The Chicago 053 (45mm)
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The Chicago 053 (45mm)

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The Chicago 053 (45mm)
The Chicago 053 (45mm)
The Chicago 053 (45mm)
The Chicago 053 (45mm)
The Chicago 053 (45mm)
The Chicago 053 (45mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 053 unique: Regardless of how many pocket watches we come across, we're always amazed by the attention to detail and artistry contained within these pieces of history. The Chicago 053 features one such antique — an Elgin Watch Company pocket watch originally produced in 1921. From afar, the cream-colored dial is classic but unassuming, but upon closer inspection, stunning details begin to emerge. Black geometric numerals are given dimension with thin blocked shadows, while vertical engravings lend texture and a dignified feel to the center dial. Blued steel spade and whip hands encircle the watch's face, passing over spots of patina that hint to the 103 years the original piece has endured. We've preserved this pocket watch in our polished stainless steel case, adding our own details with an engraved grown and moss leather strap.

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: 23527406
  • Manufacture Year: 1921
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

What makes the Chicago 053 unique: Regardless of how many pocket watches we come across, we're always amazed by the attention to detail and artistry contained within these pieces of history. The Chicago 053 features one such antique — an Elgin Watch Company pocket watch originally produced in 1921. From afar, the cream-colored dial is classic but unassuming, but upon closer inspection, stunning details begin to emerge. Black geometric numerals are given dimension with thin blocked shadows, while vertical engravings lend texture and a dignified feel to the center dial. Blued steel spade and whip hands encircle the watch's face, passing over spots of patina that hint to the 103 years the original piece has endured. We've preserved this pocket watch in our polished stainless steel case, adding our own details with an engraved grown and moss leather strap.

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