The Boston 478 (46mm)

The Boston 478 (46mm)

The Boston 478 (46mm)
The Boston 478 (46mm)
The Boston 478 (46mm)
The Boston 478 (46mm)
The Boston 478 (46mm)
The Boston 478 (46mm)
The Boston 478 (46mm)
The Boston 478 (46mm)
The Boston 478 (46mm)
The Boston 478 (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 478 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this stunning piece of American manufacturing history initially released by the American Waltham Watch Company in 1908 — the Boston 478. This watch boasts an exquisite enamel dial with stylish black hour numerals and blood-red minute numerals that look especially eye-catching against its immaculate white background. The front of the piece also features blued-steel fine spade watch hands and a useful matching subdial. We encased this sophisticated pocket watch within our robust Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can see its 230-grade open-face movement with a Breguet hairspring, Patent regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. The watch’s exhibition back reveals sumptuous gold-plated gears as well as 17 jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we matched this one-of-a-kind watch with our hand-crafted and comfortable Rye leather watch strap, making the final product even more unforgettable.

The American Waltham Watch Company originally manufactured the pocket watch in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1908 — the same year that Mother’s Day was first celebrated. Anna Jarvis created Mother’s Day with the help of merchant and former United States Postmaster General John Wanamaker (check out the Chicago 499 for more information on Wanamaker) after Jarvis’ mother passed away. The first Mother’s Day celebration was held in Andrew’s Methodist Episcipol Church in Grafton, West Virginia, and John Wanamker held a ceremony the same day in his Wanamaker’s store in Philadelphia. News spread of this celebration, and Jarvis began campaigning for the day to become a national holiday. In 1910, West Virginia recognized the holiday, and other states followed suit. The U.S. Congress then solidified the holiday on May 8, 1914 and declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day.

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 17148752 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: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  17148752
  • Manufacture Year:  1908
  • 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 478 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this stunning piece of American manufacturing history initially released by the American Waltham Watch Company in 1908 — the Boston 478. This watch boasts an exquisite enamel dial with stylish black hour numerals and blood-red minute numerals that look especially eye-catching against its immaculate white background. The front of the piece also features blued-steel fine spade watch hands and a useful matching subdial. We encased this sophisticated pocket watch within our robust Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can see its 230-grade open-face movement with a Breguet hairspring, Patent regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. The watch’s exhibition back reveals sumptuous gold-plated gears as well as 17 jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we matched this one-of-a-kind watch with our hand-crafted and comfortable Rye leather watch strap, making the final product even more unforgettable.

The American Waltham Watch Company originally manufactured the pocket watch in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1908 — the same year that Mother’s Day was first celebrated. Anna Jarvis created Mother’s Day with the help of merchant and former United States Postmaster General John Wanamaker (check out the Chicago 499 for more information on Wanamaker) after Jarvis’ mother passed away. The first Mother’s Day celebration was held in Andrew’s Methodist Episcipol Church in Grafton, West Virginia, and John Wanamker held a ceremony the same day in his Wanamaker’s store in Philadelphia. News spread of this celebration, and Jarvis began campaigning for the day to become a national holiday. In 1910, West Virginia recognized the holiday, and other states followed suit. The U.S. Congress then solidified the holiday on May 8, 1914 and declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day.

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