The Chicago 054 (45mm)
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The Chicago 054 (45mm)

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The Chicago 054 (45mm)
The Chicago 054 (45mm)
The Chicago 054 (45mm)
The Chicago 054 (45mm)
The Chicago 054 (45mm)
The Chicago 054 (45mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 054 unique: As all areas of fashion do, pocket watches of the late 19th and early 20th centuries cycled through trends based on the desired style of the moment. "Fancy dials" first became popular in the late 1800s as preferences turned towards intricate and sophisticated designs. The pocket watch preserved within the Chicago 054 brandishes one such fancy dial and reminds us of the stunning artistry employed in the creation of these timepieces. Originally produced in 1921 by the Elgin Watch Company, this dial boasts an eye-catching pale yellow center with gold accents and ornate numerals. Gold-plated gears and accents similarly contrast the embellished 17-jewel movement. We've paired this piece with our stainless steel case and crown and a bold blue leather strap to accent the original spade and whip hands. 

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: 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: 24119436
  • Manufacture Year: 1921
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

What makes the Chicago 054 unique: As all areas of fashion do, pocket watches of the late 19th and early 20th centuries cycled through trends based on the desired style of the moment. "Fancy dials" first became popular in the late 1800s as preferences turned towards intricate and sophisticated designs. The pocket watch preserved within the Chicago 054 brandishes one such fancy dial and reminds us of the stunning artistry employed in the creation of these timepieces. Originally produced in 1921 by the Elgin Watch Company, this dial boasts an eye-catching pale yellow center with gold accents and ornate numerals. Gold-plated gears and accents similarly contrast the embellished 17-jewel movement. We've paired this piece with our stainless steel case and crown and a bold blue leather strap to accent the original spade and whip hands. 

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