PLEASE NOTE: We are completely sold out of the Watch Caps, but we are working on more for October, 2022.
The photos on this page show the many "looks" possible with a single Seamless Reversible Watch Cap. Our Watch Caps are double-layered, and the two layers enable several different looks with each two-color Cap.
WeatherWool Reversible Seamless Watch Caps are 100% pure, fine, worsted Merino ... and of course 100% American. The Watch Caps pair very well with the Neck Gaiters, which are made from the same worsted Merino.
In 2019, we made several different Prototype Watch Caps, and Advisor Jesse Manuta did some heavy-duty testing -- with great results -- of the one we liked best, and that's the one we put into production.
Our Watch Caps are 100% worsted 19 micron American Merino -- no fillers or any other materials. And like all WeatherWool products, 100% American in manufacture.
The Watch Cap weighs 3.4 ounces / 95 grams.
The Watch Caps are quite "stretchy", but all the stretch and spring come from the knitting pattern. We do not use any elastic or anything other than wool to make the Caps. And no latex means that the stretch will not degrade over time.
The Caps will fit almost anyone, although one person told us the Cap was too loose (too big). If that is the case, the Watch Caps can be put through a cold gentle wash cycle and dryer (gentle) and the knit will tighten up, making the Cap a little smaller. This can be done repeatedly if necessary.
Because of the nature of the reversible knit, we have decided, at least for now, that we will not sew a WeatherWool label into these Caps. There is no good place to put a label; it will detract from the overall performance of the Cap, particularly in the rain, and we would want people to be able to easily remove the label. So for these first Watch Caps at least, we are going to omit the label. I'd prefer no labels on any of our products, but everyone else says that is crazy.
These Caps are made from two layers of fine merino wool, using two different color yarns, and can be reversed, which is key for performance and appearance. The Caps have a primary color making up about 60% of the Cap, and the secondary color about 40% of the Cap. In the selection menu, the "60%/primary color" is shown first, in capital letters. For example, BLACK/Drab means the 60%/primary color is BLACK.
The photos on this page:
The first six are composites showing the six different looks possible with each of the six different colorways (laid flat on a table)
A DRAB/Black Watch Cap laid flat on a table with Black (secondary color) side out
Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, courtesy of a gentleman who works Search and Rescue in the Bering Sea. This photo DOES NOT imply any endorsement by any agency of the US Government
We will soon add .... The last six photos show the six different looks of a DRAB/Black Watch Cap:
Worn "slouchy", with primary DRAB Color on the outside
Worn slouchy with Black secondary Color outside, and the primary DRAB Color showing at bottom
Primary DRAB Color out, with bottom of Cap folded up on the outside of the Cap ... the most common way of wearing a Watch Cap
Secondary Black Color on the outside, with bottom of Cap folded up INSIDE the Cap so the primary DRAB Color is not seen
Secondary Black Color on the outside, with bottom of Cap folded up OUTSIDE the Cap creating a DRAB Color band at bottom
Primary DRAB Color out, with bottom of Cap folded INSIDE the Cap. With primary color on the outside, folding the bottom of the Cap inside or outside really changes only the contour of the Cap.
Our Watch Caps are knitted by Tailored Industry of Brooklyn, New York. Their Whole Garment® Shima Seiki knitting machines create a seamless3D knit that finishes off the crown cleanly. When everything is tuned right, these leading-edge knitting machines can virtually eliminate waste through their pull-based system, creating less than 1% excess material during the production of each Watch Cap. We have not reached this point yet, but we are working towards it!
Testing has shown that when rain wets the outer layer of the Cap, the inner layer remains dry. Also, should the inner layer become damp with sweat, such as during a hard run (Jesse covers some serious distance) the Cap can then be reversed, placing the dry outer layer against the head while the wet layer can dry in the air.
Our great customer and friend TJ, a Veteran of the USMC, texted us about a surprising use for his Watch Cap. "As we were camping over the weekend and hiking come across a problem, unique to me and wearing kilts a lot , I forgot my phone case , forgot my sporran (which is traditionally worn with a kilt that's that bag in front !!!! ) ok so yes I have my pack but it's not very convenient to keep smaller things in, sooo I was standing there thinking about what I could use ! I looked down and there was my WeatherWool watch mans cap !!!! Bada boom 💥 use it as a bag !!! And it work great held my phone , lighter , chapstick ID ,worked great , stayed in place tucked under my belt , so you can also use the Neck Gaiter as a belt bag as well good as you forage for things , the cap works as a bowl too to forage ! HooRaw improvise adapt overcome"