The Burlington 025 (46mm)

The Burlington 025 (46mm)

The Burlington 025 (46mm)
The Burlington 025 (46mm)
The Burlington 025 (46mm)
The Burlington 025 (46mm)
The Burlington 025 (46mm)
The Burlington 025 (46mm)
The Burlington 025 (46mm)
The Burlington 025 (46mm)
The Burlington 025 (46mm)
The Burlington 025 (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 025 unique: Today, we’re happy to showcase this stunning watch that features a pocket watch that’s over a century old — the Burlington 025. The Illinois Watch Company initially produced the pocket watch with the Burlington Watch Company trade name for the Babson Bros. Company in Chicago. The piece boasts a remarkable white dial with stylish black hour numerals and detailed black and red minute numerals. You can also see the dial’s eye-catching blued-steel spade and whip watch hands and a helpful subdial. We encased this antique within our protective and fashionable Gunmetal Titanium case, and we equipped it with a nickel-plated crown. Our Gunmetal Titanium case features a transparent rear side, revealing the watch’s 275-grade open-face movement with a Going barrel, False bridge, and double roller safety action. You can also see the movement’s stunning gold-plated gears and 21 sumptuous jewels throughout its large bridge plate. We completed the product with our comfortable and fashionable Cordovan Black leather watch strap, perfectly complementing the dial and case.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured this antique watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1921 — the same year that President Warren G. Harding officiated the first ceremony honoring the unknown soldiers who passed away in World War I. On Memorial Day of 1921, an unknown American serviceman was exhumed from a French cemetery. The USS Olympia brought the body back to the United States, and he lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda within the United States Capitol. On Armistice Day — now called Veteran’s Day in the United States — the unknown soldier was buried in the plaza of Memorial Amphitheater. In addition to being recognized for his service to the United States during World War I, the unknown serviceman was awarded the the British Victoria Cross, the French Legion of Honour, Médaille Militaire, Croix de Guerre, the Polish Virtuti Militari, the Romanian Virtutea Militara, the Italian Gold Medal for Bravery, and the Czechoslovakian War Cross.

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 3838722 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 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: DLC Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Burlington Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3838722
  • Manufacture Year:  1921
  • 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 025 unique: Today, we’re happy to showcase this stunning watch that features a pocket watch that’s over a century old — the Burlington 025. The Illinois Watch Company initially produced the pocket watch with the Burlington Watch Company trade name for the Babson Bros. Company in Chicago. The piece boasts a remarkable white dial with stylish black hour numerals and detailed black and red minute numerals. You can also see the dial’s eye-catching blued-steel spade and whip watch hands and a helpful subdial. We encased this antique within our protective and fashionable Gunmetal Titanium case, and we equipped it with a nickel-plated crown. Our Gunmetal Titanium case features a transparent rear side, revealing the watch’s 275-grade open-face movement with a Going barrel, False bridge, and double roller safety action. You can also see the movement’s stunning gold-plated gears and 21 sumptuous jewels throughout its large bridge plate. We completed the product with our comfortable and fashionable Cordovan Black leather watch strap, perfectly complementing the dial and case.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured this antique watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1921 — the same year that President Warren G. Harding officiated the first ceremony honoring the unknown soldiers who passed away in World War I. On Memorial Day of 1921, an unknown American serviceman was exhumed from a French cemetery. The USS Olympia brought the body back to the United States, and he lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda within the United States Capitol. On Armistice Day — now called Veteran’s Day in the United States — the unknown soldier was buried in the plaza of Memorial Amphitheater. In addition to being recognized for his service to the United States during World War I, the unknown serviceman was awarded the the British Victoria Cross, the French Legion of Honour, Médaille Militaire, Croix de Guerre, the Polish Virtuti Militari, the Romanian Virtutea Militara, the Italian Gold Medal for Bravery, and the Czechoslovakian War Cross.

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