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Title: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 07, 2015, 09:08:44 PM
...and I don't mean cars...

Stumbled on this a week or so ago,

www.shinola.com (http://www.shinola.com)

I believe I'm gonna but a watch from them and CL like their leather goods.  I like the 'Made in Michigan / Detroit" thing.

Take a look, you'll like the stuff....
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: BigRedDog on December 08, 2015, 07:21:39 AM
We actually have an old thread on that company and their products....

http://monroetalks.com/forum/index.php?topic=27642.msg590509#msg590509 (http://monroetalks.com/forum/index.php?topic=27642.msg590509#msg590509)

Glad you reminded me of it though so I could go back and watch this:

DOLLY PARTON | Shinola | (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ySt-Zd7qrvw#)
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 08, 2015, 09:23:28 AM
I like their timepieces.  Not cheap but not a Rolex either.
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: livewire on December 08, 2015, 02:26:30 PM
I really like the Black Blizzard Titanium.  I just can't see the $1,500 price tag.

Besides, I would destroy a watch on my wrist, anyways.  Between the grease, dust, chemicals and such that I'm constantly working in and around, it wouldn't last a month.

But it is a very nice looking watch.
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: blue2 on December 08, 2015, 03:39:35 PM
I wonder how much of the watch needs to be made in Detroit before they can label it that way?
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 08, 2015, 08:31:50 PM
I wonder how much of the watch needs to be made in Detroit before they can label it that way?

If you go on their site, there are some interesting video's and descriptions of how and where they are made.  The movements are Swiss but are assembled in Detroit under the watchful eyes of the Swiss.  It states where the bands are made (USA) and what parts are imported from China (very little).

Myself, I like the 3 dial chronograph with the blue face and yep, it's 1500 smackers.  Like Live, I'm hell on watches so it would be a watch for nice ocassions.  I'd really like a Rolex GMT Master with a stainless band and blue face and Milkins would love to sell me one, but I can't see spending 8 grand on  a watch.  I can do 1500 though.

They have some pretty snazzy bicycles too.  The Schwinn family builds the frames, all hand built and TIG and gas welded.  Quality always comes at a price....

I think it's good to support Michigan business, especially a business in Detroit.
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: blue2 on December 08, 2015, 08:48:07 PM
I have an old Accutron and a Geraud Peragux. I find it hard to wear them with the mostly casual clothes I wear now
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 08, 2015, 10:33:39 PM
IMO, a Rolex is a statement of being 'arrived'.  A Timex is a statement of 'wanting to arrive but having a thin wallet'  Don't know where the Shinola watches fit in....

Curious name 'Shinola'.  Wasn't that a shoe polish years ago?
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: blue2 on December 08, 2015, 10:43:11 PM
Still is a shoe polish I think. But ever since the Army I've used Kiwi..I had a cushy job and spit shined my boots with it water and cotton balls
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 08, 2015, 11:02:11 PM
Still is a shoe polish I think. But ever since the Army I've used Kiwi..I had a cushy job and spit shined my boots with it water and cotton balls

That brings back memories...  In high school I was what was called a 'greaser'.  Wore a 3/4 length black leather coat, Banlon shitrs, white socks and polyester pants...and spit shined Florshiem wing tips.  Spit shined with a silk cloth.  If you couldn't see your reflection in the tips....  You weren't 'in'....  DA haircut too.

Can't do that today, not much hair left...... ;D ;D
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: BigRedDog on December 09, 2015, 08:11:27 AM
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Former President Bill Clinton bought 14 of Shinola's watches, calling the company an American success story.[54][3] Other politicians have promoted the product, including current Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.[54]

Above from this Wiki article on the Detroit manufacturer:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinola

The following Wiki article says the shoe polish company went out of business in 1960.  I also seem to remember it during my Army days though (69-71).  Maybe there was just that much of the product left in the supply chain.  I guess it would probably last forever.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinola_(shoe_polish)
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 09, 2015, 11:03:07 AM
I see, after reading the WIKI page, Shinola is owned by a Texas venture Capital company and that kind of turns me off.  I would prefer it to be owned and operated by local businessmen.
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 09, 2015, 11:04:09 AM
Maybe my subject line should say..." Made in Detroit, Owned Elsewhere'.....
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: blue2 on December 09, 2015, 11:24:17 AM
I still have a pair of sz 11 Florsheim wings if you're interested. Pretty old too buy in great shape
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 09, 2015, 01:51:42 PM
I still have a pair of sz 11 Florsheim wings if you're interested. Pretty old too buy in great shape

Nah.  I've outgrown the need....lol

Remember Thom McCan shoes?  Cheap, looked good and lasted maybe a week or less in the rain when the cardboard soles came apart?

The Chinese put them out of business...
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 09, 2015, 01:56:21 PM
Was perusing 'Replica Rolex Watches and came across this......www.solidswiss.cd (http://www.solidswiss.cd)

Nice.  You get what you pay for....
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: T-M-T on December 09, 2015, 04:04:13 PM
I know many people who could afford to buy dozens of Rolexes but would never be caught dead wearing one.

