The Boston Railroad 030 is the 30th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Boston" 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 Boston Railroad 030 Unique: The Boston Railroad 030 is quite the unique piece with special historical significance. The movement is incredibly rare due to the immaculate USA engraving and the high cost of producing the up-down power reserve indicator, making it an example of the upper echelon of what Waltham made. This type of pocket watch would have only been used by a veteran railroad engineer for extremely important routes because the reserve feature ensured the watch was properly wound. A matte DLC titanium case enhances the pristine white dial, and the watch is powered by 23 jewels. The movement was produced in 1928, the same year The Boston Garden opens in Boston.
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Our mission is to preserve and enhance the legacy of manufacturing excellence in America. We believe that this legacy is highly relevant in the world of watch manufacturing because our goal is to marry form and function in a way that makes something beautiful that will last forever. American made pocket watches were of such a high quality and decoration that they evolved into more than just a way to tell time. They became traditional heirlooms to be inherited by future generations as a wedding gift or a coming of age treasure. Each piece tells a lively tale of what U.S. manufacturing meant in the past using an intricate language of decorated bridges, plates, gears, and springs. Today, we are restoring these pieces to their former glory and making them relevant again using the best of modern technology.
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 deal 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.