The Boston 401 (46mm)

The Boston 401 (46mm)

The Boston 401 (46mm)
The Boston 401 (46mm)
The Boston 401 (46mm)
The Boston 401 (46mm)
The Boston 401 (46mm)
The Boston 401 (46mm)
The Boston 401 (46mm)
The Boston 401 (46mm)
The Boston 401 (46mm)
The Boston 401 (46mm)

Watch Description

The American mechanism inside this watch is not a replica or an "inspired" piece. It was genuinely carried by an individual, 100 years ago, that depended on it. Each time you wear this watch, you will be transported through time, imagining who this individual was and the work they did to help build our country. Simply put, American Artisan Series watches make you feel something when you put them on. At Vortic, we tell customers that owning a watch isn't nearly as important as owning a story. And, this is an opportunity to be a part of a story that is bigger than yourself. You won't be the first to own this watch, and you certainly won't be the last, so make your chapter count.

The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements. Individuals commonly scrap pocket watch cases for their precious metal, leaving the original mechanism orphaned. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880's - 1950's) pocket watch made by Waltham Watch Company. We call this model "The Boston" because of the company's proximity to the city.

What makes the Boston 401 unique: We are so excited to finish off this week's watches with this absolutely stunning timepiece from the American Waltham Watch Company, our Boston 401. The Gunmetal Titanium case has such a bold and defined look that really makes this cream-colored dial jump out and grab your attention. The brown numerals and blued-steel full moon hands help to bring interest to this double sunk dial, while the intricate design in the center draws you in a little closer. We topped it off with a copper crown and hardware to match, then paired it with our Natural Leather watch strap to bring everything together nicely. This humble yet strong movement keeps it simple with friction-set jewels and minimal steel hardware, letting the gold-plated gears beneath really shine through. This intricately machined build plate catches your eye from all different angles and shows off the true quality craftsmanship of the time. The American Waltham Watch Company originally manufactured this piece in 1926 — the same year that the United States College Board administered the first SAT under the leadership of Carl Brigham. “SAT” originally served as an acronym for “Scholastic Aptitude Test,” but in 1997, the College Board declared that “Scholastic Aptitude Test” is not a fitting name for the contemporary test and declared that the SAT is no longer an acronym. The original test featured sections including arithmetic, paragraph reading, vocabulary definitions, logical inference tests, and more.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. After machining, we bake the case in a kiln for a specific interval before sandblasting for uniformity. Any imperfections at this stage will scrap the piece, but the result is a beautiful, slightly darker finish that we call gunmetal. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. Titanium has a darker look than steel, and due to its low thermal conductivity, feels warm to the touch. These characteristics create an enduring, highly wearable, distinctive piece.

Movement: The manually wound, antique, pocket watch movement inside this watch has been meticulously restored to as close to original condition as possible. Vortic has an exclusive group of highly experienced watchmakers that specialize in vintage watches. Before its use in a wristwatch, each movement is completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled, and calibrated. Each finished Vortic watch is tested for at least a week before completion.

This watch's movement is serial number 25413629 from the Waltham Watch Company. Also known as American Watch Company and American Waltham Watch Company, Waltham was one of the leaders in attempting an entirely new concept, machines making machines. Prior to this, a watchmaker would hand-make each part of a movement one-at-a-time. Operating from 1851-1957, Waltham called its product the "Scientific Watch." Waltham's innovative, precise machining techniques made parts interchangeable, and their early version of the assembly line made high-quality watches efficient to produce. Legend has it that Henry Ford drew inspiration for his assembly line production from a visit to Waltham's factory. Located on the bank of the Charles River in "Watch City" (Waltham), Massachusetts, the factory has since been converted to apartment lofts.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Gunmetal Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  25413629
  • Manufacture Year:  1926
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
It looks like it would have been right at home on the wrist of Indiana Jones! This watch is a showpiece as much as it is as unique timepiece!
—John from Indiana
After receiving the watch in the mail, I was surprised to see the watch somehow looked better in person than it did in the photos. I didn't think that would be possible!
—Mark from Massachusetts
The skeleton back is amazing and the packaging was perfect. To honor the past with details like this is truly impressive.
—Brad from Florida
I own so called "high end" watches such as Rolex, Panerai, and Zenith but they pale in comparison to my two Vortic models which I wear everyday to work.
—Todd from Ohio
What makes the Boston 401 unique: We are so excited to finish off this week's watches with this absolutely stunning timepiece from the American Waltham Watch Company, our Boston 401. The Gunmetal Titanium case has such a bold and defined look that really makes this cream-colored dial jump out and grab your attention. The brown numerals and blued-steel full moon hands help to bring interest to this double sunk dial, while the intricate design in the center draws you in a little closer. We topped it off with a copper crown and hardware to match, then paired it with our Natural Leather watch strap to bring everything together nicely. This humble yet strong movement keeps it simple with friction-set jewels and minimal steel hardware, letting the gold-plated gears beneath really shine through. This intricately machined build plate catches your eye from all different angles and shows off the true quality craftsmanship of the time. The American Waltham Watch Company originally manufactured this piece in 1926 — the same year that the United States College Board administered the first SAT under the leadership of Carl Brigham. “SAT” originally served as an acronym for “Scholastic Aptitude Test,” but in 1997, the College Board declared that “Scholastic Aptitude Test” is not a fitting name for the contemporary test and declared that the SAT is no longer an acronym. The original test featured sections including arithmetic, paragraph reading, vocabulary definitions, logical inference tests, and more.

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