The Chicago 486 (46mm)

The Chicago 486 (46mm)

The Chicago 486 (46mm)
The Chicago 486 (46mm)
The Chicago 486 (46mm)
The Chicago 486 (46mm)
The Chicago 486 (46mm)
The Chicago 486 (46mm)
The Chicago 486 (46mm)
The Chicago 486 (46mm)
The Chicago 486 (46mm)
The Chicago 486 (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 486 unique: We have an exquisite new watch to share with you today that was initially produced in 1920 by the Elgin Watch Company in Elgin, Illinois — the Chicago 486. This remarkable timepiece features a single-sunk dial with blue spade hands accompanying the watch’s elegant black numerals and subdial. The marbled face also contains an eye-catching, textured gold inlay that is complemented by our brand new bronzed titanium case and gold-plated crown. You can also view the extraordinary inner workings of this watch through our unique case. The movement features a going barrel, Breguet hairspring, and Mosely regulator. Additionally, the timepiece features glittering gold-plated gears and 17 splendid screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels. To top it off, we have paired the movement with a black leather watch band to further highlight the beauty of this one-of-a-kind piece.

1920 marked the beginning of the decade known as the “Roaring 20s.” America’s wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, which led to an increase in consumer culture. This era of consumerism bonded the country in many ways, including coast-to-coast advertising and the spread of chain stores that allowed people to buy the same products. One of the most purchased products in the country was the radio, and there were radios in more than 12 million households nationwide.

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 22295207 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:  22295207
  • Manufacture Year:  1920
  • 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 486 unique: We have an exquisite new watch to share with you today that was initially produced in 1920 by the Elgin Watch Company in Elgin, Illinois — the Chicago 486. This remarkable timepiece features a single-sunk dial with blue spade hands accompanying the watch’s elegant black numerals and subdial. The marbled face also contains an eye-catching, textured gold inlay that is complemented by our brand new bronzed titanium case and gold-plated crown. You can also view the extraordinary inner workings of this watch through our unique case. The movement features a going barrel, Breguet hairspring, and Mosely regulator. Additionally, the timepiece features glittering gold-plated gears and 17 splendid screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels. To top it off, we have paired the movement with a black leather watch band to further highlight the beauty of this one-of-a-kind piece.

1920 marked the beginning of the decade known as the “Roaring 20s.” America’s wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, which led to an increase in consumer culture. This era of consumerism bonded the country in many ways, including coast-to-coast advertising and the spread of chain stores that allowed people to buy the same products. One of the most purchased products in the country was the radio, and there were radios in more than 12 million households nationwide.

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