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"The Boston" 029 (46mm)

Regular price $2,382.00 Sale

This watch is one-of-a-kind. When it's sold, it's gone forever.

Watch Description


The "Boston 029" is the 29th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Boston" line of the American Artisan Series 2.0. Each AAS watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch made by one of the original great American watch companies. Vortic uses cutting edge technology to preserve an important part of United States history in a strikingly attractive and functional way.

This watch features a water-resistant, titanium 3D printed case with a raw finish. The 12 size movement correlates to Vortic's 46mm case diameter, and the movement is visible through the Gorilla Glass crystal of the exhibition style, stainless steel back. The open face configuration movement places the small seconds at 6 O'clock with the crown at 12 O'clock.

The original, blued steel, whipped spade style hands point to an excellent condition, double sunk, white enamel dial. The numerals are black, serifed Arabic numerals with a red 5-minute track in the margin. The style of text used for the Waltham brand is specific to their highest grade watches and is original to this movement.

Originally produced by the Waltham Watch Company in 1902, this "Riverside Maximus" grade movement is extremely rare. Most likely named for the location of Waltham's factory on the Charles River, the Riverside grade was the company's most popular. Waltham made over 25 models of the Riverside grade during their reign, and the Riverside was known for its masterful combination of performance and decoration without an overwhelming price tag. 

From a Waltham advertisement: "For the ordinary purposes of life [the Riverside grade] is probably the best choice from the world of watches. To give one is a compliment, to own one is a luxury."

This particular watch is a 21 jewel Maximus model which is near impossible to find. The movement has nickel plated bridges and main plate decorated with elegant damascening and checkered circular graining, decorated winding wheels, an overly jeweled gear train with gold jewel settings, a gold gear train, a Waltham starwheel regulator, an iconic Waltham split-plate design, and gilt lettering.

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Watch Specs

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Product Year: 2017
  • Warranty: Vortic 2-Year Revolving Warranty
  • Watch Dimensions: 
    • Diameter = 46mm
    • Height = 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug = 55mm
    • Lugs = 22mm
  • Case Finish: Raw Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Knurled Nickel
  • Crown Location: 12 O'Clock (Open Face)
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Anti-Fingerprint Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Exhibition, Stainless Steel
  • Hands: Original Blued Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement Specs

  • Original Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Company
  • Jewels: 21j
  • Size: 12s
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Power Reserve: 36-42 Hours
  • Finish: Nickel


Truly American MAde

2-Year Revolving Warranty

U.S. Watchmaking History
About Waltham Watch Company
About Vortic Watch Company

The United States has a rich history of manufacturing the best watches in the world. The greatest challenge for the watch industry is longevity, and these movements have passed the ultimate test of time by maintaining their integrity for over 100 years. Vortic is able to preserve the legacy of American watchmaking in the 21st century because of the unbelievable standard of quality that was commonplace during this era.

Many individuals are not aware that the United States was the leader in mechanical watch manufacturing during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Prior to this, watches were produced one-at-a-time and each part of a watch was made by one individual (mostly in England and Switzerland). The industry was not optimized to meet demand, and Americans seized the opportunity to manufacture watches in a new way that would encourage widespread use of timepieces, and pocket watches in particular.

American companies invented countless tools and machines for cutting metal parts that allowed them to make a superior product for a reduced price. Additionally, this advanced machinery developed for watch parts quickly spread to other industries. In fact, many believe that this is what led to America's reputation for industrial prowess in all forms during the 19th and 20th centuries. The original great American watch companies were known for their skill, craftsmanship, and ability to produce each part of a watch more efficiently, more accurately, and on a larger scale.

Eventually, the Swiss adopted American machinery with great success, and the introduction of cheap, disposable, battery-powered, quartz watches in the 1960's led to a rapid decline in demand for quality mechanical watches. The art of American watchmaking quickly vanished and each historic company was ultimately purchased by foreign investors.

Correctly pronounced "Walth-Ham," the Waltham Watch Company was founded by David Davis, Aaron Dennison, and Edward Howard in 1850 near Boston, Massachusetts. Originally named "Boston Watch Company," their vision was to manufacture superior quality watches at a lower cost by creating interchangeable parts.

Waltham is one of the first major companies to attempt producing a significant quantity of watches fully in-house. Production began in 1851 and the first watches were offered for sale to the public in 1853. The company was exploring innovative new ideas in watch manufacturing that required extensive tooling, and the huge financial burden resulted in a series of re-organizations. After building a factory in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1854, the name changed from "Tracy, Baker & Co." to "Appleton, Tracy & Co.” to "American Watch Company” and finally to "American Waltham Watch Company,” under which name the company produced millions of watch movements.

Waltham is known as one of the premier watch companies of their time, and Waltham watches are still commonly collected today. It is said that Henry Ford drew inspiration for his assembly line production of the Model T from Waltham's efficient manufacturing processes and Abraham Lincoln carried a William Ellery grade Waltham pocket watch. Waltham clocks and speedometers were even used in Rolls Royce and Ford automobiles as well as instrument panels of military aircraft during wartimes.

Waltham used "grade names" in addition to commonly used numbers to designate the grade of their watches, and they often chose the names of board members, company investors, or other prominent individuals. The grade name generally designates the model and level of finish of the watch. The more popular Waltham named grades were; P. S. Bartlett, William Ellery, Crescent Street, Colonial, Riverside, Central Park, Broadway, Vanguard, Bond Street, Sterling, Premier, Royal, and Maximus.
Waltham continued to manufacture watches until 1957 when they ceased all watch production and became the Waltham Precision Instrument Company. In 100 years of operation, the factory produced over 40 million jeweled watches.

The Vortic Watch Company is a high-end wristwatch engineering and manufacturing company based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Their inspiration lies in pairing classic watchmaking techniques and traditions with cutting-edge, modern technology.

After conceiving the company in Pennsylvania and attending Penn State, the founders relocated themselves and the business to Fort Collins, Colorado. The move was originally conducted to pursue career opportunities prior to full-time employment opportunity with Vortic. However, the pair fell in love with the location and decided to officially base the company in Fort Collins.

Since its founding, Vortic has been recognized by the likes of the New York Times, NPR, The Boston Globe, WatchTime Magazine, About Time magazine, and many other publications for their work in preserving United States history. Additionally, Vortic watches have been inducted to the NAWCC museum in Columbia, PA as well as the Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, MA.

The company is currently applying its product-focused attitude, unique aesthetics, and fresh ideas to creating additional products and perfecting their trade.