Your Weekly Roundup of watches is below, but first...
As you've likely noticed, we're constantly sold out of watches. Most people say it's a "good problem" though it is just as frustrating for us as it is for those of you who want to buy one. The catch? We need more watchmakers to restore the antique pocket watch movements we use in these wristwatches!
If you are an experienced watchmaker and love working on antiques, please reply to this email or fill out the form here. We're hiring for both in-house (we would relocate you to Fort Collins, Colorado) and remote contract work (you would need a professional clean room and facility of your own).
Keep an eye out here for different job openings as well. After we find a few more watchmakers we'll definitely need more help, especially in Engineering and Machining. These skilled trade jobs are more challenging to find nowadays!
Again, contact us by replying to this email or fill out our form on the Watchmaking page to get on our radar.
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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.
We happily present for today’s Watch of the Day our spectacular Springfield 427. Right away we are drawn in by this stunning gunmetal titanium case and stone strap, a wonderful way to show off this soft white dial and bold open-kite hands. The ornate details on the inside of the dial complement the look of these unique Arabic numerals. A bright nickel crown and stainless steel hardware complete the look and give a modern feel to this amazing antique. The movement of this watch begs to be shown off, with these fantastic Geneva lines that have been carefully machined into the entire build plate, creating a cohesive visual display.
Hiding beneath we are treated to rose-gold gears and a brass balance wheel featuring double-roller escapement. This watch features 21 beautiful jewels, screw-set with stainless steel hardware. The simplicity and class of this watch truly makes it stand out from others like it. Originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1927, the same year that Pan American Airlines was founded. Pan Am was known as the standard of luxury and class among international travel for the time, and we hope that this watch will continue to represent a high standard of luxury for years to come.
We welcome you to the beautiful Boston 378, an exquisite timepiece originally manufactured by the Waltham Watch Company in 1924. We love the look of this dial and the subtle aged features that give this antique watch a great deal of character. We wanted to keep the focus on the copper-colored numerals, and accented them with these amazing open-kite hands. Our gold-plated crown carries through the precious metal look, while the tone of this natural strap ties everything together nicely.
The inside of this watch is featured with a Royal Grade Waltham movement, adorned with 17 magnificent jewels. The intricate machining of the different build plates and surfaces keep visual interest exploring each and every detail inside this watch. Gold-plated gears beneath peak through and contrast the bright nickel elements throughout. January 25th of 1924, was the debut of the very first Winter Olympics. They took place in Chamonix, France in the French Alps.
Check out this fantastic timepiece from the Illinois Watch Company, our Springfield 425. We really enjoy the contrast of the different tones of this gold-colored dial to the dark black strap, matching our gold-plated crown. These dark numerals and complimenting minute indicators around the outer edge stand out nicely on the soft feel of the double-sunk dial. Our machined titanium case adds to the classy feel of this watch, sure to grab the attention of anyone who sees it.
The details on the inside of this movement are absolutely stunning, showing off the true craftsmanship of the era. Intricately machined throughout the bridge plate to display this radial outward pattern, accented by 17 screw-set jewels. Rose gold gears and a brass balance wheel can be seen hiding beneath the bridge plate, as well as the Autocrat badge, one of Illinois's high-end timepieces. This watch was originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1923. This was the same year that the very first 24 hours of Lemans took place in France, won by André Lagache and René Léonard.
We are proud to release this incredible timepiece from the Elgin National Watch Company, the Chicago 438. We are immediately drawn in by the rustic feel and aged dial within this watch, beautifully accompanied by our moss green strap. The darker gunmetal case blends perfectly with the tones of the numerals and rough wear around the edge of the dial. Our copper crown and hardware stand out and accent all the wonderful features of this watch nicely.
Once the movement inside is revealed, we find an absolutely pristine timepiece manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1927. The bridge plate has been intricately machined to show off the skills and craftsmanship of the time, adorned with 17 screw-set jewels throughout. The gold-plated gears and brass balance wheel shine through from beneath and add some nice elements of specialty metal and flare to the earth tones of this watch. This was also the same year as the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927, the largest river flood in American history. The flood affected over 16 million acres of land and displaced over 640,000 people.
We are happy to welcome you to the magnificent Springfield 423. Right away we were drawn to this movement with its wonderful radial sunburst style pattern on the dial. The worn numerals add to the intrigue of this watch, along with the single sunk second indicator from which the dial pattern bursts out. We went with our machined titanium case to blend well with the face and accented it with our gold-plated crown and hardware. The crimson strap ties everything together nicely, to give this watch a true turn-of-the-century feel.
We couldn't imagine a more perfect movement to complete this watch than the Autocrat grade 17 jewel watch. The radial pattern continues on the inside, carefully machined throughout the build plate. The copper inlaid text stands out against the nickel main plate, while underneath we find a very unique amount of wear and tear that truly helps tell the story of this watch. This watch was originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1919. This is also the first year of prohibition being ratified, outlawing the production of alcohol within the United States.