The Boston 392 (46mm)

The Boston 392 (46mm)

The Boston 392 (46mm)
The Boston 392 (46mm)
The Boston 392 (46mm)
The Boston 392 (46mm)
The Boston 392 (46mm)
The Boston 392 (46mm)
The Boston 392 (46mm)
The Boston 392 (46mm)
The Boston 392 (46mm)
The Boston 392 (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 392 unique: For today’s special release of our Watch of the Day we decided to bring back a case option that we haven’t offered for quite some time, our iridescent titanium. Our team of specialists uses a number of different production techniques including a unique heat treatment to turn our sandblasted titanium case into this beautiful iridescent blue color. We love that we are able to have so many different options with the same case material, and are happy to have this color back after months of testing and perfecting the process to ensure the result that we are looking for. We picked this clean and classic-looking Waltham with its soft white dial to let the blue color really stand out, as well as these beautiful full moon-blued steel hands. A nickel crown and hardware throughout bring some visual points of interest, while this rye strap softens off and completes the look. As we turn the watch over to reveal the movement through our visible caseback, we are amazed by the intricate demaskeened patterns that have been carefully machined to the build plates. Gold-plated gears stand out against the nickel-plated elements of this movement, while the 17 press-fit jewels are scattered throughout and keep everything moving together nicely. This watch was originally manufactured in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1919 by the Waltham Watch Company. This is the same year that the 18th amendment to The Constitution was ratified, marking the beginning of prohibition in the United States. This continued until December of 1933 when the 21st amendment eventually repealed it.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. 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 23105291 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: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  23105291
  • Manufacture Year:  1919
  • 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 392 unique: For today’s special release of our Watch of the Day we decided to bring back a case option that we haven’t offered for quite some time, our iridescent titanium. Our team of specialists uses a number of different production techniques including a unique heat treatment to turn our sandblasted titanium case into this beautiful iridescent blue color. We love that we are able to have so many different options with the same case material, and are happy to have this color back after months of testing and perfecting the process to ensure the result that we are looking for. We picked this clean and classic-looking Waltham with its soft white dial to let the blue color really stand out, as well as these beautiful full moon-blued steel hands. A nickel crown and hardware throughout bring some visual points of interest, while this rye strap softens off and completes the look. As we turn the watch over to reveal the movement through our visible caseback, we are amazed by the intricate demaskeened patterns that have been carefully machined to the build plates. Gold-plated gears stand out against the nickel-plated elements of this movement, while the 17 press-fit jewels are scattered throughout and keep everything moving together nicely. This watch was originally manufactured in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1919 by the Waltham Watch Company. This is the same year that the 18th amendment to The Constitution was ratified, marking the beginning of prohibition in the United States. This continued until December of 1933 when the 21st amendment eventually repealed it.

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