The Chicago 396 (47mm)
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The Chicago 396 (47mm)

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The Chicago 396 (47mm)
The Chicago 396 (47mm)
The Chicago 396 (47mm)
The Chicago 396 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 396 is the 396th 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 396 Unique: The magnificent dial on this Elgin dial almost looks like wood carved with this ornate pattern. The simple black numerals and the long triangulated hands allow the detail in the center of the dial to take the focus. It looks like on the bottom right of the dial there might be a fingerprint from being handled at some point in its history. We decided on a 3D Blackened Titanium case to compliment the black accents though we couldn't help but add a copper crown to add a little shine to the watch. The movement is from 1923, produced by the Elgin Watch Company. The team was really enchanted by this watch and we can't wait to see where in the world it goes!

1923

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https://player.vimeo.com/video/462845166

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: 3D Blackened 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 396 is the 396th 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 396 Unique: The magnificent dial on this Elgin dial almost looks like wood carved with this ornate pattern. The simple black numerals and the long triangulated hands allow the detail in the center of the dial to take the focus. It looks like on the bottom right of the dial there might be a fingerprint from being handled at some point in its history. We decided on a 3D Blackened Titanium case to compliment the black accents though we couldn't help but add a copper crown to add a little shine to the watch. The movement is from 1923, produced by the Elgin Watch Company. The team was really enchanted by this watch and we can't wait to see where in the world it goes!

1923

25247314

https://player.vimeo.com/video/462845166

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