The Chicago 471 (46mm)

The Chicago 471 (46mm)

The Chicago 471 (46mm)
The Chicago 471 (46mm)
The Chicago 471 (46mm)
The Chicago 471 (46mm)
The Chicago 471 (46mm)
The Chicago 471 (46mm)
The Chicago 471 (46mm)
The Chicago 471 (46mm)
The Chicago 471 (46mm)
The Chicago 471 (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 471 unique: Today, we’re pleased to present you this historic, one-of-a-kind piece initially produced by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1911 — the Chicago 471. This early 20th-century watch sports a breathtaking cream-colored dial with a sophisticated floral design in its center. The antique piece also features dark, stylized numerals and vivid blue hour and minute hands, and it also sports a subdial with a matching hand. We encased the historic pocket watch within our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case, which draws further attention to the watch’s elegantly-designed dial. On the back of the watch, you can view its breathtaking 347-grade open-face movement, which comes with a Moseley regulator, and a going barrel. The watch also features sumptuous gold-plated gears powered by 17 jewels atop its ¾ plate. We paired this exquisite watch with our artisan-designed Natural leather watch strap along with a gold-plated crown, emphasizing the watch’s distinguished style. The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured this piece in Elgin, Illinois, in 1911 — the same year that the Indianapolis 500 race began. The first race occurred on Decoration Day — now officially called Memorial Day — on May 30. Ray Harroun won the first Indy 500 race with a stylish Marmon automobile, which was an Indianapolis-based car manufacturer. Today, racing fans can view Harroun’s yellow “Wasp” Marmon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. We use pressurized, fine glass beads in a sandblasting chamber to soften the edges and make the finish uniform. 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 15800514 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: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  15800514
  • Manufacture Year:  1911
  • 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 471 unique: Today, we’re pleased to present you this historic, one-of-a-kind piece initially produced by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1911 — the Chicago 471. This early 20th-century watch sports a breathtaking cream-colored dial with a sophisticated floral design in its center. The antique piece also features dark, stylized numerals and vivid blue hour and minute hands, and it also sports a subdial with a matching hand. We encased the historic pocket watch within our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case, which draws further attention to the watch’s elegantly-designed dial. On the back of the watch, you can view its breathtaking 347-grade open-face movement, which comes with a Moseley regulator, and a going barrel. The watch also features sumptuous gold-plated gears powered by 17 jewels atop its ¾ plate. We paired this exquisite watch with our artisan-designed Natural leather watch strap along with a gold-plated crown, emphasizing the watch’s distinguished style. The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured this piece in Elgin, Illinois, in 1911 — the same year that the Indianapolis 500 race began. The first race occurred on Decoration Day — now officially called Memorial Day — on May 30. Ray Harroun won the first Indy 500 race with a stylish Marmon automobile, which was an Indianapolis-based car manufacturer. Today, racing fans can view Harroun’s yellow “Wasp” Marmon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

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