The Chicago 394 (47mm)
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The Chicago 394 (47mm)

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The Chicago 394 (47mm)
The Chicago 394 (47mm)
The Chicago 394 (47mm)
The Chicago 394 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 394 is the 394th 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 394 Unique: This dial caught our eye with its exceptional shine! Maybe it's the gold numerals or the distinguished gold hands, we couldn't help but put this dial in a machined titanium case with a gold knurled crown. Our rye strap with gold buckle and tang rounds out this exceptional watch. With the unique numeral style, this dial offers a subtle international essence - perfect for The Traveler in your life. On this 17jewel movement produced by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1926, you can see the inscription on the back under the "U.S.A." insignia with the word "Artistic". Though not deeply engraved, you can see subtle design all around the movement that is absolutely artistic! Speaking of artists, 1926 was the year escape artist and famous entertainer Harry Houdini died at the age of 52.

1926

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https://player.vimeo.com/video/467875320

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: 2020
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • 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 394 is the 394th 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 394 Unique: This dial caught our eye with its exceptional shine! Maybe it's the gold numerals or the distinguished gold hands, we couldn't help but put this dial in a machined titanium case with a gold knurled crown. Our rye strap with gold buckle and tang rounds out this exceptional watch. With the unique numeral style, this dial offers a subtle international essence - perfect for The Traveler in your life. On this 17jewel movement produced by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1926, you can see the inscription on the back under the "U.S.A." insignia with the word "Artistic". Though not deeply engraved, you can see subtle design all around the movement that is absolutely artistic! Speaking of artists, 1926 was the year escape artist and famous entertainer Harry Houdini died at the age of 52.

1926

28784576

https://player.vimeo.com/video/467875320

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