The Red Rocks Limited Edition is a custom built watch based on the design of Vortic Watch Company's Red Rocks Hall of Fame Edition watches.
The Red Rocks Limited Edition is available for sale to the public and only 10 of each style (Bronzed or Blackened) will be available in the 2018 Edition. As featured in Denver's 5280 magazine, this watch is the perfect gift for any Red Rocks fan.
Part of the American Artisan Series by Vortic, this watch is built using an original antique pocket watch timepiece. The dial (face) of the watch was CNC milled from a block of steel in Vortic's Fort Collins, Colorado workshop.
The case is 3Dprinted titanium and has been heat treated to appear Bronze (Bronzed option) or Black (Blackened option). For the Bronzed option, the dial (face was also heat treated to appear bronze.
These watches are each custom built, one at a time, in Fort Collins, Colorado by Vortic's master craftsmen. The antique movements inside are manually wound and will keep time for about 30 hours on one wind. They are original antique Illinois pocket watch movements, specifically the 12size Illinois model 405. The movements were made sometime between 1910 and 1925 and each piece will be unique.
We found antique Illinois pocket watch movements that we couldn't use because their dials were too rusted or cracked. We thought they were goners, but then we thought... maybe we can make a dial?! We did. And if you've been following us for a while you might notice this is the first watch with our name on the face.
Milled from a disc of steel, these dials were designed, CNC milled, heat treated, and laser etched all inside our Fort Collins, CO manufacturing facility. We restored the original movements and hands of the pocket watches, applied our custom dials, and designed the rest of the watches to match the aesthetic.
Each watch will come with a certificate telling you the specific story of that pocket watch movement inside as well as everything you need to know about the watch. It will also come with a custom engraved watch box which can be personalized with your name at no additional cost (just like we do for the famous artists!).
Please contact us for additional information, but don't wait too long as these will go fast. Production and delivery will be 2-3 weeks from time of order.
Email (24/7): firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone (Monday to Thursday 7am to 6pm): 855-285-7884
You can read more about the Hall of Fame watches and Vortic's relationship with Colorado's infamous Red Rocks Amphitheater here:
- 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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