The Boston 459 (46mm)

The Boston 459 (46mm)

The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (46mm)
The Boston 459 (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 459 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to feature a highly remarkable and memorable piece originally manufactured by the American Waltham Watch Company — the Boston 459. The watch’s eye-catching dial features a vintage image of a Pureoxia Ginger Ale, a now-defunct, Boston-based beverage producer. This antique piece also features bronze-colored numerals along with blue-tinted heavy moon watch hands. We encased this historic pocket watch within our stunning and robust Bronzed Titanium case, complementing the dial’s numerals, and equipped it with a nickel-plated crown. Our case features a clear back, enabling watch enthusiasts to view the brilliance of the pocket watch’s inner workings. The piece boasts a 1225-grade open-face movement with luxurious gold-plated gears. You can also view the watch’s Breguet hairspring and 17 sumptuous jewels throughout its bridge plate. To finish the piece, we paired it with our Moss leather watch strap, adding comfort and more style to this already-memorable historic watch.

It was not uncommon for these watch manufacturers to do small runs of special dials for companies and custom orders. Often, small companies would request a small run of watches with their branding on it to give out to its own employees, or would order a larger run of watches to sell at a smaller jewelry store with their own name on the watch. With this particular dial, we assume from our research that this is probably something that the Pureoxia company had made custom at an incredibly small quantity just for its own employees. We also found a very detailed map of the downtown Boston area where this beverage was served around town, so that you could find a local spot near you if you were looking for this particular brand.

The American Waltham Watch Company initially produced this pocket watch in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1924 — the same year the Wrigley Building skyscraper opened in Chicago. William Wrigley Jr. began the construction project in 1920 in order to create a headquarters for the Wrigley Company, which produces notable American gum brands, including Juicy Fruit and Hubba Bubba. Wrigley hired the architectural firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White to design the building. They combined a French Renaissance style with Seville Cathedral’s Giralda bell tower, located in Seville, Spain.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. 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 23528941 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
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  23528941
  • Manufacture Year:  1924
  • 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 459 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to feature a highly remarkable and memorable piece originally manufactured by the American Waltham Watch Company — the Boston 459. The watch’s eye-catching dial features a vintage image of a Pureoxia Ginger Ale, a now-defunct, Boston-based beverage producer. This antique piece also features bronze-colored numerals along with blue-tinted heavy moon watch hands. We encased this historic pocket watch within our stunning and robust Bronzed Titanium case, complementing the dial’s numerals, and equipped it with a nickel-plated crown. Our case features a clear back, enabling watch enthusiasts to view the brilliance of the pocket watch’s inner workings. The piece boasts a 1225-grade open-face movement with luxurious gold-plated gears. You can also view the watch’s Breguet hairspring and 17 sumptuous jewels throughout its bridge plate. To finish the piece, we paired it with our Moss leather watch strap, adding comfort and more style to this already-memorable historic watch.

It was not uncommon for these watch manufacturers to do small runs of special dials for companies and custom orders. Often, small companies would request a small run of watches with their branding on it to give out to its own employees, or would order a larger run of watches to sell at a smaller jewelry store with their own name on the watch. With this particular dial, we assume from our research that this is probably something that the Pureoxia company had made custom at an incredibly small quantity just for its own employees. We also found a very detailed map of the downtown Boston area where this beverage was served around town, so that you could find a local spot near you if you were looking for this particular brand.

The American Waltham Watch Company initially produced this pocket watch in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1924 — the same year the Wrigley Building skyscraper opened in Chicago. William Wrigley Jr. began the construction project in 1920 in order to create a headquarters for the Wrigley Company, which produces notable American gum brands, including Juicy Fruit and Hubba Bubba. Wrigley hired the architectural firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White to design the building. They combined a French Renaissance style with Seville Cathedral’s Giralda bell tower, located in Seville, Spain.

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