The Chicago 037 (45mm)
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The Chicago 037 (45mm)

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The Chicago 037 (45mm)
The Chicago 037 (45mm)
The Chicago 037 (45mm)
The Chicago 037 (45mm)
The Chicago 037 (45mm)
The Chicago 037 (45mm)
The Chicago 037 (45mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 037 unique: The transformation of this 1924 Elgin pocket watch into a wristwatch is a testament to the timeless elegance of horological craftsmanship. This 17-jewel masterpiece, now ensconced within a rich bronze case, has seamlessly adapted to the modern era. The dial, with its classic design, serves as a perfect complement to the robust bronze case and crown. The juxtaposition of the vintage aesthetic with the rugged, patinated bronze evokes a sense of nostalgia and durability, reminding us that the passage of time can be both beautiful and enduring. This transformed timepiece is a true fusion of history and contemporary style, a wristwatch that not only tells time but also tells a story.

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 Bronze
  • Crown/Hardware: Bronze
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 3EO1217037
  • Manufacture Year: 1924
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 037 unique: The transformation of this 1924 Elgin pocket watch into a wristwatch is a testament to the timeless elegance of horological craftsmanship. This 17-jewel masterpiece, now ensconced within a rich bronze case, has seamlessly adapted to the modern era. The dial, with its classic design, serves as a perfect complement to the robust bronze case and crown. The juxtaposition of the vintage aesthetic with the rugged, patinated bronze evokes a sense of nostalgia and durability, reminding us that the passage of time can be both beautiful and enduring. This transformed timepiece is a true fusion of history and contemporary style, a wristwatch that not only tells time but also tells a story.

The Movement

The Story

The Strap

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