Chicago 343 (47mm)
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Chicago 343 (47mm)

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Chicago 343 (47mm)
Chicago 343 (47mm)
Chicago 343 (47mm)
Chicago 343 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 343 is the 343rd one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Chicago" 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 Chicago 343 Unique: This dial is nothing short of spectacular. If you’re a fan of pin stripe suits you probably already bought this watch and aren’t even reading this description. The numeral style is something we don’t see often, and have only seen on 12size Elgin dials. The shadow effect really makes the numbers pop. The 15 jewel movement was originally manufactured in 1925 by the Elgin Watch Company just outside Chicago, Illinois. 1925 was the year Chrysler Car Company was formed. Imagine driving a Chrysler down Main Street Chicago in the 1920s! This movement likely took a ride like that sometime in its life.

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Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Elgin Watch Company. We call this model "The Chicago" because of the company's proximity to the city.

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
  • Model Year: 2020
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 15 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

The Chicago 343 is the 343rd one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Chicago" 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 Chicago 343 Unique: This dial is nothing short of spectacular. If you’re a fan of pin stripe suits you probably already bought this watch and aren’t even reading this description. The numeral style is something we don’t see often, and have only seen on 12size Elgin dials. The shadow effect really makes the numbers pop. The 15 jewel movement was originally manufactured in 1925 by the Elgin Watch Company just outside Chicago, Illinois. 1925 was the year Chrysler Car Company was formed. Imagine driving a Chrysler down Main Street Chicago in the 1920s! This movement likely took a ride like that sometime in its life.

1925

27951275

https://player.vimeo.com/video/428557493

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