The Chicago 434 (46mm)

The Chicago 434 (46mm)

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The Chicago 434 (46mm)
The Chicago 434 (46mm)
The Chicago 434 (46mm)
The Chicago 434 (46mm)
The Chicago 434 (46mm)
The Chicago 434 (46mm)
The Chicago 434 (46mm)
The Chicago 434 (46mm)
The Chicago 434 (46mm)
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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.

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 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.

The Chicago 434 is the 434th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Chicago" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Chicago 434 Unique: We extend our showcase of Hunting Style watches this week by presenting this truly one-of-a-kind watch from the Elgin National Watch Company. In the early 1920s and 1930s, railroad companies began to set standards for timekeeping and pocket watches to qualify for service on the trains. One of these specifications was that the crown had to be at the 12 o'clock position. Because of this, watch companies made these conversion dials that let you turn your older Hunting Style watch into an open-face watch by rotating the movement by 90 degrees, placing the second indicator over at the 3 o'clock position, and thus moving the crown up to the top. This watch could then pass railroad standards and be used by conductors without having to purchase a whole new watch. This makes for quite an interesting story, as most older watches like this would not expect to see the second indicator in this position. We love how the gold-colored accents of this dial contrast this soft, worn face. We matched the dial with this sandblasted titanium case, as well as gold-plated hardware and crown. As you turn the watch over to view the movement, you might notice everything is shifted in a different orientation, showing off the unique shape of this ¾ plate and carefully machined design. This watch is powered by 17 screw-set jewels as well as gold-plated gears, and a Moseley regulator. A brass balance wheel with double roller escapement helps everything run smoothly all these years later. Originally produced by the Elgin National Watch Company as a Hunting Style pocket watch in 1916 in Elgin, Illinois. In July of this same year, a series of deadly shark attacks occurred on the shores of New Jersey from the same shark, resulting in the death of four. Later known as the Jersey Shore Shark Attacks of 1916, this eventually became the inspiration behind the story Jaws, created by Peter Benchley.

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Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Hands: Original
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Original Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Original Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
The skeleton back is amazing and the packaging was perfect. To honor the past with details like this is truly impressive.
—Brad from Florida
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
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

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