The Chicago 483 (46mm)

The Chicago 483 (46mm)

The Chicago 483 (46mm)
The Chicago 483 (46mm)
The Chicago 483 (46mm)
The Chicago 483 (46mm)
The Chicago 483 (46mm)
The Chicago 483 (46mm)
The Chicago 483 (46mm)
The Chicago 483 (46mm)
The Chicago 483 (46mm)
The Chicago 483 (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 483 unique: Today, we're thrilled to feature this remarkably stunning and luxurious piece originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Chicago 483. This pocket watch boasts a magnificent dial with a breathtaking gilt center pattern and gold-colored numerals. The dial also features a matching gold-colored subdial and blue-steeled solid diamond kite hands. We complemented this sumptuous watch with our scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a gold crown. Our Machined Titanium case features an open back, enabling watch enthusiasts to view its 55-grade adaptable movement with a gilt finish that is sure to grab your attention. The movement also has robust and luxurious gold-plated gears powered by 17 jewels throughout its full plate. To top this piece off, we paired it with our comfortable Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap, making this one-of-a-kind timepiece even more unforgettable.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially produced the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year Al Capone became the head of "Big Jim" Colosimo's gang. Capone became involved in Colosimo's gang in 1920 through Colosimo's nephew (via marriage) Johnny Torrio. Later in 1920, an unknown assassin shot and killed "Big Jim" Colosimo, leaving Johnny Torrio with control of the gang. In 1925, a group attacked Torrio and his wife, and he suffered several gunshot wounds. After the attack, Torrio immediately resigned from the gang and left total control to Capone. When Torrio retired, the Chicago gang grossed around $70 million (over $1 billion in 2022) annually from bootlegging, gambling, and prostitution.

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 27866916 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 1-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
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  27866916
  • Manufacture Year:  1925
  • 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 483 unique: Today, we're thrilled to feature this remarkably stunning and luxurious piece originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Chicago 483. This pocket watch boasts a magnificent dial with a breathtaking gilt center pattern and gold-colored numerals. The dial also features a matching gold-colored subdial and blue-steeled solid diamond kite hands. We complemented this sumptuous watch with our scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a gold crown. Our Machined Titanium case features an open back, enabling watch enthusiasts to view its 55-grade adaptable movement with a gilt finish that is sure to grab your attention. The movement also has robust and luxurious gold-plated gears powered by 17 jewels throughout its full plate. To top this piece off, we paired it with our comfortable Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap, making this one-of-a-kind timepiece even more unforgettable.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially produced the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year Al Capone became the head of "Big Jim" Colosimo's gang. Capone became involved in Colosimo's gang in 1920 through Colosimo's nephew (via marriage) Johnny Torrio. Later in 1920, an unknown assassin shot and killed "Big Jim" Colosimo, leaving Johnny Torrio with control of the gang. In 1925, a group attacked Torrio and his wife, and he suffered several gunshot wounds. After the attack, Torrio immediately resigned from the gang and left total control to Capone. When Torrio retired, the Chicago gang grossed around $70 million (over $1 billion in 2022) annually from bootlegging, gambling, and prostitution.

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