The American Artisan Series by Vortic Watch Company. Antique American made pocket watch movements, dials, and hands salvaged from being scrapped with their gold or silver case and mounted into custom built wrist watch cases. Preserved for another 100 years, these watches house a piece of American history. Each and every piece in the series is 100% American made and completely one of a kind. When this watch sells, it’s gone forever.
This is a Pre-Order - Due to high demand for this new size we are offering pre-orders only and will work with each customer on a one-on-one basis to ensure you get exactly what you want from this custom built wrist watch. Delivery timelines are based on the options chosen, but will be 4-6 weeks on average unless a very specific or extremely custom option is chosen.
Movement Features (Elgin "The Chicago") - One option in this pre-order is for an Elgin pocket watch dial and movement originally made in Elgin, Illinois. We call it the Chicago as Elgin is a suburb of the Windy City. Elgin produced both 15jewel and 17jewel models. You may choose which you'd prefer in the dropdown menu.
From a Vintage Elgin advertisement: "The watch by which the hour-to-hour progress of this remarkable age is timed. Used by men of action - women of initiative - people who don't stop."
Movement Features (Waltham "The Boston") - One option in this pre-order is for an Waltham pocket watch dial and movement originally made in Waltham, Massachusetts. We call it the Boston as Waltham is a suburb of the city which is still actually called "Watch City" due to the number of watches that Waltham originally produced. Waltham produced both 15jewel and 17jewel models.
From a Vintage Waltham advertisement: "When you own a Waltham watch, the mechanical perfection of its parts insures you accurate time and the lowest possible up-keep cost of any watch made today."
Dial Features - Elgin and Waltham produced 4 main dial styles for the 0size pocket watch movements. They are shown in one of the images above. You will be able to select your dial during your design consultation after purchase. A very limited number of metal and other dials were produced. Please contact us for more details on those options.
Crown Features - Elgin and Waltham produced 0size movements in both Open Face (12 o'clock) and Hunting (3 o'clock) variations. You can select which you'd prefer in the dropdown menu on this product. Please note that we have limited availability in these options and some options are exponentially more rare than others, impacting the price.
Design Options - The new 0size (36mm) watches can be fully customized with all the same options we offer on our Watch Builder. You can schedule a personalized design consultation with our founder if preferred and we will walk you through all the available variations. You can also let us choose based on your ideas of style. You can see all the options in the final picture of this product.
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- Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
- Product Year:
- Warranty: Vortic 2-Year Revolving Warranty
- Watch Dimensions:
- Case Finish:
- Crown Location:
- Water Resistance: 1 ATM
- Crystals: Anti-Fingerprint Gorilla Glass
- Case Back: Exhibition, Stainless Steel
- Strap: Leather
- Original Manufacturer:
- Function: Manual Wind
- Power Reserve: 36-42 Hours
Vortic's mission is to salvage, restore, and preserve an important part of United States history. Today, beautiful antique pocket watch mechanisms are often cast aside when their original case is scrapped for precious metal value. American pocket watches were made with an incredible level of quality. So, after 100 years, many simply need a little patience from a skilled individual to make them run like new. Vortic fully restores these mechanisms and builds them into wristwatches to make them functional again and to preserve them for another 100+ years.
Truly American MAde
We feel proud and blessed to live in the country, state, and city that we do. However, our motivation to build everything in the United States, and to source locally whenever possible, is derived from a different source of inspiration. We believe that the close relationships, face-to-face interaction, and tight quality control we achieve while dealing domestically produces a truly superior product. Because of this, we are very transparent about where our components are made as we continue to build our in-house capabilities.
2-Year Revolving Warranty
Vortic's 2-Year Revolving Warranty gives individuals the opportunity to warranty their watch for a lifetime. We exist in a throw-away society and we believe that's not right. The mechanisms inside our watches and the watch cases we build around them were made to last forever if taken care of. That is why our 2-year warranty re-starts when your watch is serviced by Vortic.
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.
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.
Use the watch builder tool to design and order your own custom built American Artisan Series watch.