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The American mechanism inside this watch is not a replica or an "inspired" piece. It was genuinely carried by an individual, 100 years ago, that depended on it. Each time you wear this watch, you will be transported through time, imagining who this individual was and the work they did to help build our country. Simply put, American Artisan Series watches make you feel something when you put them on. At Vortic, we tell customers that owning a watch isn't nearly as important as owning a story. And, this is an opportunity to be a part of a story that is bigger than yourself. You won't be the first to own this watch, and you certainly won’t be the last, so make your chapter count.
The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements. Individuals commonly scrap pocket watch cases for their precious metal, leaving the original mechanism orphaned. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch made by Elgin Watch Company. We call this model "The Chicago" because of the company's proximity to the city.
Case Style: More info coming soon.
Movement: The manually wound, antique, pocket watch movement inside this watch has been meticulously restored to as close to original condition as possible. Vortic has an exclusive group of highly experienced watchmakers that specialize in vintage watches. Before its use in a wristwatch, each movement is completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled, and calibrated. Each finished Vortic watch is tested for at least a week before completion.
This watch's movement is serial number from the Elgin Watch Company. 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 - The "Chicago 061" is the 61st one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Chicago" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch features a water-resistant, bronzed titanium 3D printed case and a knurled, copper alloy crown. The mechanics of the restored 1922 Elgin 313 movement are visible through the Gorilla Glass crystal of the exhibition style, stainless steel back.
Dial - The original, blued steel, "diamond" style hands point to an enamel dial.
Movement Info - Originally produced by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1922, this "313" grade movement is in excellent condition. Although this piece was most likely a private label watch, the 313 grade was very popular for Elgin and was made during the peak of their business.
From a Vintage Elgin advertisement: "The watch by which the hour-to-hour progress of this remarkable age is timed. Used by men of action - women of initiative - people who don't stop."
Movement Features - This manually wound movement has nickel plated bridges and main plate decorated with elegant damascening, a jeweled gear train (15 jewels), a Mosely nut regulator, and a 3/4-plate bridge design.
Original Serial: 24997720
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- Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
- Model Year: 2017
- Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
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- Water Resistance: 1 ATM
- Crystals: Gorilla Glass
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- Hands: Original
- Strap: Leather
- Original Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
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- Function: Manual Wind
- Jewels: 15j
- Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
Our mission is to preserve and enhance the legacy of manufacturing excellence in America. We believe that this legacy is highly relevant in the world of watch manufacturing because our goal is to marry form and function in a way that makes something beautiful that will last forever. American made pocket watches were of such a high quality and decoration that they evolved into more than just a way to tell time. They became traditional heirlooms to be inherited by future generations as a wedding gift or a coming of age treasure. Each piece tells a lively tale of what U.S. manufacturing meant in the past using an intricate language of decorated bridges, plates, gears, and springs. Today, we are restoring these pieces to their former glory and making them relevant again using the best of modern technology.
We feel proud and blessed to live in the country, state, and city that we do. However, our motivation to build everything in the United States, and to deal locally whenever possible, is derived from a different source of inspiration. We believe that the close relationships, face-to-face interaction, and tight quality control we achieve while dealing domestically produces a truly superior product. Because of this, we are very transparent about where our components are made as we continue to build our in-house capabilities.