Chicago 188 (47mm)
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Chicago 188 (47mm)

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Chicago 188 (47mm)
Chicago 188 (47mm)
Chicago 188 (47mm)
Chicago 188 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 188 is the 188th 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 188 Unique: This watch is an excellent example of what Elgin Watch Company could do. The movement inside is not rare in any form, as it was mass produced by the pocket watch manufacturer, but the dial is still beautifully decorated and was likely not something produced in great numbers. Elgin made pocket watches for the masses, but still included originality of design for everyone!

1925

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https://player.vimeo.com/video/434868429

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 188 is the 188th 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 188 Unique: This watch is an excellent example of what Elgin Watch Company could do. The movement inside is not rare in any form, as it was mass produced by the pocket watch manufacturer, but the dial is still beautifully decorated and was likely not something produced in great numbers. Elgin made pocket watches for the masses, but still included originality of design for everyone!

1925

27061003

https://player.vimeo.com/video/434868429

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