The Burlington 021 (46mm)

The Burlington 021 (46mm)

The Burlington 021 (46mm)
The Burlington 021 (46mm)
The Burlington 021 (46mm)
The Burlington 021 (46mm)
The Burlington 021 (46mm)
The Burlington 021 (46mm)
The Burlington 021 (46mm)
The Burlington 021 (46mm)
The Burlington 021 (46mm)
The Burlington 021 (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 Burlington Watch Company. We call this model "The Burlington" because the company was located in Burlington, Illinois.

What makes the Burlington 021 unique: Today, we are thrilled to present this masterpiece from the Illinois Watch Company — the Burlington 021. Originally manufactured in 1923 by the Illinois Watch Company, the Burlington 021 features a speckled dial design, Roman bold-type numbers, and a clear display case that reveals the intricate stainless steel gears with bronze details. The etched and faded type numbers bring out the vibrant blue hands of the timepiece. Our Machined Titanium case complements the bright blue hands magnificently, giving them a brilliant shine. Powered by 21 jewels, this 275-grade timepiece has an incredibly durable and scratch-resistant coating. Lastly, our Natural leather strap brings this exceptional timepiece together, accentuating the bold numbers and blue hands even further. This watch was originally produced in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year that Ethyl gasoline was 1st marketed in Dayton, Ohio. The introduction of Ethanol as an additive in gasoline helped to oxygenate the gas, burning the fuel completely when driving. The use of this gasoline led to cleaner emissions and ultimately led to better air quality.

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 4330282 from the Burlington Watch Company. The Burlington Watch Company is unique in the sense that it did not manufacture its own watches. Only operating from 1908-1925, the Illinois Watch Company actually produced the vast majority of Burlington brand watches. The company sold watches by mail order on credit with payment plans. The called themselves the anti-trust watch saying that other companies fixed prices and forced consumers to pay extra because of the middleman. Their goal was to make high-quality watches available to those who couldn't normally afford them.

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: Burlington Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  4330282
  • Manufacture Year:  1923
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21j
  • 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 Burlington 021 unique: Today, we are thrilled to present this masterpiece from the Illinois Watch Company — the Burlington 021. Originally manufactured in 1923 by the Illinois Watch Company, the Burlington 021 features a speckled dial design, Roman bold-type numbers, and a clear display case that reveals the intricate stainless steel gears with bronze details. The etched and faded type numbers bring out the vibrant blue hands of the timepiece. Our Machined Titanium case complements the bright blue hands magnificently, giving them a brilliant shine. Powered by 21 jewels, this 275-grade timepiece has an incredibly durable and scratch-resistant coating. Lastly, our Natural leather strap brings this exceptional timepiece together, accentuating the bold numbers and blue hands even further. This watch was originally produced in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year that Ethyl gasoline was 1st marketed in Dayton, Ohio. The introduction of Ethanol as an additive in gasoline helped to oxygenate the gas, burning the fuel completely when driving. The use of this gasoline led to cleaner emissions and ultimately led to better air quality.

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Mission

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American Made

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