The Chicago 388 (47mm)
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The Chicago 388 (47mm)

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The Chicago 388 (47mm)
The Chicago 388 (47mm)
The Chicago 388 (47mm)
The Chicago 388 (47mm)
The Chicago 388 (47mm)
The Chicago 388 (47mm)
The Chicago 388 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 388 is the 388th 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 388 Unique: This dial is such an excellent mix of features. First you have the two-tone numerals that almost have a shadow effect, making them really pop off the face of the watch. Next you have the beautiful design around the center that almost looks like a rope pattern etched into the dial. Finally, there's just the right amount of patina, showing its age. The movement was original manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1926, which, fun fact, was the year the first weather map was televised. We have almost 100 years of TV weather!

1926

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https://player.vimeo.com/video/444347659

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: Copper
  • 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: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

The Chicago 388 is the 388th 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 388 Unique: This dial is such an excellent mix of features. First you have the two-tone numerals that almost have a shadow effect, making them really pop off the face of the watch. Next you have the beautiful design around the center that almost looks like a rope pattern etched into the dial. Finally, there's just the right amount of patina, showing its age. The movement was original manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1926, which, fun fact, was the year the first weather map was televised. We have almost 100 years of TV weather!

1926

28475537

https://player.vimeo.com/video/444347659

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