Your Weekly Roundup With A Reminder
Your weekly roundup is below, but first, we need to remind you that it's almost Father's Day! It's next Sunday, so don't forget to grab a card for your Dad! With that reminder, we thought we'd share our newly updated Convert Your Watch page with you.
Did you know that if you have a family heirloom pocket watch we can potentially turn it into a wristwatch for you as a service? We specialize in antique American pocket watches manufactured between the years 1900 and 1950 and focus on certain sizes, but the service is our favorite product to sell!
Does your family have an heirloom pocket watch? Not sure? Ask your father this father's day if there's a pocket watch sitting in a drawer somewhere. We love being able to bring a piece of family history back to life with our conversions.
Check out our newly redesigned Convert Your Watch web page to learn more!
Here's Your Weekly Roundup
Check out the images below for the Weekly Roundup of last week's Watch of the Daywatches!
Click the images of the watches to learn more about them. Make sure to check the website at 12 PM Mountain Time for the Watch of the Day! They sell quickly. This week we have five watches queued up. Keep your eyes out for the perfect watch for you!
Today we welcome this amazing watch from the Elgin National Watch company. We decided to showcase these stunning bold numerals and accompanying dial design into our DLC black titanium case. This double sunk dial design boasts intrigue and is a wonderful example of the variety of unique and limited dials they offered from this era. A stone band complements the overall tones of this watch, as well as a nickel-plated crown and hardware.
This watch is equipped with 17 Ruby and Sapphire jewels throughout, along with gold-plated gears and a brass expansion balance. This uniquely shaped ¾ plate bridge is a signature look for Elgin, powered by a Breguet hairspring and Moseley regulator. This watch was originally produced in Elgin, Illinois in 1924, not far Northwest of Chicago. In this same year Red Grange, “The Galloping Ghost,” of the University of Illinois scored four touchdowns in twelve minutes while playing the University of Michigan.
This watch’s unique, golden dial has just the right amount of aging, considering it was originally manufactured in 1916. We decided to house it in our gunmetal titanium case, which is made and heat-treated by our specialized team here at Vortic Watch Company. Our gold-plated crown and hardware along with a moss-colored strap help complete the antique industrial motif of this face paired with titanium. Full moon hands add just the right amount of character.
The heart of this watch is a very special Rockland movement from the Illinois Watch Company, boasting 17 screw-set jewels and brass hardware. A beautiful spiral pattern machined across the build plate sweeps the viewer’s eye across every perfect detail. Despite the fact that this movement is well over 100 years old, it’s still working as hard as it did the day it left Illinois’ showroom. The same year this watch was made, the very first “toggle-style” light switch was invented by William J Newton and Morris Goldberg. Innovations made during the industrial revolution that continue to be relevant and useful today are incredible feats of ingenuity.
The rustic look of this aged Illinois dial blends perfectly with our black, diamond-like-coating titanium case. We continued the dark motif with a black strap and accented the rest of the watch with copper crown and hardware. We love to wonder how a watch like this gathers so much wear and tear over its lifetime, and take great pleasure in displaying these unique qualities.
The movement inside this watch is none other than the Time King from Illinois. This was one of the most high-end trim packages for a watch of its time, which boasts 21 screw-set jewels and brass hardware. Rose gold gears, a brass balance wheel, double roller escapement, and gorgeously machined Geneva lines all come together to create the unbelievable movement you see here.
This watch was originally manufactured in 1926, a time when new technological advancements were being made at light-speed. Air travel was no exception to this boom. US Congress saw the unstoppable growth happening and passed the Air Commerce Act, licensing commercial airplanes and the pilots who would be flying them.
Did you know that the Elgin National Watch Company produced over 55 million watches between 1864 and 1968? You’d think that with so many Elgins in existence, that finding new and exciting dials and movements would be a difficult task. This unique timepiece is just one of many that we’re happy to breathe new life into, and yet, there are still so many more! This particular dial features a star design, nicely aged numerals, and a font we rarely see. We paired it with our gunmetal titanium case to accent the numerals. Aged, gothic-style hands pair well with the rustic motif of the dial while the gold-plated crown and olive strap add a touch of modernity.
The movement has been intricately machined by a rose engine lathe to produce the incredible pattern across the steel build plate. 17 screw-set jewels power its gold-plated gears. This fantastic movement, which is powered by a Moseley regulator and a Breguet hairspring, was originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch company in 1925, in Elgin, Illinois. In October of this same year, the Pittsburgh Pirates won their second world series title, defeating the Washington Senators.
It’s so hard not to fall in love with this watch’s unique, golden dial. We added a gold-plated crown to accent its incredible color and a diamond-like-coated titanium case to make it pop. The subtle texture you see on the dial, which seems crisp and clean at first glance, is worth taking a closer look at. Full moon hands with a rustic look and beautiful blue color contrast perfectly with the rest of the watch face. We added a black cordovan strap and gold-plated hardware to complement the dial without distracting from its stunning character.
This watch’s movement has all the hallmarks of a classic Waltham. A magnificent damaskeen pattern is carefully machined across the entire build plate, creating an additional sense of movement. A mix of 17 screw-set and friction-set jewels power these beautiful gold gears. A Breguet hairspring and brass balance wheel are at the heart of this movement, which was originally manufactured in 1935 in Waltham, Massachusetts. On May 30th of the same year, future Hall of Famer, Babe Ruth, played in his final Major League Baseball game. He played for the Boston Braves at the time, against the Phillies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Springfield 394 (SOLD)
This 1927 timepiece, originally from the Illinois Watch Company, is the perfect mix of rustic and luxury. We love its bold, golden numerals so we had to accent them with our gold-plated crown and hardware. The double-sunk dial features a unique, ornate pattern and the perfect amount of wear and tear. The dial, which shows the years of service this watch has been through, is going to be the perfect conversation starter. We completed the details of this stunner with brilliant blue, kite-shaped hands and a machined titanium case. There is something truly special about older dials that manage to showcase their age while still holding a magnificent shine.
The movement of this watch has some showing off to do of its own. Dramatic Geneva lines across the entire, ¾ build plate, a double roller escapement, brass balance wheel, and gold-plated gears help it do just that. This movement boasts 17 screw-set jewels and stainless steel hardware. On December 2 of the same year this watch was produced, The Ford Motor Company unveiled the Model A Automobile, 19 years after the debut of the Model T.