The Chicago 114 (46mm)

The Chicago 114 (46mm)

The Chicago 114 (46mm)
The Chicago 114 (46mm)
The Chicago 114 (46mm)
The Chicago 114 (46mm)
The Chicago 114 (46mm)
The Chicago 114 (46mm)
The Chicago 114 (46mm)
The Chicago 114 (46mm)
The Chicago 114 (46mm)
The Chicago 114 (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 Elgin Watch Company. We call this model "The Chicago" because of the company's proximity to the city.

What makes the Chicago 114 unique: For today’s release, we are very excited to showcase this incredibly unique timepiece from the Elgin National Watch Company, our Chicago 114. This dial is truly one-of-a-kind with wonderfully detailed birds of paradise in the center of the dial. The level of craftsmanship displayed in the manufacturing of this watch is awe-inspiring and is part of why we love what we do, bringing new life to these old watches. The shadow numerals jump off of the face, bringing contrast to the shimmer of the case and dial that is sure to grab the attention of an entire room. A simple black band and nickel crown are the smaller details that let the rest of the watch show off nicely. As we turn this watch over to discover the movement within, we are amazed by the natural patina that has begun to show the age of this watch over time. Adorned with 17 screw set jewels and stainless steel hardware throughout. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel show from beneath the build plate, adding to the visual appeal of this beautiful movement that was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1923. As we approach Fall we find ourselves celebrating all of the wonderful accomplishments of this summer. The Autumn Equinox marks the date and time of when the sun crosses the equator from the Northern Hemisphere into the Southern Hemisphere, as we begin the transition into Fall here in Colorado. Many different cultures around the world celebrate this time in a number of different ways and traditions throughout the centuries. For us, we enjoy the celebration of time and transition, taking the old and making it new again. We see this as a time to reflect on the good things that came before, and the great things still to come.

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 25874581 from the Elgin Watch Company. 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.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Warranty: Full 2-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: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  25874581
  • Manufacture Year:  1923
  • 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 Chicago 114 unique: For today’s release, we are very excited to showcase this incredibly unique timepiece from the Elgin National Watch Company, our Chicago 114. This dial is truly one-of-a-kind with wonderfully detailed birds of paradise in the center of the dial. The level of craftsmanship displayed in the manufacturing of this watch is awe-inspiring and is part of why we love what we do, bringing new life to these old watches. The shadow numerals jump off of the face, bringing contrast to the shimmer of the case and dial that is sure to grab the attention of an entire room. A simple black band and nickel crown are the smaller details that let the rest of the watch show off nicely. As we turn this watch over to discover the movement within, we are amazed by the natural patina that has begun to show the age of this watch over time. Adorned with 17 screw set jewels and stainless steel hardware throughout. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel show from beneath the build plate, adding to the visual appeal of this beautiful movement that was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1923. As we approach Fall we find ourselves celebrating all of the wonderful accomplishments of this summer. The Autumn Equinox marks the date and time of when the sun crosses the equator from the Northern Hemisphere into the Southern Hemisphere, as we begin the transition into Fall here in Colorado. Many different cultures around the world celebrate this time in a number of different ways and traditions throughout the centuries. For us, we enjoy the celebration of time and transition, taking the old and making it new again. We see this as a time to reflect on the good things that came before, and the great things still to come.

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