The Chicago 013 (49mm)
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The Chicago 013 (49mm)

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The Chicago 013 (49mm)
The Chicago 013 (49mm)
The Chicago 013 (49mm)
The Chicago 013 (49mm)
The Chicago 013 (49mm)
The Chicago 013 (49mm)
The Chicago 013 (49mm)
The Chicago 013 (49mm)
The Chicago 013 (49mm)
The Chicago 013 (49mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 013 unique: Today we are very pleased to release this gorgeous piece of American manufacturing history, originally released by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1927 — the Chicago 013. This remarkable antique movement features a splendid dial with large black numerals and blued steel extra-heavy spade & whip hands that look all the more stunning against its immaculate white background. This pocket watch movement sits proudly within our V3 Machined Titanium case, which perfectly complements the antique pocket watch. We also topped it off with a matching nickel-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can see its breathtaking 387-grade open-face movement with a ¾ plate that boasts 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels as well as gold-plated gears. The movement also features a Going barrel, Quick train, Moseley regulator, and Breguet hairspring. Finally, we tied the piece together with our comfortable and stylish Cordovan Black leather watch strap, a fitting and practical addition to this one-of-a-kind beauty.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially produced the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1927 — the same year that the Ford Model Company released the Ford Model A, the successor to their 1908 Model T. Ford produced this impressive car until 1932, and it featured a 201 cubic inch displacement (3.3 L) water-cooled L-head I4 engine. The vehicle had 40 horsepower and could reach a speed of around 65 mph. By the time Ford discontinued production of the vehicle in 1932, they had sold close to 5 million units.

Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Elgin Watch Company. We call this model "The Chicago" because of the company's proximity to the city.

Also known as Elgin National Watch Company, Elgin wasn't only the largest watch manufacturer in the United States, but the largest watch manufacturer in the world for almost 100 years, operating from 1864-1964. The company often used a depiction of father time on advertisements. At one point, the company was making 7,500 watch movements per week and had 2,300 employees. The factory was demolished in 1966 and replaced with a shopping center.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Diameter: 49mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Titanium
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 29324538
  • Manufacture Year: 1927
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 16s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 013 unique: Today we are very pleased to release this gorgeous piece of American manufacturing history, originally released by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1927 — the Chicago 013. This remarkable antique movement features a splendid dial with large black numerals and blued steel extra-heavy spade & whip hands that look all the more stunning against its immaculate white background. This pocket watch movement sits proudly within our V3 Machined Titanium case, which perfectly complements the antique pocket watch. We also topped it off with a matching nickel-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can see its breathtaking 387-grade open-face movement with a ¾ plate that boasts 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels as well as gold-plated gears. The movement also features a Going barrel, Quick train, Moseley regulator, and Breguet hairspring. Finally, we tied the piece together with our comfortable and stylish Cordovan Black leather watch strap, a fitting and practical addition to this one-of-a-kind beauty.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially produced the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1927 — the same year that the Ford Model Company released the Ford Model A, the successor to their 1908 Model T. Ford produced this impressive car until 1932, and it featured a 201 cubic inch displacement (3.3 L) water-cooled L-head I4 engine. The vehicle had 40 horsepower and could reach a speed of around 65 mph. By the time Ford discontinued production of the vehicle in 1932, they had sold close to 5 million units.

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