The Chicago 079 (47mm)
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The Chicago 079 (47mm)

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The Chicago 079 (47mm)
The Chicago 079 (47mm)
The Chicago 079 (47mm)
The Chicago 079 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 079 is the 79th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Chicago" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Chicago 079 Unique: This Elgin dial was is something remarkable. Not because it's rare, but actually because it was mass produced. The kiln fired enamel dial was produced using a methodology that literally doesn't exist today in a production setting. Powdered white glass was melted onto a sheet of copper to produce this amazing tone of white. For its age, it's in amazing condition.

1916

18964676

https://player.vimeo.com/video/425646484

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: 2019
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 15 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

The Chicago 079 is the 79th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Chicago" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Chicago 079 Unique: This Elgin dial was is something remarkable. Not because it's rare, but actually because it was mass produced. The kiln fired enamel dial was produced using a methodology that literally doesn't exist today in a production setting. Powdered white glass was melted onto a sheet of copper to produce this amazing tone of white. For its age, it's in amazing condition.

1916

18964676

https://player.vimeo.com/video/425646484

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