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Welcome to the American Artisan Series Watch Builder

Design your one-of-a-kind, 12size (46mm) American Artisan Series watch starting with an antique, American-made, pocket watch movement and dial. Each movement and dial combination is unique, and the pieces available are updated continuously, so come back often to check out new inventory!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a design consultation (free of charge), an associate at Vortic is available by phone at 855-285-7884 or by email at info@vorticwatches.com.

Learn more about the American Artisan Series HERE.

Customize these features to build your watch:
Dial/Movement
Case
Crown
Strap
Custom Engraving
Dial/Movement

American Artisan Series watches contain a manually wound, mechanical movement (timekeeping mechanism) and dial (face) from an antique, American-made pocket watch. Individuals commonly scrap pocket watch cases for their precious metal, leaving the original, approximately 100-year-old, mechanism orphaned. Vortic meticulously restores each timepiece to as close to original condition as possible. Watches with more jewels (jeweled gear bearings for longevity) tend to be of a higher quality and value.

Every watch is covered by Vortic's 2-year, comprehensive warranty.

All movements on this Watch Builder are 12size making them all fit in our 46mm case.

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Under $1499
$1499-$1999
$2000+
The Chicago
1912 Elgin 347 17j 12s 16157391
$1,695.00
The Springfield
1923 Illinois 405 17j 12s 4336411
$1,845.00
The Springfield
1923 Illinois 406 19j 12s 4178680
$2,495.00
The Springfield
1927 Illinois 405 17j 12s 4892936
$1,645.00
The Springfield
1926 Illinois Autocrat 17j 12s 4745541
$1,895.00
The Springfield
1926 Illinois 405 17j 12s 4767468
$1,895.00
The Springfield
1923 Illinois Autocrat 17j 12s 4337526
$1,745.00
The Springfield
1923 Illinois 405 17j 12s 4350419
$2,095.00
The Boston
1924 Waltham P.S. Bartlett 19j 12s 24630362
$1,895.00
The Boston
1909 Waltham 225 17j 12s 17755619
$1,695.00
The Springfield
1917 Illinois 405 17j 12s 3104343
$2,245.00
The Springfield
1921 Illinois 405 The Autocrat 17j 12s 3912089
$1,845.00
The Springfield
1925 Illinois 406 19j 12s 4650492
$2,195.00
The Chicago
1927 Elgin 345 17j 12s 29107800
$1,545.00
The Springfield
1917 Illinois 405 The Autocrat 17j 12s 3257401
$2,295.00
The Springfield
1927 Illinois 415 17j 12s 4973310
$1,895.00
The Chicago
1920 Elgin 384 17j 12s 22296922
$1,495.00
The Springfield
1918 Illinois Autocrat 17j 12s 3284785
$2,095.00
The Chicago
1926 Elgin 345 17j 12s 28571712
$1,495.00
The Chicago
1927 Elgin 315 15j 12s 29959599
$1,595.00
The Chicago
1908 Elgin 193 19j 12s 13068359
$1,795.00
The Springfield
1923 Illinois A. Lincoln 21j 12s 4210302
$2,495.00
The Springfield
1925 Illinois 405 17j 12s 4561314
$1,995.00
The Springfield
1923 Illinois 405 17j 12s 4453555
$1,995.00
The Springfield
1906 Illinois 255 17j 12s 1928660
$1,995.00
The Boston
1929 Waltham No. 239 19j 12s 27018912
$1,995.00
Case

3D printed American Artisan Series cases are grown, one thin layer at a time, using powdered titanium and a high power laser. Each case is lightly barrel-polished to remove sharp edges while maintaining a vintage-style finish on the exterior. The interior of the case is CNC machined for accuracy and water resistance.

Fully machined American Artisan Series cases are CNC milled from solid blocks of titanium or bronze. The titanium cases are much lighter than their bronze counterparts, but the bronze will take on a unique patina over time. Click HERE to learn more about bronze patinas.

All cases on this Watch Builder are for 12size (46mm) movements. If you'd prefer another size, check out our Store page, or send us an email.

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3D Raw Titanium
Out of Stock
Standard
The 3D printed, “Raw” titanium option is unchanged from the manufacturing process described above.
3D Bronzed Titanium
Out of Stock
Upgrade +$100
The 3D printed, “Bronzed” titanium option has been heat-treated to appear bronze in color. Note that each case is one-of-a-kind and slight variations from the preview are normal.
3D Blackened Titanium
Out of Stock
Upgrade +$100
The 3D printed, “Blackened” titanium option has been heat-treated and quenched in oil to appear black. Note that each case is one-of-a-kind and slight variations from the preview are normal.
Machined Bronze
Out of Stock
Upgrade +$200
Machined Bronze cases have been CNC milled from a solid block of aluminum bronze. The watch will arrive with a subtle patina like the preview. Over time, it will take on a distinct, one-of-a-kind patina that is influenced by your individual lifestyle.
Machined Titanium
Out of Stock
Upgrade +$300
Machined Titanium cases have been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. 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.
Machined DLC Black
Out of Stock
Upgrade +$500
A DLC or "Diamond Like Carbon" coating is applied to our machined titanium case to create a uniquely black finish. While in the family of PVD coatings, DLC provides a small amount of transparency that allows us to see machine marks and surface detail while still appearing black. This coating is extremely durable and represents the best we have to offer.
Crown

The crown (winding knob) is located at 12 O'clock due to the pocket watch movement's orientation. All American Artisan Series crowns are turned from a copper alloy in Colorado, then electroplated to achieve different finishes. The crown comes in two styles (round and knurled) and three finishes (raw copper, nickel, gold).

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Raw Copper
Standard
The raw copper crown will gain a dark patina over time as it interacts with oxygen in the air and oils on your skin.
Nickel
Upgrade +$20
This option has been electroplated with nickel to give it a lustrous, silvery finish.
Gold
Upgrade +$50
The electroplated gold crown is excellent for accenting features of the same color on many pocket watch dials.
Strap

Vortic's timeless leather straps are hand-crafted in the United States from domestically sourced leather. The standard strap features four different colors while the cordovan straps come in classic black or rich oxblood.

Horween's Shell Cordovan leather, tanned in Chicago, is highly sought after for its ability to take on character as it wears. The buckle is CNC machined at Vortic to match your crown finish selection.

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Natural
Standard
Black
Standard
Tan
Standard
Navy
Standard
Cordovan Black
Upgrade +$50
Cordovan Oxblood
Upgrade +$50
Custom Engraving

American Artisan Series watches may be personalized with laser engraving on the case back. If you are not interested in engraving you may skip this section.

Please enter the text that you would like engraved in the text box below. You will be contacted following the sale to confirm your selection.

NOTE - engraving will not appear on the watch preview

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Case Back
Upgrade +$100
Engrave the text of your choosing in one or two of the six sections on the case back. Each section allows up to 12 characters.
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Review your selected options below and click the add to cart button when you are ready to order. An associate at Vortic will provide periodic updates and images of the finished build for final approval prior to shipment. Please note this is our 12size (46mm) watch which is our most popular size.

Select each of your watch options to continue.

Normally it takes us a little over a month to build your custom watch, but occasionally it takes a few months to get a 100-year-old mechanism ready for your wrist.
Dial/Movement
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Case
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Crown
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Strap
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Custom Engraving
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