The Burlington 017 (46mm)

The Burlington 017 (46mm)

The Burlington 017 (46mm)
The Burlington 017 (46mm)
The Burlington 017 (46mm)
The Burlington 017 (46mm)
The Burlington 017 (46mm)
The Burlington 017 (46mm)
The Burlington 017 (46mm)
The Burlington 017 (46mm)
The Burlington 017 (46mm)
The Burlington 017 (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 Burlington Watch Company. We call this model "The Burlington" because the company was located in Burlington, Illinois.

What makes the Burlington 017 unique: Today we have the pleasure of presenting to you the absolutely spectacular Burlington 017, a watch that is sure to stand out amongst the rest. This perfectly clean and bright white dial with stark black numerals immediately jumps out and catches your eye, with such a wonderfully modern feel from this watch that is just over 100 years old. The Burlington Watch Company was a mail-order company that had almost all of its watches contract built by the Illinois Watch Company out of Springfield Illinois. They weren’t around for a very long time, coming on to the scene around 1908 and only selling watches until the mid to late 1920s. Most of the watches that they made during this time were 16 size and Railroad Grade watches, typically 19 jewel or higher. So with that being said, we are elated when we find this 21 jewel 12 size watch from Burlington. They are truly a testament to the craftsmanship and are some of the best quality watches that came out of the Illinois factory at that time. As we turn the watch over to reveal the movement within we are first drawn in to notice the unique shape of this bridge that is similar to a lot of what Illinois was making, but definitely its own custom shape and design specific to the Burlington style. A beautiful aged patina has given the different layers and build plates sort of a soft brass hue, that plays well with the rose-gold gears and brass balance wheel. Everything about this watch is the highest of quality and craftsmanship and it shows when you take the time to explore the inside of this watch. Originally manufactured in 1920, this is the very same year that the Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially marking the end of World War I.

Case Style:Machined Titanium cases have been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. A DLC or "Diamond Like Carbon" coating is then applied to the case to create a uniquely black finish. While in the family of PVD coatings, DLC provides a small amount of transparency that allows us to see machine marks and surface detail while still appearing black. This coating is extremely durable and represents the best we have to offer.

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 3627123 from the Burlington Watch Company. The Burlington Watch Company is unique in the sense that it did not manufacture its own watches. Only operating from 1908-1925, the Illinois Watch Company actually produced the vast majority of Burlington brand watches. The company sold watches by mail order on credit with payment plans. The called themselves the anti-trust watch saying that other companies fixed prices and forced consumers to pay extra because of the middleman. Their goal was to make high-quality watches available to those who couldn't normally afford them.

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: DLC Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Burlington Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3627123
  • Manufacture Year:  1920
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21j
  • 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 Burlington 017 unique: Today we have the pleasure of presenting to you the absolutely spectacular Burlington 017, a watch that is sure to stand out amongst the rest. This perfectly clean and bright white dial with stark black numerals immediately jumps out and catches your eye, with such a wonderfully modern feel from this watch that is just over 100 years old. The Burlington Watch Company was a mail-order company that had almost all of its watches contract built by the Illinois Watch Company out of Springfield Illinois. They weren’t around for a very long time, coming on to the scene around 1908 and only selling watches until the mid to late 1920s. Most of the watches that they made during this time were 16 size and Railroad Grade watches, typically 19 jewel or higher. So with that being said, we are elated when we find this 21 jewel 12 size watch from Burlington. They are truly a testament to the craftsmanship and are some of the best quality watches that came out of the Illinois factory at that time. As we turn the watch over to reveal the movement within we are first drawn in to notice the unique shape of this bridge that is similar to a lot of what Illinois was making, but definitely its own custom shape and design specific to the Burlington style. A beautiful aged patina has given the different layers and build plates sort of a soft brass hue, that plays well with the rose-gold gears and brass balance wheel. Everything about this watch is the highest of quality and craftsmanship and it shows when you take the time to explore the inside of this watch. Originally manufactured in 1920, this is the very same year that the Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially marking the end of World War I.

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