The Chicago 031 (45mm)
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The Chicago 031 (45mm)

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The Chicago 031 (45mm)
The Chicago 031 (45mm)
The Chicago 031 (45mm)
The Chicago 031 (45mm)
The Chicago 031 (45mm)
The Chicago 031 (45mm)
The Chicago 031 (45mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 031 unique: Simple yet elegant seems to be Elgin's style, and this watch is no exception. Built originally in 1921, this movement has stood the test of time — over 100 years in fact. Now set in a stainless steel case, the Chicago 031 will see many more years to come.

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
  • Model Year: 2023
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 45mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Stainless Steel
  • Crown/Hardware: Stainless Steel
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 23276822
  • Manufacture Year: 1921
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 031 unique: Simple yet elegant seems to be Elgin's style, and this watch is no exception. Built originally in 1921, this movement has stood the test of time — over 100 years in fact. Now set in a stainless steel case, the Chicago 031 will see many more years to come.

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