The Boston 478 (47mm)
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The Boston 478 (47mm)

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The Boston 478 (47mm)
The Boston 478 (47mm)
The Boston 478 (47mm)
The Boston 478 (47mm)
The Boston 478 (47mm)
The Boston 478 (47mm)
The Boston 478 (47mm)
The Boston 478 (47mm)
The Boston 478 (47mm)
The Boston 478 (47mm)

Watch Description

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.

Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Waltham Watch Company. We call this model "The Boston" because of the company's proximity to the city.

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: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 17148752
  • Manufacture Year: 1908
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
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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