Why are all the Weekly Roundup watches sold out?!
Check out the images below for the Weekly Roundup of last week's Watch of the Day watches, but first, we have an explanation for you on all these sold watches... AND if you're in Colorado, come see us in Denver this weekend!
We've sent an email newsletter every Tuesday afternoon for over two years now. While we have Watch of the Day watches in production we call our newsletter the Weekly Roundup. This consistent weekly practice was one of the keys to our success throughout the 2020 pandemic, and we plan to continue sending emails every Tuesday... no matter what!
Our current capacity is to build five new watches every week for Watch of the Day. We hope to increase that capacity at some point, but for the time being we're having what most people call a "good problem." Our watches all sell very quickly!
If you're in the market for a Vortic watch, you can check out the website each day, Monday through Friday at 12pm Mountain time, for a chance to get your hands on a Watch of the Day. Otherwise, hang tight, and we'll let you know when we are ready to start accepting custom orders again (3-6 month lead times).
Scroll down to see today's watch, and click the button here to see what's currently available. As of 12pm today, we have three that are not sold!
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The Weekly Roundup
Here's your weekly round-up! 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!
This beautiful Elgin gives us roasted-coffee-in-the-morning feelings, with its perfectly aged dial and monochromatic cafe au lait tones. The eccentric numerals jump out at you with a shadow effect and their unique, angled shape. Sporting gothic style hands that complement the floral background, this watch has a way of showing off while still maintaining its understated aura. We sandblasted the titanium case to round out the look of the dial without overpowering it and topped it off with a gold-plated crown and natural band.
We love the way the movement has been carefully etched with such amazing detail. This is a beautiful example of an Elgin movement, with its unique bridge plate and signature regulator design. The 17 jewel screw set movement is powered by a Moseley regulator and a Breguet hairspring. This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1924 by the Elgin National Watch Company. 1924 also marks the very first year of the Winter Olympics. These Olympic games were held in Chamonix, France in a section of the French Alps.
The white dial and classic, dark Roman numerals caught our attention immediately. We love the look of this watch and how it manages to mix both modern and vintage styles. Subtle minute indicators around the outside of the numerals, as well as blued, steel, full moon hands comprise some of the stunning details of this timepiece. Nickel plated crown and hardware along with an olive strap and machined titanium case balance out the clean and modest look of this watch.
It’s difficult not to be enamored with the inside of its movement, with 17 screw set jewels on a ¾ plate bridge and Geneva lines machined all throughout. It’s certainly a sight to behold! Rose gold gears and a brass balance wheel with double roller escapement help keep this watch running perfectly. As the final touch, we adorned the Springfield 396 with stainless steel hardware throughout. This watch was originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1918. In the same year, President Woodrow Wilson sailed from the United States to France to attend the Paris Peace Conference. He became the very first President to travel to Europe during his time in the office.
It’s easy to see how well this crisp, clean, white dial partners with its black numerals and our machined titanium case. This dial somehow manages to maintain the feeling of an antique pocket watch while looking classically perfect for the modern world. We brought in a gold plated crown and gold hardware to match all of the details of the inside of the movement. Dark, navy straps complement the pronounced, full moon, blue steel hands.
The 17 jewel, ¾ plate movement pulls out all the stops with gold detail everywhere, down to the very last screw. Rose gold gears, brass balance wheel, and double roller escapement add to the visual brilliance of this Springfield movement. This is the type of watch that hides its character upon first glance, that is, until you take it off to show the visible movement and inner workings. We love a secret show stopper. This watch was originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1919. At the same time on the opposite side of the country, the University of California opened up its second campus in Los Angeles, known today as UCLA.
Often when we come across extremely high-quality movements, we try to keep them with their original dial and set them aside for special releases. This particular Elgin has a magnificent 23 Jewel movement with all the bells and whistles, intricately machined with ornate designs and pure sterling silver hardware. Made in a very low quantity run, only 3,000 of these movements were ever made. This particular batch contained only 1,000 in total. They paired this top-of-the-line movement with an incredibly special dial, which is 93.5 %, Sterling Silver.
We really love the combination of such gorgeous and eye-catching double sunk Silver details, surrounded by a more aged look around the gold numerals. A soft sandblasted titanium case continues the silver look of this watch, without taking too much attention away from this flashy dial. Natural strap, gold plated crown, and hardware finish off the fine details of this amazing timepiece.
Originally manufactured in 1898 in Elgin, Illinois, this watch is still working well in all its glory at over 123 years old! At the same time, New York City is becoming more of a prominent location on the East Coast and begins to absorb land from cities surrounding it to become Greater New York. Eventually splitting up the city into five separate boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
The Rockford Watch Company was established in 1873 on the Rock River, about 93 miles outside of Chicago. They focused on making very small runs of incredibly high-quality watches. The overall quantity of Rockford watches made is very small compared to other watch manufacturers that we use, which is why we love it when we can showcase these impressive watches. This watch in particular has so much character, partially due to its age (It’s over 110 years old!).
When we find watches with wear and tear on the dial, we like to celebrate it, rather than try to work around it. This watch tells stories of being passed through many different hands over the years, making it a perfect conversation piece. We paired the Rockford 038 with a machined titanium case to complement its crisp white dial and then added a crimson strap to accentuate the red, minute indicators around the outside of the numerals. Copper crown and hardware round off the fantastic details of this beautiful timepiece.
The 21 jewel movement is a real eye catcher, with the signature machined radial rays going outward from the center, as well as curved bridges holding the second and third escapements. Everything about this watch was meticulously detailed and manufactured, making it one of the most unique and impressive watches of its time. Originally manufactured in Illinois in 1910, this watch was one of only 2,000 total watches made by Rockford that year. Not far away at the same time, the very first air flight containing commercial freight flew from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio.
This fantastic Hamilton watch gave us the opportunity to showcase our sandblasted titanium case. The soft but polished case perfectly emphasizes the striking dark numerals and bold hands of the dial. It's all about the small details with this double-sunk dial, ornate central design, and small minute indicators around the outside of the numerals. Silver-plated crown and hardware with a stone strap give this watch a clean look without distracting from its flashy dial. The movement is run by 17 screw set jewels built into a large ¾ build plate, which has been intricately machined with bold geneva stripes and adorned with more steel hardware. This watch was originally manufactured in 1934 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In the same year, John Dillenger, a notorious bank robber, was at large. He broke out of jail in Indiana using a wooden pistol and quickly robbed another bank with his gang a week later in Iowa.