The Chicago 389 (47mm)
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The Chicago 389 (47mm)

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The Chicago 389 (47mm)
The Chicago 389 (47mm)
The Chicago 389 (47mm)
The Chicago 389 (47mm)
The Chicago 389 (47mm)
The Chicago 389 (47mm)
The Chicago 389 (47mm)
The Chicago 389 (47mm)
The Chicago 389 (47mm)
The Chicago 389 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 389 is the 389th 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 389 Unique: Today we present the Chicago 389, a gorgeous example from the Elgin Watch Company. We love the vintage feel of this dial, especially the uniquely shaped shadow numerals. Some subtle age gives this watch a lovely amount of character, paired well with our merlot strap. We cased this watch in our sandblasted titanium and topped it off with a gold-plated crown and hardware throughout. Our machined bronze buckle is the perfect accent to tie everything together nicely. Glance at the inside of this movement and you will notice a nice aged hue throughout the main plate, with very clean gold-plated gears beneath. 17 screw-set jewels decorate and power this watch, along with a brass balance wheel and Moseley regulator. This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1928 by the Elgin National Watch Company. 1928 is also the same year that the first transatlantic television broadcast was sent from London to Hartsdale, New York by inventor John Logie Baird.

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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: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Sandblasted 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: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

The Chicago 389 is the 389th 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 389 Unique: Today we present the Chicago 389, a gorgeous example from the Elgin Watch Company. We love the vintage feel of this dial, especially the uniquely shaped shadow numerals. Some subtle age gives this watch a lovely amount of character, paired well with our merlot strap. We cased this watch in our sandblasted titanium and topped it off with a gold-plated crown and hardware throughout. Our machined bronze buckle is the perfect accent to tie everything together nicely. Glance at the inside of this movement and you will notice a nice aged hue throughout the main plate, with very clean gold-plated gears beneath. 17 screw-set jewels decorate and power this watch, along with a brass balance wheel and Moseley regulator. This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1928 by the Elgin National Watch Company. 1928 is also the same year that the first transatlantic television broadcast was sent from London to Hartsdale, New York by inventor John Logie Baird.

1928

30630298

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