We Won! Again!
We have your weekly round-up below, but first... do you remember the Hamilton v Vortic federal lawsuit? Well, just a few days ago we found out that the SWATCH Group has decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court, and the lawsuit is officially and completely over!
Thank you to everyone who supported our David v Goliath battle. We couldn't have survived without the help of our customers. Hopefully, this 6 year-long legal battle will be the last of its kind for us and we can simply do what we love... make watches.
What a wonderful Holiday gift this is for us. Happy Holidays to you and yours. We hope you can celebrate with us!
Here's your Weekly Roundup!
The time is now (pun intended) to pick your one-of-a-kind Vortic Watch. Our team has been working hard to provide you with a variety of unique timepieces. Take a look, there's something for everyone!
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 tend to sell quickly.
For today’s Watch of the Day we bring you this beautiful watch from the Waltham Watch Company, our Boston 415. We love the look of this dial, with gold-colored hour indicators instead of using traditional numerals. The shape of the hands matches this look perfectly and makes for a gorgeous, vintage appearance. Some slight wear marks and aging give this watch a nice amount of character, topped off with this very clean gold-plated crown. A sandblasted titanium case and natural style strap bring some softness to the overall design and really sets this watch apart.
As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement that powers it, we are mesmerized by the craftsmanship and fine details that went into the manufacturing of this watch. A rare Riverside movement with 21 jewels, including a jeweled mainspring wheel with custom engraving. Waltham only produced 6,000 of these movements in this run, a very low run of these very high-end watches. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance keep everything on track, hiding beneath this large build plate that is secured with stainless steel hardware and press-fit jewel settings.
This watch was originally produced by the Waltham Watch Company in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1935. In January of this year, Amelia Earhart completed a successful solo flight from Hawaii to California. The trip was 2,408 miles and she became the first person to complete such a milestone.
Here we have this stunning timepiece from the Illinois Watch Company, our Springfield 455. We were immediately drawn to the blue numerals around the second hand as well as blue Illinois insignia and decided to pair it with our iridescent case. We absolutely love how the look came together, with these subtle gold-colored numerals that bring attention to the gold-plated crown. The movement inside of this watch is none other than the amazing Autocrat that has been inlaid with copper all throughout to bring visual interest to many of the design elements, as well as copper-raised settings for the 17 jewels. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel hide beneath this wonderfully designed bridge plate, while stainless steel hardware brings attention to all the different elements of this fantastic movement.
This watch was originally manufactured in Springfield, Illinois in 1916 by the Illinois Watch Company. Across the Atlantic Ocean on the other side of the world, WWI was in full swing and much of Europe was at war. On January 29 of this year, Paris was under attack from above as Germany was dropping bombs from their Zeppelins.
We gladly present to you this fantastic watch from the Elgin National Watch Company, our Chicago 450. This classic dial immediately stands out, with this elegant design in the center of the face that brings you in for a closer look. Surrounded by dark numerals that are accented by very unique heavy whip hands. Our machined titanium case with nickel-plated crown and hardware brings attention to the smaller details, with a black strap to tie everything together.
As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement within, we are amazed by the craftsmanship that created these intricate designs all across the different build plates. 17 screw-fit jewels stand out against the nickel-plated bridge, with gold-plated gears beneath. The Moseley regulator stands out on its own above the balance wheel, a calling card of Elgin’s design work. This movement was originally manufactured in 1919 in Elgin, Illinois, about an hour outside of Chicago. Oregon became the first state to implement a gasoline tax, placing a one-cent per gallon tax in place beginning in February of 1919.
This Watch of the Day we bring you this wonderful timepiece from the Illinois Watch Company, our Springfield 453. We love the look and feel of this dial with these incredibly unique numerals that have been worn down slightly to show some of the age of this watch. Full-moon hands stand out against this yellow-tinted face that pairs nicely with our gold-plated hardware. Everything sits inside our sandblasted titanium case, with a rye strap to tie everything together.
The gold-colored elements of this watch continue as we peer inside to take a better look at the movement. A brilliant spiral pattern has been carefully machined all across the different build plates, creating a feeling of movement for your eye to explore each and every piece inside. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel match the color scheme well, while stainless steel hardware and nickel-plated crown wheel and mainspring wheels stand out.
This watch was originally produced by the Illinois Watch Company out of Springfield, Illinois in 1917. In March of this year, the United States purchased the Danish West Indies from Denmark for $25 million, later to be known as the US Virgin Islands.
We proudly present this beautiful watch from the Waltham Watch Company, our Boston 412. We are immediately drawn in by these wonderful small flower decorative designs that are placed throughout the dial, pairing well with our gold-plated crown and hardware. These bold, full-moon hands stand out against this stark white face and bring attention to these classic numerals. We placed this watch inside our sandblasted titanium case and finished it off with a black cordovan strap.
As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement within, we are amazed by the level of craftsmanship that has created these amazing designs that carry our visual interest all around the different build plates. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel show through from beneath, with 17 press-fit jewels to keep everything turning on track nicely.
This watch was originally manufactured by the Waltham Watch Company in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1922. On February 9th of this year, Mauna Loa, Hawaii saw a very rare snowfall which shocked the residents. Many unprepared locals suffered from frostbite and a few ended up with permanent damage from this rare weather occurrence.