The Chicago 517 (46mm)

The Chicago 517 (46mm)

The Chicago 517 (46mm)
The Chicago 517 (46mm)
The Chicago 517 (46mm)
The Chicago 517 (46mm)
The Chicago 517 (46mm)
The Chicago 517 (46mm)
The Chicago 517 (46mm)
The Chicago 517 (46mm)
The Chicago 517 (46mm)
The Chicago 517 (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 517 unique: Today, we’re excited to showcase this splendid watch that was initially released by the Elgin National Watch Company a century ago — the Chicago 517. This watch features a single-sunk, gold-colored dial with stunning blued-steel solid diamond kite watch hands and a handsome center design. The front of the watch also features stylish black numerals with transparent drop shadows and a glimmering subdial. We matched this impressive pocket watch with our robust Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown, making the product even more distinct and eye-catching. Our Bronzed Titanium case boasts a transparent back, allowing you to view the pocket watch’s original 345-grade open-face movement with 17 screw-set ruby & sapphire jewels as well as its gold-plated gears. The movement is also made up of notable details, including its Going barrel, Moseley regulator, Breguet hairspring, and ¾ plate. Finally, we tied the piece together with our comfortable Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap.

The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured the Chicago 517’s pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1922 — the same year that Perfect Pictures released The Power of Love, the first three-dimensional film. The way in which filmmakers achieved the three-dimensional effect was by using a red-and-green anaglyph system. Because the film was silent, the audience could view two different endings depending on which lens they looked through at the conclusion of the film. Unfortunately, the 3D version of the film was only screened once and is now considered lost, meaning the film’s prints aren’t part of any collection and cannot be found. The 2D version of the film was renamed Forbidden Lover and was re-released in 1923, but that version is also now lost.

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 24765403 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:  24765403
  • Manufacture Year:  1922
  • 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 517 unique: Today, we’re excited to showcase this splendid watch that was initially released by the Elgin National Watch Company a century ago — the Chicago 517. This watch features a single-sunk, gold-colored dial with stunning blued-steel solid diamond kite watch hands and a handsome center design. The front of the watch also features stylish black numerals with transparent drop shadows and a glimmering subdial. We matched this impressive pocket watch with our robust Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown, making the product even more distinct and eye-catching. Our Bronzed Titanium case boasts a transparent back, allowing you to view the pocket watch’s original 345-grade open-face movement with 17 screw-set ruby & sapphire jewels as well as its gold-plated gears. The movement is also made up of notable details, including its Going barrel, Moseley regulator, Breguet hairspring, and ¾ plate. Finally, we tied the piece together with our comfortable Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap.

The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured the Chicago 517’s pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1922 — the same year that Perfect Pictures released The Power of Love, the first three-dimensional film. The way in which filmmakers achieved the three-dimensional effect was by using a red-and-green anaglyph system. Because the film was silent, the audience could view two different endings depending on which lens they looked through at the conclusion of the film. Unfortunately, the 3D version of the film was only screened once and is now considered lost, meaning the film’s prints aren’t part of any collection and cannot be found. The 2D version of the film was renamed Forbidden Lover and was re-released in 1923, but that version is also now lost.

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