The Chicago 395 (47mm)
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The Chicago 395 (47mm)

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The Chicago 395 (47mm)
The Chicago 395 (47mm)
The Chicago 395 (47mm)
The Chicago 395 (47mm)
The Chicago 395 (47mm)
The Chicago 395 (47mm)
The Chicago 395 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 395 is the 395th 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 395 Unique: The Chicago 395 features a metallic double sunk dial, etched with a delicate design which is mimicked in the minute notches. We surveyed the shop team on what they thought the pattern in the movement's metal plates was, and we saw lace, flowers, and mountains. Speaking of mountains, this Elgin movement was produced in 1922, the same year that Denver radio station 9ZAF became the first commercial radio station in Colorado.

1922

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https://player.vimeo.com/video/462035908

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 395 is the 395th 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 395 Unique: The Chicago 395 features a metallic double sunk dial, etched with a delicate design which is mimicked in the minute notches. We surveyed the shop team on what they thought the pattern in the movement's metal plates was, and we saw lace, flowers, and mountains. Speaking of mountains, this Elgin movement was produced in 1922, the same year that Denver radio station 9ZAF became the first commercial radio station in Colorado.

1922

24685380

https://player.vimeo.com/video/462035908

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