The Boston 382 (46mm)

The Boston 382 (46mm)

The Boston 382 (46mm)
The Boston 382 (46mm)
The Boston 382 (46mm)
The Boston 382 (46mm)
The Boston 382 (46mm)
The Boston 382 (46mm)
The Boston 382 (46mm)
The Boston 382 (46mm)
The Boston 382 (46mm)
The Boston 382 (46mm)

Watch Description

The American mechanism inside this watch is not a replica or an "inspired" piece. It was genuinely carried by an individual, 100 years ago, that depended on it. Each time you wear this watch, you will be transported through time, imagining who this individual was and the work they did to help build our country. Simply put, American Artisan Series watches make you feel something when you put them on. At Vortic, we tell customers that owning a watch isn't nearly as important as owning a story. And, this is an opportunity to be a part of a story that is bigger than yourself. You won't be the first to own this watch, and you certainly won't be the last, so make your chapter count.

The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements. Individuals commonly scrap pocket watch cases for their precious metal, leaving the original mechanism orphaned. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880's - 1950's) pocket watch made by Waltham Watch Company. We call this model "The Boston" because of the company's proximity to the city.

What makes the Boston 382 unique: Today we are very excited to release this truly special timepiece from the Waltham Watch Company, our Boston 382. This watch is actually one of the oldest watches we have ever created, with the original production date being 1896. We are not surprised to see the Roman Numerals on this watch as it was a more common design feature for watches prior to 1900, however, the combination of Arabic numerals as minute indicators around the outer edge is a very nice touch. We chose these beautiful burgundy open-spade hands and our merlot strap to compliment the red of the dial and truly love how it turned out. A copper crown and hardware completes the look and ties everything together perfectly inside of our sandblasted titanium case. As we turn this watch over to reveal the gears inside, we are absolutely astonished by the quality and condition of this incredibly old timepiece. All of these intricate patterns machined into the build plate were created using a Rose-Engine lathe and we love how the design keeps your eye moving all around the entire piece continuously. Underneath we see the gold-plated gears that keep everything moving correctly, pivoting on 17 screw set jewels. A nice visual balance of nickel-plating and precious metals helps this watch stand out and is a testament to the craftsmanship of the time. In April of 1896, the very first iteration of the modern era Olympic Games was held in Athens, Greece. 14 nations participated in the events, with 241 athletes. The United States of America was the only country outside of Europe to compete and ended up taking home the most gold medals with 11.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. We use pressurized, fine glass beads in a sandblasting chamber to soften the edges and make the finish uniform. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. Titanium has a darker look than steel, and due to its low thermal conductivity, feels warm to the touch. These characteristics create an enduring, highly wearable, distinctive piece.

Movement: The manually wound, antique, pocket watch movement inside this watch has been meticulously restored to as close to original condition as possible. Vortic has an exclusive group of highly experienced watchmakers that specialize in vintage watches. Before its use in a wristwatch, each movement is completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled, and calibrated. Each finished Vortic watch is tested for at least a week before completion.

This watch's movement is serial number 7695169 from the Waltham Watch Company. Also known as American Watch Company and American Waltham Watch Company, Waltham was one of the leaders in attempting an entirely new concept, machines making machines. Prior to this, a watchmaker would hand-make each part of a movement one-at-a-time. Operating from 1851-1957, Waltham called its product the "Scientific Watch." Waltham's innovative, precise machining techniques made parts interchangeable, and their early version of the assembly line made high-quality watches efficient to produce. Legend has it that Henry Ford drew inspiration for his assembly line production from a visit to Waltham's factory. Located on the bank of the Charles River in "Watch City" (Waltham), Massachusetts, the factory has since been converted to apartment lofts.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  7695169
  • Manufacture Year:  1896
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
It looks like it would have been right at home on the wrist of Indiana Jones! This watch is a showpiece as much as it is as unique timepiece!
—John from Indiana
After receiving the watch in the mail, I was surprised to see the watch somehow looked better in person than it did in the photos. I didn't think that would be possible!
—Mark from Massachusetts
The skeleton back is amazing and the packaging was perfect. To honor the past with details like this is truly impressive.
—Brad from Florida
I own so called "high end" watches such as Rolex, Panerai, and Zenith but they pale in comparison to my two Vortic models which I wear everyday to work.
—Todd from Ohio
What makes the Boston 382 unique: Today we are very excited to release this truly special timepiece from the Waltham Watch Company, our Boston 382. This watch is actually one of the oldest watches we have ever created, with the original production date being 1896. We are not surprised to see the Roman Numerals on this watch as it was a more common design feature for watches prior to 1900, however, the combination of Arabic numerals as minute indicators around the outer edge is a very nice touch. We chose these beautiful burgundy open-spade hands and our merlot strap to compliment the red of the dial and truly love how it turned out. A copper crown and hardware completes the look and ties everything together perfectly inside of our sandblasted titanium case. As we turn this watch over to reveal the gears inside, we are absolutely astonished by the quality and condition of this incredibly old timepiece. All of these intricate patterns machined into the build plate were created using a Rose-Engine lathe and we love how the design keeps your eye moving all around the entire piece continuously. Underneath we see the gold-plated gears that keep everything moving correctly, pivoting on 17 screw set jewels. A nice visual balance of nickel-plating and precious metals helps this watch stand out and is a testament to the craftsmanship of the time. In April of 1896, the very first iteration of the modern era Olympic Games was held in Athens, Greece. 14 nations participated in the events, with 241 athletes. The United States of America was the only country outside of Europe to compete and ended up taking home the most gold medals with 11.

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