The Canton 023 (46mm)

The Canton 023 (46mm)

The Canton 023 (46mm)
The Canton 023 (46mm)
The Canton 023 (46mm)
The Canton 023 (46mm)
The Canton 023 (46mm)
The Canton 023 (46mm)
The Canton 023 (46mm)
The Canton 023 (46mm)
The Canton 023 (46mm)
The Canton 023 (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 Hampden Watch Company. We call this model "The Canton" because the company was located in Canton, Ohio.

What makes the Canton 023 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this sophisticated piece originally manufactured by the Hampden Watch Company in 1916 — the Canton 023. The antique watch boasts an elegant dial with a pristine white background, black hour numerals, and red minute numerals. The timepiece also has a matching double-sunk dial and gorgeous blue spade hands. We paired the Hampden Watch Company’s original pocket watch with our robust and stylish Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a nickel-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case features a transparent back, allowing you to view the pocket watch’s intricate and robust inner workings. It features a 307-grade open-face movement, a Hampden Star regulator, and a stunning parallel finish pattern. You can also see the watch’s robust and luxurious-looking gold-plated gears powered by 17 sumptuous screw-set jewels. Finally, we complemented the watch by pairing it with our artisan-crafted Stone leather watch strap. The Hampden Watch Company initially produced the pocket watch in Canton, Ohio, in 1916 — the same year as the Petticoat Revolution. On December 5, 1916, seven women secretly ran for office in Umatilla, Oregon, and won. Lola and Robert Merrick came up with the idea after becoming increasingly disillusioned with Umatilla’s local government. They invited seven women to a card game and suggested that they should run for office secretly. Laura Stockton Starcher successfully won the mayoral election against her husband, E.E. Starcher, who was also the incumbent. The seven elected women implemented many reforms that improved the town’s infrastructure. Unfortunately, Starcher suffered from a nervous breakdown after eight months in office and resigned, but Stella Paulu, one of the women who won a city council seat, replaced her and served until 1920. 

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 3468184 from the Hampden Watch Company. Although founded in 1877, Hampen's story truly begins after its purchase by John C. Dueber in 1886. Mr. Dueber was in the process of moving his Kentucky based watch case manufacturing company, and he ultimately decided to move both the case company and Hampden watch company to Canton, Ohio together. Housing both operations on one campus, Dueber was able to produce cases for their own watches, unlike any other watch company. These two companies together eventually formed the Dueber-Hampden Watch Company. The company thrived until the late 1920's when it hit financial trouble and eventually closed its doors. The original factory building is no longer standing.

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: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hampden Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3468184
  • Manufacture Year:  1916
  • 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 Canton 023 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this sophisticated piece originally manufactured by the Hampden Watch Company in 1916 — the Canton 023. The antique watch boasts an elegant dial with a pristine white background, black hour numerals, and red minute numerals. The timepiece also has a matching double-sunk dial and gorgeous blue spade hands. We paired the Hampden Watch Company’s original pocket watch with our robust and stylish Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a nickel-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case features a transparent back, allowing you to view the pocket watch’s intricate and robust inner workings. It features a 307-grade open-face movement, a Hampden Star regulator, and a stunning parallel finish pattern. You can also see the watch’s robust and luxurious-looking gold-plated gears powered by 17 sumptuous screw-set jewels. Finally, we complemented the watch by pairing it with our artisan-crafted Stone leather watch strap. The Hampden Watch Company initially produced the pocket watch in Canton, Ohio, in 1916 — the same year as the Petticoat Revolution. On December 5, 1916, seven women secretly ran for office in Umatilla, Oregon, and won. Lola and Robert Merrick came up with the idea after becoming increasingly disillusioned with Umatilla’s local government. They invited seven women to a card game and suggested that they should run for office secretly. Laura Stockton Starcher successfully won the mayoral election against her husband, E.E. Starcher, who was also the incumbent. The seven elected women implemented many reforms that improved the town’s infrastructure. Unfortunately, Starcher suffered from a nervous breakdown after eight months in office and resigned, but Stella Paulu, one of the women who won a city council seat, replaced her and served until 1920. 

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