Founded in 1998 by a fledgling young watchmaker named Michael Kobold, Kobold is an American watch company operating primarily out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. What started as an assignment for an entrepreneurship course soon became a one-man passion project selling his creations online to watch enthusiasts. As his company grew, Kobold became well-known for high quality, durable timepieces. The company has also made strides in American watchmaking, moving closer and closer each year to producing the first entirely American-manufactured watch, a goal Kobold hopes to reach by 2025. Famously recommended by renowned explorer Randulph Fiennes, the adventurer has taken Kobold watches to the summit of Mount Everest, among other expeditions he’s embarked on. Notable lines of Kobold watches include the Soarway and Spirit of America models.