Watch DescriptionWhat makes the Chicago 031 unique: Simple yet elegant seems to be Elgin's style, and this watch is no exception. Built originally in 1921, this movement has stood the test of time — over 100 years in fact. Now set in a stainless steel case, the Chicago 031 will see many more years to come.
Movement Manufacturer Information
The movement inside of this watch was made by Elgin Watch Company. We call this model "The Chicago" because of the company's proximity to the city.
Also known as Elgin National Watch Company, Elgin wasn't only the largest watch manufacturer in the United States, but the largest watch manufacturer in the world for almost 100 years, operating from 1864-1964. The company often used a depiction of father time on advertisements. At one point, the company was making 7,500 watch movements per week and had 2,300 employees. The factory was demolished in 1966 and replaced with a shopping center.
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- Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
- Model Year: 2023
- Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
- Case Dimensions:
- Diameter: 45mm
- Thickness: 12mm
- Lug to Lug: 55mm
- Lug Width: 22mm
- Case Material: Machined Stainless Steel
- Crown/Hardware: Stainless Steel
- Water Resistance: 1 ATM
- Crystals: Sapphire
- Case Back: Stainless Steel
- Strap: Leather
- Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
- Serial Number: 23276822
- Manufacture Year: 1921
- Function: Manual Wind
- Jewels: 17 Jewels
- Hands: Original
- Size: 12s
- Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
As soon as I saw the 2023 design, I knew that I needed take a shot at getting one. I set an alarm so I was ready to respond as soon as the email went out. I have worn it everyday since receiving the watch and it has worked like "clockwork". I multi-metal case and housing is very sharp. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Congrats to the Vortic team for their superior craftmenship and efforts around this watch.
What a pleasure. Must admit it was a rebound purchase when I failed to secure one of the Special Edition Military watches this year. That said it's a beautiful piece. A beautifully restored American antique pocket watch repackaged into a modern wrist watch. So much more meaningful that an expensive Swiss gadget.
I can’t say enough about the craftsmanship and overall aesthetics of the watch. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. It definitely is a conversation piece every time I wear it. The team at Vortic never ceases to amaze me. I hope to buy myself another one soon.
A beautiful piece of American history. And despite the fact that it is 100 years old, it still keeps excellent time. Over the first 10 days it lost no time compared to my phone. Fantastic craftsmanship from the vortic team, as well as the heritage movement, not to mention the lovely shell cordovan band.
I just found out about Vortic a couple months. I have a few watches in my collection, this is by far my favorite now. The history, the mechanical feel, hearing it tick… I love it!
I am very happy because I own one of these living antiques, some of which have completed 100 years, as if you were putting history on your wrist.
I live in Rockford, Illinois. I have been looking for a Rockford watch for some time and recently purchased a 45 mm watch from 1912. Finding this watch was truly a treat. The dial and casing is top notch and the band is very well made and comfortable. As a watch collector, and as someone who owns another Vortic, I am a very pleased repeat customer.
I think watchs like this with painting are beter than the others
Amazing watch! It's very stylish but doesn't look to flashy. Going to add a clasp to save some wear and tear on the strap.
Handsome, soft, and American made. This strap complements the classic look of the vortic watch perfectly. And it fits my enormous wrist. Bonus.
I’ve had my watch almost 3 years. With a 100 year old time piece you need to understand there will be bumps. About a year or two in the winding wasn’t as good but they serviced it and it works great. My daily wear for sure and a great conversation piece.
I love this smaller size Vortic Watch to add to my collection! I am thrilled to have the first batch of The Victory Watch series. Not only does the watch history, of each watch, interest me but now we have the history behind The Victory Watch series. See the Vortic Website for details!
Very happy w/ Military Wach! … It is a large watch but sits well on your wrist and frankly “is just really neat”! My father was in Army Air Corp in WWII, not a pilot, but was a maintenance / mechanic for B-29 bombers serving on Tinian & Saipan while the US bombed Japan. Great customer service from Vortic and great product.
I am blown away with how gorgeous this watch is. I've seen some Vortic watches at the Watch and Clock Museum, but it still didn't prepare me for what it was like to hold it in my hand. As I have a smaller wrist, I thought it may be too heavy or too large for me, but it wears smaller than you would expect and weighs less than my daily stainless diver with bracelet. They do an amazing job with these. I couldn't be more excited.
I love wearing my Elgin Chicago. Everyone ask about it and I love telling the story of the life of the time piece.
The engine that powers this watch is an antique American pocket watch movement. All the gears and springs that make it tell time are roughly 100 years old on average. We call these watches the American Artisan Series because we're celebrating the history and legacy of the artisan watchmakers who built this engineering marvel a century ago in the United States.
Today most pocket watches are scrapped for the gold or silver of the case (the outside of the antique timepiece), leaving the inside (what we call the "movement") as trash.
We take pride in upcycling these pieces of American history by salvaging as many as we can, then preserving them inside our wristwatches.
Our expert team of watchmakers restores the antique movement and then we manufacture a custom wristwatch case here in Fort Collins, Colorado.
We partnered with Worn & Wound to produce a custom set of straps for our American Artisan Series watches. We now have 15 different colors to choose from including our two Horween Shell Cordovan options. These straps are made in the USA and are based on the Windup Model 2 Premium strap that Worn and Wound offers.