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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.
The Railroad Edition. The Railroad Edition of Vortic’s American Artisan Series is a line of fully U.S. made wristwatches powered by restored, lever-set, Railroad Grade, pocket watch movements manufactured by one of the various great American watch companies. You can read more about what it means to be Lever Set and Railroad Grade here on our blog:
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 8-10 weeks on average unless a very specific or extremely custom option is chosen.
Movement Features (Heritage "Bring Your Own") - One option you always have with us for any product is to bring your own movement. We call these Commissioned or Heritage pieces as typically these are your Grandfather's or Grandmother's heirloom pocket watch. Bringing your own movement saves you some money as we do not have to search for the movement and find a particular one, especially on the more rare and higher grade versions. There's always the option of locating something for yourself on eBay or in an antique market, but keep in mind not all pocket watches can be converted, and this is a base price for something "standard." $2,000
Movement Features (Elgin "The Chicago") - One option in this pre-order is for an Elgin pocket watch dial and movement originally made in Elgin, Illinois.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. The most famous Elgin Railroad Grade pocket watch is the Father Time. $2,500
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Features (Waltham "The Boston") - One option in this pre-order is for an Waltham pocket watch dial and movement originally made in Waltham, Massachusetts.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. The most famous Waltham Railroad grade pocket watch is the Vanguard. $3,000
Movement Features (Illinois "The Springfield") - One option in this pre-order is for an Illinois pocket watch dial and movement originally made in Springfield, Illinois. We call it the Springfield to honor the original birthplace of the factory. The most famous Illinois railroad grade pocket watch is the Bunn Special. $3,500
Movement Features ("Rare & Limited") - The final option in this pre-order is for a Railroad grade pocket watch dial and movement originally made in of your choice made by one of the other great American watch companies. This could be a Rockford, Hampden, Hamilton, Ball, or something else. This excludes Up/Down indicator models and other extremely rare pieces that need to be one-off projects. $4,000
Case Features - The Railroad Edition features a fully milled titanium case with 3 pieces. The body, the back, and the bezel. The bezel is the piece that needs to be removed in order to set the time via the lever. You do so with a quarter turn cam-lock system made easy and beautiful by the coin edge design of the bezel. The case is 51mm in diameter, our largest option, due to the size of these pocket watch movements and the engineering that needs to fit inside each case.
Dial Features - The Great American watch companies produced many different styles of dial. The Railroad grade dials traditionally feature white enamel dials with big bold black numerals, but some feature other options that may be attractive. Please contact us for more details on those options.
Design Options - The Railroad Edition will have similar design options to our other American Artisan Series watches, but will feature the fully milled case and have a distinct look. Stay tuned for more updates about options. All Pre-Orders will include every single upgrade for FREE as well as a personal design consultation with our Founder, R.T. Custer.
Timeline - 8-10 weeks depending on the options chosen
QUESTIONS? - text us at 855-285-7884 or email us (email@example.com)
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- Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
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- Warranty: Vortic 2-Year Revolving Warranty
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- Water Resistance: 1 ATM
- Crystals: Anti-Fingerprint Gorilla Glass
- Case Back: Exhibition, Stainless Steel
- Strap: Leather
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- 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.
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