The Rockford 038 (46mm)

The Rockford 038 (46mm)

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The Rockford 038 (46mm)
The Rockford 038 (46mm)
The Rockford 038 (46mm)
The Rockford 038 (46mm)
The Rockford 038 (46mm)
The Rockford 038 (46mm)
The Rockford 038 (46mm)
The Rockford 038 (46mm)
The Rockford 038 (46mm)
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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 Rockford Watch Company. We call this model "The Rockford" because the company was located in Rockford Illinois.

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 from the Rockford Watch Company. The Rockford Watch Company began operation in 1873 with equipment purchased from the Cornell Watch Company. Four hundred local businesses and individuals pledged $150,000 (over $3mil with inflation) of support to stimulate the growth of their town. The company struggled to keep up with demand early on, and eventually went bankrupt. Rockford was rejuvenated in 1901, but a major fire and lightning strike slowed the company further in 1903. By 1915 the company closed its doors, though the building still stands vacant.

The Rockford 038 is the 38th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Rockford" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Rockford 038 Unique: The Rockford Watch Company was established in 1873 on the Rock River, about 93 miles outside of Chicago. They focused on making very small runs of incredibly high-quality watches. The overall quantity of Rockford watches made is very small compared to other watch manufacturers that we use, which is why we love it when we can showcase these impressive watches. This watch in particular has so much character, partially due to its age (It’s over 110 years old!). When we find watches with wear and tear on the dial, we like to celebrate it, rather than try to work around it. This watch tells stories of being passed through many different hands over the years, making it a perfect conversation piece. We paired the Rockford 038 with a machined titanium case to complement its crisp white dial and then added a crimson strap to accentuate the red, minute indicators around the outside of the numerals. Copper crown and hardware round off the fantastic details of this beautiful timepiece. The 21 jewel movement is a real eye catcher, with the signature machined radial rays going outward from the center, as well as curved bridges holding the second and third escapements. Everything about this watch was meticulously detailed and manufactured, making it one of the most unique and impressive watches of its time. Originally manufactured in Illinois in 1910, this watch was one of only 2,000 total watches made by Rockford that year. Not far away at the same time, the very first air flight containing commercial freight flew from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio.  



Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Hands: Original
  • Strap: Leather


  • Original Manufacturer: Rockford Watch Company
  • Original Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21j
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
The skeleton back is amazing and the packaging was perfect. To honor the past with details like this is truly impressive.
—Brad from Florida
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
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

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