The Chicago 044 (45mm)
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The Chicago 044 (45mm)

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The Chicago 044 (45mm)
The Chicago 044 (45mm)
The Chicago 044 (45mm)
The Chicago 044 (45mm)
The Chicago 044 (45mm)
The Chicago 044 (45mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 044 unique:  For nearly 100 years, Elgin Watch Company was the world's largest watch manufacturer, and its legacy of craftsmanship and artistry lives on in this incredible piece. The pocket watch in this conversion was manufactured in 1925 and remains in pristine condition. We've paired the ornately decorated dial and gold hands with a bronze case and buckle and stainless steel crown and case back. As bronze, the case and buckle will patina over time, making this piece even more unique.

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: Stainless Steel
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 27251223
  • Manufacture Year: 1925
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

What makes the Chicago 044 unique:  For nearly 100 years, Elgin Watch Company was the world's largest watch manufacturer, and its legacy of craftsmanship and artistry lives on in this incredible piece. The pocket watch in this conversion was manufactured in 1925 and remains in pristine condition. We've paired the ornately decorated dial and gold hands with a bronze case and buckle and stainless steel crown and case back. As bronze, the case and buckle will patina over time, making this piece even more unique.

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