The Cleveland Railroad 004 (51mm)
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The Cleveland Railroad 004 (51mm)

Railroad Edition
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The Cleveland Railroad 004 (51mm)
The Cleveland Railroad 004 (51mm)
The Cleveland Railroad 004 (51mm)
The Cleveland Railroad 004 (51mm)
The Cleveland Railroad 004 (51mm)
The Cleveland Railroad 004 (51mm)
The Cleveland Railroad 004 (51mm)

Watch Description

The Cleveland Railraod 004 is the 4th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Cleveland Railroad" 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 Cleveland Railraod 004 Unique: Our 2nd pocket watch is here! Thank you all for the great feedback on the first one. For the 2nd one we decided to use the most famous pocket watch brand ever made... Ball. This original antique movement and dial is what's called a Ball-Hamilton. It was manufactured in 1948 by the Hamilton Watch Company under contract for Ball. If you didn't know, Webb C. Ball was one of the best marketing minds the watch industry ever saw. After a major train crash in Cleveland Ohio in the late 1800s, Webb started the Ball Watch Company. His goal was to be the best in the world and make watches that kept better time than any other. His success is shown in the fame of the brand even today. This is a great example of "The Official Railroad Standard" pocket watch. It'll definitely keep you "on the Ball..."

1948

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https://player.vimeo.com/video/441158683

Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Ball Watch Company. We call this model "The Cleveland" because the company was located within the Cleveland city limits.

Founded by Webb C. Ball in 1891, Ball Watch Company's watches focused on the railroad industry and had a reputation for quality that was second to none. Mr. Ball famously invented and implemented a standard set of watch inspections and requirements to qualify a watch for use on the railroad at a time when timekeeping was paramount to safety. This was known as a "Standard" or "Railroad Grade" watch. The core of the manufacturing for these watches was performed by Hamilton and Waltham Watch Companies, but the adjustment, finishing, and testing performed by Ball set them ahead of the pack. One of the few companies still in existence, Ball now makes watches in Switzerland and is owned by Hong Kong group Asia Commercial Holdings Ltd.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2020
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Diameter: 51mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Stainless Steel
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Ball Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind, Lever-Set
  • Jewels: 21 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

The Cleveland Railraod 004 is the 4th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Cleveland Railroad" 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 Cleveland Railraod 004 Unique: Our 2nd pocket watch is here! Thank you all for the great feedback on the first one. For the 2nd one we decided to use the most famous pocket watch brand ever made... Ball. This original antique movement and dial is what's called a Ball-Hamilton. It was manufactured in 1948 by the Hamilton Watch Company under contract for Ball. If you didn't know, Webb C. Ball was one of the best marketing minds the watch industry ever saw. After a major train crash in Cleveland Ohio in the late 1800s, Webb started the Ball Watch Company. His goal was to be the best in the world and make watches that kept better time than any other. His success is shown in the fame of the brand even today. This is a great example of "The Official Railroad Standard" pocket watch. It'll definitely keep you "on the Ball..."

1948

1b11273

https://player.vimeo.com/video/441158683

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