The Chicago 514 (46mm)

The Chicago 514 (46mm)

The Chicago 514 (46mm)
The Chicago 514 (46mm)
The Chicago 514 (46mm)
The Chicago 514 (46mm)
The Chicago 514 (46mm)
The Chicago 514 (46mm)
The Chicago 514 (46mm)
The Chicago 514 (46mm)
The Chicago 514 (46mm)
The Chicago 514 (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 514 unique: We’re happy to present to you this stunning wristwatch that features an antique pocket watch initially released by the Elgin National Watch Company —the Chicago 514. This remarkable piece boasts a cream-colored, single-sunk dial with a simple yet eye-catching center design and dark brown numerals with transparent drop shadows. The front of this handsome pocket watch also features a useful subdial and blued steel solid diamond kite watch hands. We complimented the watch’s unforgettable dial with our powerful, Machined Titanium case and a nickel-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case features an open back, allowing you to see the pocket watch’s original 345-grade open-face movement with 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels along with its sumptuous gold-plated gears. The movement also has a Going barrel, Quick train, Moseley regulator, Breguet hairspring, and ¾ plate. To top the piece off, we equipped it with our comfortable, hand-crafted Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap, making this one-of-a-kind piece even more unforgettable.

The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured this watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1924 — the same year that George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts. Long before becoming the 41st President of the United States in 1989, Bush Sr. served as naval aviator in the United States Navy. He enlisted on his 18th birthday in 1942, around seven months after the United States officially declared war on Japan, Germany, and Italy. Bush Sr. first saw combat in 1944 when the United States bombed Wake Island. Later that year, Bush was part of an operation to attack Japanese forces in Chichijima, when his aircraft was shot down. Fortunately, Bush exited his aircraft in time and was saved by the USS Finback. Tragically, the other American airmen who were shot down during the conflict were executed — four of which were cannibalized by Japanese officers — in what’s now known as the Chichijima incident. The Japanese Lieutenant General who ordered the executions, Yoshio Tachibana, was executed for his war crimes in 1947.

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 26133063 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: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  26133063
  • Manufacture Year:  1924
  • 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 514 unique: We’re happy to present to you this stunning wristwatch that features an antique pocket watch initially released by the Elgin National Watch Company —the Chicago 514. This remarkable piece boasts a cream-colored, single-sunk dial with a simple yet eye-catching center design and dark brown numerals with transparent drop shadows. The front of this handsome pocket watch also features a useful subdial and blued steel solid diamond kite watch hands. We complimented the watch’s unforgettable dial with our powerful, Machined Titanium case and a nickel-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case features an open back, allowing you to see the pocket watch’s original 345-grade open-face movement with 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels along with its sumptuous gold-plated gears. The movement also has a Going barrel, Quick train, Moseley regulator, Breguet hairspring, and ¾ plate. To top the piece off, we equipped it with our comfortable, hand-crafted Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap, making this one-of-a-kind piece even more unforgettable.

The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured this watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1924 — the same year that George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts. Long before becoming the 41st President of the United States in 1989, Bush Sr. served as naval aviator in the United States Navy. He enlisted on his 18th birthday in 1942, around seven months after the United States officially declared war on Japan, Germany, and Italy. Bush Sr. first saw combat in 1944 when the United States bombed Wake Island. Later that year, Bush was part of an operation to attack Japanese forces in Chichijima, when his aircraft was shot down. Fortunately, Bush exited his aircraft in time and was saved by the USS Finback. Tragically, the other American airmen who were shot down during the conflict were executed — four of which were cannibalized by Japanese officers — in what’s now known as the Chichijima incident. The Japanese Lieutenant General who ordered the executions, Yoshio Tachibana, was executed for his war crimes in 1947.

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