Our First Pocket Watch for Independence Day (July 4th, 2020)

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Our first pocket watch, and the Watch of the Day for Independence Day!

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We get this question a lot… “do you guys make pocket watches?” And for years the answer was, “well, we actually salvage pocket watch movements and make them into wristwatches.”

But now we can proudly say, yes… we do make pocket watches! Our press release headline is, “Vortic turns a pocket watch into a pocket watch!”


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But why turn a pocket watch into... a pocket watch?

Because people ask us all the time if we can make them a pocket watch, or if they can keep their family heirloom in its original form. Also, to our knowledge, this is the 1st pocket watch Made in USA since Hamilton went out of business in 1969!

If all that's even partially true, we think that makes it an Independence Day worthy item, but definitely let us know what you think.

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We salvaged an antique Elgin Railroad grade pocket watch movement, dial, and hands, just like we always do, but this time we manufactured a case without lugs. Part of our Railroad Edition, this special pocket watch case is cut from a block of bronze specifically for this Father Time movement.


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It’s lever set, so it has our special removable bezel to access the setting safety mechanism while still protecting the dial using our Gorilla Glass Crystals. It has an exhibition case-back just like all our watches, and when the bezel is on, it’s fully water resistant! Complete with a vintage chain, this is the ultimate pocket watch for any Vortic collector.


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We just made one, and like all our watches, it’s a one-of-a-kind, unique piece so when it’s sold, it’s gone forever. If we get good feedback, we may or may not make more of them, but we definitely won’t make very many.

Happy Independence Day!


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