The Boston 468 (46mm)

The Boston 468 (46mm)

The Boston 468 (46mm)
The Boston 468 (46mm)
The Boston 468 (46mm)
The Boston 468 (46mm)
The Boston 468 (46mm)
The Boston 468 (46mm)
The Boston 468 (46mm)
The Boston 468 (46mm)
The Boston 468 (46mm)
The Boston 468 (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 468 unique: Today, we’re delighted to feature this one-of-a-kind pocket watch originally produced by the American Waltham Watch Company — the Boston 468. One of the many reasons why this antique piece is incredibly interesting and unique is its Morgan Motor Company logo on the dial. The British car manufacturer began in 1909, and they constructed the longest-running production car architecture with the Morgan steel chassis produced from 1936 to 2020. Many of the American watch companies did small runs of dials for private companies to re-sell or to give out to their employees. We assume that this was the case for this particular watch, which makes it even more rare and unique. In addition to Morgan Motor’s classic logo, the front of the watch also features aged-gold-colored numerals and blued steel heavy moon watch hands. We paired this historic watch with our robust Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can view the piece’s Royal-grade open-face movement with a patent regulator and Breguet hairspring. The watch’s rear also showcases stylish engravings reading “Royal” and “Waltham, Mass.” Finally, you can see the pocket watch’s bronze-plated gears powered by 17 jewels. We made this historic piece even more stunning and fashionable by equipping it with our artisan-designed Natural leather watch strap.

The American Waltham Watch Company originally manufactured this unique piece of American history in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1918 — the same year President Woodrow Wilson delivered his Fourteen Points speech to Congress, where he outlined key principles for negotiating peace to end World War I. President Wilson delivered his speech in January 1918, but the war raged on for several months until the Armistice of 11 November 1918.

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 22038520 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: Gunmetal Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  22038520
  • Manufacture Year:  1918
  • 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 468 unique: Today, we’re delighted to feature this one-of-a-kind pocket watch originally produced by the American Waltham Watch Company — the Boston 468. One of the many reasons why this antique piece is incredibly interesting and unique is its Morgan Motor Company logo on the dial. The British car manufacturer began in 1909, and they constructed the longest-running production car architecture with the Morgan steel chassis produced from 1936 to 2020. Many of the American watch companies did small runs of dials for private companies to re-sell or to give out to their employees. We assume that this was the case for this particular watch, which makes it even more rare and unique. In addition to Morgan Motor’s classic logo, the front of the watch also features aged-gold-colored numerals and blued steel heavy moon watch hands. We paired this historic watch with our robust Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can view the piece’s Royal-grade open-face movement with a patent regulator and Breguet hairspring. The watch’s rear also showcases stylish engravings reading “Royal” and “Waltham, Mass.” Finally, you can see the pocket watch’s bronze-plated gears powered by 17 jewels. We made this historic piece even more stunning and fashionable by equipping it with our artisan-designed Natural leather watch strap.

The American Waltham Watch Company originally manufactured this unique piece of American history in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1918 — the same year President Woodrow Wilson delivered his Fourteen Points speech to Congress, where he outlined key principles for negotiating peace to end World War I. President Wilson delivered his speech in January 1918, but the war raged on for several months until the Armistice of 11 November 1918.

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