I remember reading that Bill Gates wears a cheap Casio watch and is proud of it. 

I have an Apple Watch now and like it a lot, but until that came along,  I always preferred to wear a light, cheap Timex that keeps better time than any Rolex and doesn’t scream “I’m a douchebag” like a Rolex does.  I like expensive cars because they are safe, comfortable and perform well, but would never want a heavy, gaudy watch that doesn’t keep good time. 

Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 10, 2015, 07:59:45 AM
Even a watch that don't run is correct twice a day....... ;D
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: blue2 on December 10, 2015, 09:49:44 AM
but not the ones with the date in a little window
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 10, 2015, 10:16:27 AM
but not the ones with the date in a little window

Fair statementt....Those are right one day a month........
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: Monroe Native on December 10, 2015, 05:07:33 PM
Why do people with Apple Products always tell you about their Apple Products?

I'd rather know about the luxury car than the inferior consumer product you overpaid for!

Apple Watch = Rolex Watch of the Electronic Watch World......
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: Monroe Native on December 10, 2015, 06:58:58 PM
Fair statementt....Those are right one day a month........

Only if they get stuck before the number 28.....
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: arpydave on December 10, 2015, 07:14:17 PM
And not if they have a day and date windows .... hehehe, sorry couldn't help it!
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 10, 2015, 07:20:34 PM
Why do people with Apple Products always tell you about their Apple Products?

I'd rather know about the luxury car than the inferior consumer product you overpaid for!

Apple Watch = Rolex Watch of the Electronic Watch World......

I don't want no stinking Apple watch anyway....
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: Monroe Native on December 10, 2015, 07:53:10 PM
I don't want no stinking Apple watch anyway....

I don't want no stinking Apple anything....

Stuff designed to not work well with anything but their stuff.

Genius - don't you think?

I love that the little Appleites take videos with their fancy I Phones - and it will only seem to play back right on Apple Products.

I guess they don't want to share with the bulk of the world.  That is the way they roll.

Nice to live in a little bubble - isn't it?
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: blue2 on December 10, 2015, 08:12:01 PM
My grandkids all have Apple Watches.  They wear them most of the time. The college girl says it keeps her entertained in class..oh oh..
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: Monroe Native on December 10, 2015, 08:19:15 PM
My grandkids all have Apple Watches.  They wear them most of the time. The college girl says it keeps her entertained in class..oh oh..

Uhhhhh - shouldn't she be paying attention to the lecture?
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: Monroe Native on December 10, 2015, 08:21:06 PM
My new fresh out of college Millennial can't go 1 minute without playing with his watch or phone

I want to take them away when he is at work.

It kind of pisses me off to tell you the truth.
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: blue2 on December 10, 2015, 09:49:11 PM
Its been 10 years since I worked in an office. My last few some of us had Blackberrys but for the most part they were used for business.  I can't imagine what it is like today with the whole young set wrapped up in their cell phones. 
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 10, 2015, 11:14:17 PM
Just think, an EMP and no more Apple watches....or cell phones.  There are some positive benefits..... ;D
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: livewire on December 11, 2015, 06:53:37 AM
Just think, an EMP and no more Apple watches....or cell phones.  There are some positive benefits..... ;D

Yup.  And no more computers, and no more MT!

I'd get a lot more productive work done, that's for sure!!!!
Title: Re: Made in Detroit
Post by: BigRedDog on December 11, 2015, 07:00:50 AM
Its been 10 years since I worked in an office. My last few some of us had Blackberrys but for the most part they were used for business.  I can't imagine what it is like today with the whole young set wrapped up in their cell phones.

In our family we run the spectrum on using our cell phones at work...

My wife carries her phone on her all day at work but only uses it during break or in an emergency!  She does have to discipline quite a few of the real young workers on  daily basis though...   they seem to have a hard time being 'away' from the world while they work :o :o :o

Our youngest daughter was kind of like that on her prior job and now she just simply leaves her phone in her truck and gets back to it 12 hours later!  No exceptions and anyone violating is terminated immediately.   Makes it pretty simple actually :o :o :o

Our son can carry his 'most' of the time...   unless they're working in certain hazardous areas on the site in which case they have to leave them in their locker.  He only uses his on breaks or lunch for the most part though. 

Our oldest daughter literally uses hers for work to the point it would make it more difficult to do her job without one.  She's on her own most of the time so it's a safety issue NOT to have one.  If I text or email her I usually get a reply in just a few minutes although most of the time I'm sending her info on traffic crashes or rescue or fire locations she may want to avoid or 'work around'.  It would make her work more difficult to do and a safety issue not to have her personal phone.

I abuse the use of my cell phone and Galaxy Tab 4 but nobody ever complains ;) ;) ;)