The Chicago 048 (49mm)
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The Chicago 048 (49mm)

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The Chicago 048 (49mm)
The Chicago 048 (49mm)
The Chicago 048 (49mm)
The Chicago 048 (49mm)
The Chicago 048 (49mm)
The Chicago 048 (49mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 048 unique: We love to learn about the history behind the antique pocket watches that we convert into wristwatches, and sometimes, this discovery process is easier than others. The pocket watch within the Chicago 048 tells its own fascinating story right on the dial, making this history easy for everyone to see. A pristine white face with classic black numerals is unassuming until you see the insignia and slogan of the Packard Motor Car Company on the left. “Ask the man who owns one” and “of a distinguished family” boldly reflect Packard’s confidence in the quality and elegance of their cars. Pocket watches such as this one were given to Packard employees for retirement gifts or celebrations of service to the company. Surely, Packard employees were proud to brandish a reflection of their hard work and high standards, and that pride is carried in this piece. We chose a two-toned stainless steel case with a coin-edged bronze bezel and black leather strap to complete this distinguished homage to quality.

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: 49mm
    • Thickness: 13.5mm
    • Lug to Lug: 59mm
    • Lug Width: 24mm
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel Case w/ Bronze Bezel
  • Crown/Hardware: Bronze
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 22691500
  • Manufacture Year: 1920
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 16s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

What makes the Chicago 048 unique: We love to learn about the history behind the antique pocket watches that we convert into wristwatches, and sometimes, this discovery process is easier than others. The pocket watch within the Chicago 048 tells its own fascinating story right on the dial, making this history easy for everyone to see. A pristine white face with classic black numerals is unassuming until you see the insignia and slogan of the Packard Motor Car Company on the left. “Ask the man who owns one” and “of a distinguished family” boldly reflect Packard’s confidence in the quality and elegance of their cars. Pocket watches such as this one were given to Packard employees for retirement gifts or celebrations of service to the company. Surely, Packard employees were proud to brandish a reflection of their hard work and high standards, and that pride is carried in this piece. We chose a two-toned stainless steel case with a coin-edged bronze bezel and black leather strap to complete this distinguished homage to quality.

The Movement

The Story

The Strap

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