The Boston 460 (46mm)

The Boston 460 (46mm)

The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (46mm)
The Boston 460 (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 460 unique: Today, we’re excited to share another moving piece of history with you that was initially created in 1925 by the American Waltham Watch Company — the Boston 460. This watch features an exquisitely textured gray face set off by a striking machined-steel subdial, and the blue moon-shaped hands perfectly complement the golden numerals on the face. We have paired this stunning movement with our robust gunmetal titanium case and nickel-plated crown to let the original beauty of this watch shine. As you turn the watch over, you can view the gorgeous inner workings of this historic pocket watch. The elegantly engraved, nickel-finished ¾ plate features an intricate floral and geometric design that makes the back of the watch just as eye-catching as the face. In addition to the engraved pattern, this watch movement also features 17 sumptuous screw-set jewels and a Breguet hairspring. We also selected our stone leather strap for this watch to showcase its stunning grays.

In 1925 — the same year this watch was produced — Albert and Alfred Heineman built America’s first motel in San Luis Obispo, California, the Milestone Mo-tel. This “motorists hotel” revolutionized how people built roadside lodging by allowing motorists to park directly in front of their rooms. The Heineman brothers intended for the Milestone to be the prototype of an entire chain. However, the Great Depression prevented the brothers from finding investors, and they ultimately lost the property due to foreclosure. A night at the motel cost travelers $1.25/night, which would be around $21 by today’s standards.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. After machining, we bake the case in a kiln for a specific interval before sandblasting for uniformity. Any imperfections at this stage will scrap the piece, but the result is a beautiful, slightly darker finish that we call gunmetal. 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 24934121 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 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Gunmetal 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:  24934121
  • Manufacture Year:  1925
  • 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 460 unique: Today, we’re excited to share another moving piece of history with you that was initially created in 1925 by the American Waltham Watch Company — the Boston 460. This watch features an exquisitely textured gray face set off by a striking machined-steel subdial, and the blue moon-shaped hands perfectly complement the golden numerals on the face. We have paired this stunning movement with our robust gunmetal titanium case and nickel-plated crown to let the original beauty of this watch shine. As you turn the watch over, you can view the gorgeous inner workings of this historic pocket watch. The elegantly engraved, nickel-finished ¾ plate features an intricate floral and geometric design that makes the back of the watch just as eye-catching as the face. In addition to the engraved pattern, this watch movement also features 17 sumptuous screw-set jewels and a Breguet hairspring. We also selected our stone leather strap for this watch to showcase its stunning grays.

In 1925 — the same year this watch was produced — Albert and Alfred Heineman built America’s first motel in San Luis Obispo, California, the Milestone Mo-tel. This “motorists hotel” revolutionized how people built roadside lodging by allowing motorists to park directly in front of their rooms. The Heineman brothers intended for the Milestone to be the prototype of an entire chain. However, the Great Depression prevented the brothers from finding investors, and they ultimately lost the property due to foreclosure. A night at the motel cost travelers $1.25/night, which would be around $21 by today’s standards.

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