swiss movement and case them in the USA it’s considered American. And if you take an American case and a Chinese movement it also considered American. Even if you take a Chinese case and a Chinese movement and put it all together in the States It’s considered American