The Burlington Railroad 005 is the 5th piece in Vortic’s Railroad Edition to be built using an antique Burlington Watch Company, Railroad Grade pocket watch movement originally manufactured in Springfield, Illinois.
It features the CNC machined titanium Railroad Edition case that allows for access to the lever set mechanism. With a brass crown and classic natural strap, this watch is a beautiful example of the Railroad Edition. Inside is a Burlington grade 805 pocket watch originally manufactured in Springfield, Illinois in 1913.
The Railroad Edition casing system is 51mm in diameter and is water resistant when the bezel is fully and properly attached.
Note: This watch is LEVER set, meaning the bezel must be removed to set the time. This was the original safety mechanism for the Railroads, and is an amazing feature, but we recommend learning more about the Railroad Edition prior to purchase to ensure understanding of the unique aspects of this watch.
Learn more about the Railroad Edition here:
- Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
- Product Year: 2018
- Warranty: Vortic 2-Year Revolving Warranty
- Watch Dimensions:
- Case Finish: Raw Titanium
- Crown Location: 12 O'Clock (Open Face)
- Water Resistance: 1 ATM
- Crystals: Anti-Fingerprint Gorilla Glass
- Case Back: Exhibition, Stainless Steel
- Strap: Leather
- Original Manufacturer: Burlington Watch Company
- Jewels: 19j
- Function: Manual Wind
- Power Reserve: 36-42 Hours
Vortic's mission is to salvage, restore, and preserve an important part of United States history. Today, beautiful antique pocket watch mechanisms are often cast aside when their original case is scrapped for precious metal value. American pocket watches were made with an incredible level of quality. So, after 100 years, many simply need a little patience from a skilled individual to make them run like new. Vortic fully restores these mechanisms and builds them into wristwatches to make them functional again and to preserve them for another 100+ years.
Truly American MAde
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 source 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.
2-Year Revolving Warranty
Vortic's 2-Year Revolving Warranty gives individuals the opportunity to warranty their watch for a lifetime. We exist in a throw-away society and we believe that's not right. The mechanisms inside our watches and the watch cases we build around them were made to last forever if taken care of. That is why our 2-year warranty re-starts when your watch is serviced by Vortic.
The United States has a rich history of manufacturing the best watches in the world. The greatest challenge for the watch industry is longevity, and these movements have passed the ultimate test of time by maintaining their integrity for over 100 years. Vortic is able to preserve the legacy of American watchmaking in the 21st century because of the unbelievable standard of quality that was commonplace during this era.
Many individuals are not aware that the United States was the leader in mechanical watch manufacturing during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Prior to this, watches were produced one-at-a-time and each part of a watch was made by one individual (mostly in England and Switzerland). The industry was not optimized to meet demand, and Americans seized the opportunity to manufacture watches in a new way that would encourage widespread use of timepieces, and pocket watches in particular.
American companies invented countless tools and machines for cutting metal parts that allowed them to make a superior product for a reduced price. Additionally, this advanced machinery developed for watch parts quickly spread to other industries. In fact, many believe that this is what led to America's reputation for industrial prowess in all forms during the 19th and 20th centuries. The original great American watch companies were known for their skill, craftsmanship, and ability to produce each part of a watch more efficiently, more accurately, and on a larger scale.
Eventually, the Swiss adopted American machinery with great success, and the introduction of cheap, disposable, battery-powered, quartz watches in the 1960's led to a rapid decline in demand for quality mechanical watches. The art of American watchmaking quickly vanished and each historic company was ultimately purchased by foreign investors.
The Burlington Watch Company existed as a mail-order sales company. By selling directly to the consumer, Burlington eliminated the cost of sales and distribution channels.
The company sold watches on an "installment plan" where customers paid off $2-$3 dollars per month. This credit system made high-quality watches available to those who might not otherwise be able to afford them.The majority of watches sold by Burlington were privately labeled movements made under contract by the Illinois Watch Company.
In the early years, most of the watches sold by Burlington were 16-size, 19-jewel movements, based on the Illinois Model 5 and Model 9. Many were designated "Burlington Special" on the movement and dial. The 19-jewel watches were discontinued in 1917 when the company began selling a complete line of 21-jewel watches, adjusted to temperature and positions.
Burlington claimed that the sales and distribution practices of the major watch manufacturers were unfair to consumers because they "fixed prices" and forced consumers to pay too much. Burlington often advertised their watches as "Anti-Trust" watches because they were sold directly to the consumer with "no middleman."
Burlington's direct-sales, installment payment model, was intended to put "... the highest watch value within reach of all."
The Vortic Watch Company is a high-end wristwatch engineering and manufacturing company based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Their inspiration lies in pairing classic watchmaking techniques and traditions with cutting-edge, modern technology.
After conceiving the company in Pennsylvania and attending Penn State, the founders relocated themselves and the business to Fort Collins, Colorado. The move was originally conducted to pursue career opportunities prior to full-time employment opportunity with Vortic. However, the pair fell in love with the location and decided to officially base the company in Fort Collins.
Since its founding, Vortic has been recognized by the likes of the New York Times, NPR, The Boston Globe, WatchTime Magazine, About Time magazine, and many other publications for their work in preserving United States history. Additionally, Vortic watches have been inducted to the NAWCC museum in Columbia, PA as well as the Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, MA.
The company is currently applying its product-focused attitude, unique aesthetics, and fresh ideas to creating additional products and perfecting their trade.
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