About Mk II
The first company of our kind we are specialists in custom tool-watches. In 2002 Mk II began as a small business selling watch parts and offering customization services for other maker's watches, such as the venerable Seiko Diver. Since those early days Mk II has developed into an American watch company specializing in custom and Swiss Made watches sold exclusively under the Mk II brand.
"Mk II/Mk 2/Mark 2" is widely used by military organizations to designate the second generation or iteration of a tool or piece of equipment. We selected the designation "Mk II" as our trademark to represent our dedication to utilitarianism, reliability, and timeless styling. Furthermore, the name Mk II encapsulates our innovative endeavor to build an inclusive luxury brand; rooted in value and substance. An Mk II watch continues to be built to serve customers that believe our watches speak volumes of their own knowledge, independence, and self-assurance.
For the future we aspire to build a boutique brand with a global presence. With an annual production of 1,000 pieces (smaller than most companies' limited editions) we want to build watches based on the principle of quality over quantity. Building upon our vintage styled collection and what we have learned over its development, we are creating what we hope will be future classics of our own.
We began by customizing other brands with solid reputations, earning our own reputation for quality, craftsmanship and design excellence in the process. By working with other company's watches we acquired an expertise in watch case design and developed our own philosophy towards styling and watch construction.
Mk II Founder
Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bill graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. and B.S. in Economics. In the years following college he worked in New York City as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”). While at Merrill Lynch & Co. Bill specialized in sell-side M&A, advising entrepreneurs, families and investors in the sale of their businesses. It was during his time at Merrill where his childhood love of watches was rekindled and combined with the spark of entrepreneurship. In 2001 he returned to The Wharton School, where he earned his M.B.A. It was during his time in graduate school that the Mk II watch company was born.
The Mk II utilitarian design aesthetic permeates everything that we do and in a nutshell defines our personal philosophy. The workshop is outfitted with state-of-the-art testing equipment and tools. Aside from those essential pieces of equipment the workshop itself exemplifies a workspace with every priority being given to sourcing quality components and the tools that enable us to realize our dedication to superior workmanship.