What to Expect from Vortic in 2022...
2022 will be a huge year for Vortic Watch Company! We can't wait to show you what's next.
First up, we're moving this spring to our new Fort Collins, Colorado headquarters, 324 Jefferson Street. This mixed-use building is perfect for us and with over 8,000 square feet, we have a ton of room to grow! Look out for an announcement of our Grand Opening sometime in the spring, and start planning your trips to visit us this summer.
It'll be a construction zone for a few months, but if you're driving through Old Town Fort Collins, look for our sign!
For now, these weekly emails are the best way to stay in the loop on all things Vortic Watch Company, but we have something special for you coming soon to YouTube... "Custer & Wolfe, Building A Watch Company." We're starting filming in about a month!
R.T. and Tyler will bring you behind the scenes and how it's made content, documenting how Vortic watches are built and the ups and downs of running an American manufacturing company. We'll also document all our new products and projects, announcing them on YouTube throughout the year.
Stay tuned... but for now, here are more one-of-a-kind watches!
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.
Today, we are excited to present this fantastic example from the American Waltham Watch Company — the Boston 418. Originally manufactured in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1900, this watch is both simple and powerful. The white dial features crisp black numbers with two striking cobalt hands, and our Machined Titanium case encloses the watch in a modern, rustic design, keeping the contents completely secure.
Moving to view the display back, this royal-grade watch is powered by 17 jewels, and the nickel gears work together to ensure accurate timekeeping. On the bridge plate, you’ll see the word ROYAL proudly engraved, signifying this watch was built with the highest quality. All the design elements are brought together with our Rye leather strap, giving the Boston 418 an antique but sophisticated look.
In the same year Waltham manufactured this watch, the Wright Brothers began their first manned glider flights in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1990.
Here we introduce this incredible piece from the Elgin National Watch Company — the Chicago 454. This watch features a classic single-sunk dial with crisp numerals and two cobalt blue watch hands. Originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois, in 1899, the subtle aging on the dial reminds us of how old this watch actually is and how well it’s been preserved through the last century. Our titanium case with Diamond Like Coating (DLC) finish and our Cordovan Black leather strap modernize the watch while keeping its history intact.
As we turn this watch over we are absolutely mesmerized by the fine details of this movement. Copper inlaid text throughout brings attention to all the different design elements, including this signature Moseley regulator with a very unique insignia that has been machined onto the surface. Rose-gold gears beneath and a brass balance wheel add to the precious metal details and let these 19 jewels shine. The nickel-plated gears, paired with the gold embellishments and inscriptions, create a stunning display of artistry and machinery wrapped up in one.
The same year this watch was produced in 1899, the St. Valentine’s Day blizzard swept across the United States, resulting in a snowy southern Florida and record-breaking, freezing temperatures.
We are excited to present this stunning piece from the Hamilton Watch Company — our Lancaster 116. Originally manufactured in 1931 by Hamilton, the Lancaster 116 features a stunning watch face design, sleek, gold-colored numerals, and an open-face back that reveals the intricate, rose gold gears. The Art Deco design on the dial reminds us of the sun — beautiful lines shoot from a golden sphere in a uniform fashion and our PVD Zircon Gold case only illuminates it further. This finish is achieved by vaporizing Zirconium Nitride and attracting it to the case with an electric current. The outcome is gold in color and is an incredibly durable scratch-resistant coating similar to our other PVD options.
Powered by 23 ruby/sapphire jewels in gold settings, this 922-grade "Masterpiece" movement is bold and powerful. When we take a look at the back, we see the nickel gears hard at work with the word MASTERPIECE engraved beautifully on the bridge plate. This engraving was only done on a select few watches and makes this movement astoundingly rare. Lastly, our Stout leather strap brings the whole design together, giving the watch a natural feel. This watch was originally produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1931 — the same year that the “Star-Spangled Banner” became the United State’s official national anthem.
This special release we are thrilled to bring you this incredible timepiece from the Hamilton Watch Company, our Lancaster 117. This watch is an absolute head turner that will demand attention from across the room. The reflective quality of the silver dial in combination with our machined titanium case will catch your eye immediately and brighten up any room. Gold-colored numerals along with our copper crown and hardware add even more flair and excitement to this beautiful watch.
The inside of this watch shows off just as much if not more than the front, with our signature open case back to peer inside. Copper inlaid text along with brass jewel settings and a brass balance wheel stand out from the bright nickel-plated build plates. Rose gold gears spin on these 23 immaculate jewels, that stand out and show off all throughout.
This watch was originally produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1925. In April of this year, F. Scott Fitzgerald published the timeless American novel “The Great Gatsby.” The book was not a commercial success the year it was produced, however has since then sold over 25 million copies. 15 million of those copies were sold to North America alone.
We are pleased to present the Springfield 458 — this incredible watch was originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company, and we were honored to give it back the life it once had. Our favorite elements of this watch include the bold type numbers, the subtle (but stunning) design in the dial, and the intricate nickel gears with bronze details. This is the perfect watch for anyone who wants a clean, modern look. Our black titanium case with diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating provides a sharp contrast with the white dial, and our Tobacco leather strap gives the watch a sophisticated look. The design in the center of the watch is delicate and intricate, with the ILLINOIS proudly stamped at the top.
Powered by 17 jewels, this 404-grade watch is powerful — each gear works together to track time with precision and beauty. In 1917, the same year Illinois manufactured this watch, the United States officially entered War World I, joining their allies against Germany. This period signaled a new era of change and modernism, and with it, came the base for our sleek Springfield 458.