Watch - The "Boston 047" is the 47th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Boston" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch features a water-resistant, titanium 3D printed case with a raw titanium finish and a knurled, gold crown. The mechanics of the restored 1935 Waltham No. 1217 movement are visible through the Gorilla Glass crystal of the exhibition style, stainless steel back.
Dial - The original, blued steel, "moon" style hands point to an excellent condition metal dial with the inscription "ASK THE MAN WHO OWNS ONE" where the brand would normally be. This is referring to a famous advertising campaign by Packard Motor Cars that started around 1901. The inscription is contained within an outline of Packard's iconic radiator shell. This watch most likely accompanied the purchase of a car to a wealthy buyer or was given to a Packard employee as a gift. The numerals are angled and san serif with a black minute track in the margin.
Movement Info - Originally produced by the Waltham Watch Company in 1935, this "No. 1217" grade movement was produced fairly late in the company's lifetime.
From a vintage Waltham advertisement: "When you own a Waltham watch, the mechanical perfection of its parts insures you accurate time and the lowest possible up-keep cost of any watch made today."
Movement Features - This manually wound movement has nickel plated bridges and main plate decorated with elegant damascening and circular graining, a fully jeweled gear train (17 jewels), and a 3/4 plate bridge design.
Original Serial: 28744993
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- Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
- Product Year: 2017
- Warranty: Vortic 2-Year Revolving Warranty
- Watch Dimensions:
- Diameter = 46mm
- Height = 12mm
- Lug-to-Lug = 55mm
- Lugs = 22mm
- Case Finish: Raw Titanium
- Crown/Hardware: Knurled Gold
- Crown Location: 12 O'Clock (Open Face)
- Water Resistance: 1 ATM
- Crystals: Anti-Fingerprint Gorilla Glass
- Case Back: Exhibition, Stainless Steel
- Hands: Original Blued Steel
- Strap: Leather
- Original Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Company
- Jewels: 17j
- Size: 12s
- Function: Manual Wind
- Power Reserve: 36-42 Hours
- Finish: Nickel
Vortic's mission is to salvage, restore, and preserve an important part of United States history. Today, beautiful antique pocket watch mechanisms are often cast aside when their original case is scrapped for precious metal value. American pocket watches were made with an incredible level of quality. So, after 100 years, many simply need a little patience from a skilled individual to make them run like new. Vortic fully restores these mechanisms and builds them into wristwatches to make them functional again and to preserve them for another 100+ years.
Truly American MAde
We feel proud and blessed to live in the country, state, and city that we do. However, our motivation to build everything in the United States, and to source locally whenever possible, is derived from a different source of inspiration. We believe that the close relationships, face-to-face interaction, and tight quality control we achieve while dealing domestically produces a truly superior product. Because of this, we are very transparent about where our components are made as we continue to build our in-house capabilities.
2-Year Revolving Warranty
Vortic's 2-Year Revolving Warranty gives individuals the opportunity to warranty their watch for a lifetime. We exist in a throw-away society and we believe that's not right. The mechanisms inside our watches and the watch cases we build around them were made to last forever if taken care of. That is why our 2-year warranty re-starts when your watch is serviced by Vortic.
The United States has a rich history of manufacturing the best watches in the world. The greatest challenge for the watch industry is longevity, and these movements have passed the ultimate test of time by maintaining their integrity for over 100 years. Vortic is able to preserve the legacy of American watchmaking in the 21st century because of the unbelievable standard of quality that was commonplace during this era.
Many individuals are not aware that the United States was the leader in mechanical watch manufacturing during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Prior to this, watches were produced one-at-a-time and each part of a watch was made by one individual (mostly in England and Switzerland). The industry was not optimized to meet demand, and Americans seized the opportunity to manufacture watches in a new way that would encourage widespread use of timepieces, and pocket watches in particular.
American companies invented countless tools and machines for cutting metal parts that allowed them to make a superior product for a reduced price. Additionally, this advanced machinery developed for watch parts quickly spread to other industries. In fact, many believe that this is what led to America's reputation for industrial prowess in all forms during the 19th and 20th centuries. The original great American watch companies were known for their skill, craftsmanship, and ability to produce each part of a watch more efficiently, more accurately, and on a larger scale.
Eventually, the Swiss adopted American machinery with great success, and the introduction of cheap, disposable, battery-powered, quartz watches in the 1960's led to a rapid decline in demand for quality mechanical watches. The art of American watchmaking quickly vanished and each historic company was ultimately purchased by foreign investors.
Correctly pronounced "Walth-Ham," the Waltham Watch Company was founded by David Davis, Aaron Dennison, and Edward Howard in 1850 near Boston, Massachusetts. Originally named "Boston Watch Company," their vision was to manufacture superior quality watches at a lower cost by creating interchangeable parts.
Waltham is one of the first major companies to attempt producing a significant quantity of watches fully in-house. Production began in 1851 and the first watches were offered for sale to the public in 1853. The company was exploring innovative new ideas in watch manufacturing that required extensive tooling, and the huge financial burden resulted in a series of re-organizations. After building a factory in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1854, the name changed from "Tracy, Baker & Co." to "Appleton, Tracy & Co.” to "American Watch Company” and finally to "American Waltham Watch Company,” under which name the company produced millions of watch movements.
Waltham is known as one of the premier watch companies of their time, and Waltham watches are still commonly collected today. It is said that Henry Ford drew inspiration for his assembly line production of the Model T from Waltham's efficient manufacturing processes and Abraham Lincoln carried a William Ellery grade Waltham pocket watch. Waltham clocks and speedometers were even used in Rolls Royce and Ford automobiles as well as instrument panels of military aircraft during wartimes.
Waltham used "grade names" in addition to commonly used numbers to designate the grade of their watches, and they often chose the names of board members, company investors, or other prominent individuals. The grade name generally designates the model and level of finish of the watch. The more popular Waltham named grades were; P. S. Bartlett, William Ellery, Crescent Street, Colonial, Riverside, Central Park, Broadway, Vanguard, Bond Street, Sterling, Premier, Royal, and Maximus.
Waltham continued to manufacture watches until 1957 when they ceased all watch production and became the Waltham Precision Instrument Company. In 100 years of operation, the factory produced over 40 million jeweled watches.
The Vortic Watch Company is a high-end wristwatch engineering and manufacturing company based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Their inspiration lies in pairing classic watchmaking techniques and traditions with cutting-edge, modern technology.
After conceiving the company in Pennsylvania and attending Penn State, the founders relocated themselves and the business to Fort Collins, Colorado. The move was originally conducted to pursue career opportunities prior to full-time employment opportunity with Vortic. However, the pair fell in love with the location and decided to officially base the company in Fort Collins.
Since its founding, Vortic has been recognized by the likes of the New York Times, NPR, The Boston Globe, WatchTime Magazine, About Time magazine, and many other publications for their work in preserving United States history. Additionally, Vortic watches have been inducted to the NAWCC museum in Columbia, PA as well as the Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, MA.
The company is currently applying its product-focused attitude, unique aesthetics, and fresh ideas to creating additional products and perfecting their trade.
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