The Chicago 454 (46mm)

The Chicago 454 (46mm)

The Chicago 454 (46mm)
The Chicago 454 (46mm)
The Chicago 454 (46mm)
The Chicago 454 (46mm)
The Chicago 454 (46mm)
The Chicago 454 (46mm)
The Chicago 454 (46mm)
The Chicago 454 (46mm)
The Chicago 454 (46mm)
The Chicago 454 (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 454 unique: Today, we are so excited to introduce this incredible piece from the Elgin National Watch Company — the Chicago 454. This watch features a classic single-sunk dial with crisp numerals and two cobalt blue watch hands. Originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois, in 1899, the subtle aging on the dial reminds us of how old this watch actually is and how well it’s been preserved through the last century. Our titanium case with Diamond Like Coating (DLC) finish and our Cordovan Black leather strap modernize the watch while keeping its history intact. As we turn this watch over we are absolutely mesmerized by the fine details of this movement. Copper inlaid text throughout brings attention to all the different design elements, including this signature Moseley regulator with a very unique insignia that has been machined onto the surface. Rose-gold gears beneath and a brass balance wheel add to the precious metal details and let these 19 jewels shine. The nickel-plated gears, paired with the gold embellishments and inscriptions, create a stunning display of artistry and machinery wrapped up in one. The same year this watch was produced in 1899, the St. Valentine’s Day blizzard swept across the United States, resulting in a snowy southern Florida and record-breaking, freezing temperatures.

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 7498343 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: DLC Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  7498343
  • Manufacture Year:  1899
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 19j
  • 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 454 unique: Today, we are so excited to introduce this incredible piece from the Elgin National Watch Company — the Chicago 454. This watch features a classic single-sunk dial with crisp numerals and two cobalt blue watch hands. Originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois, in 1899, the subtle aging on the dial reminds us of how old this watch actually is and how well it’s been preserved through the last century. Our titanium case with Diamond Like Coating (DLC) finish and our Cordovan Black leather strap modernize the watch while keeping its history intact. As we turn this watch over we are absolutely mesmerized by the fine details of this movement. Copper inlaid text throughout brings attention to all the different design elements, including this signature Moseley regulator with a very unique insignia that has been machined onto the surface. Rose-gold gears beneath and a brass balance wheel add to the precious metal details and let these 19 jewels shine. The nickel-plated gears, paired with the gold embellishments and inscriptions, create a stunning display of artistry and machinery wrapped up in one. The same year this watch was produced in 1899, the St. Valentine’s Day blizzard swept across the United States, resulting in a snowy southern Florida and record-breaking, freezing temperatures.

Quality Straps

View Strap Options

Mission

Learn More About Vortic

American Made

Learn More About The American Artisan Series

Buy Now, Pay Later withAffirm Logo

0% APR for 6 Months