The Chicago 399 (47mm)
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The Chicago 399 (47mm)

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The Chicago 399 (47mm)
The Chicago 399 (47mm)
The Chicago 399 (47mm)
The Chicago 399 (47mm)
The Chicago 399 (47mm)
The Chicago 399 (47mm)
The Chicago 399 (47mm)
The Chicago 399 (47mm)
The Chicago 399 (47mm)
The Chicago 399 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 399 is the 399th 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 399 Unique: We get a lot of requests for dials like this watch: An Elgin with a crisp white dial, clear black numerals, and especially the smaller red minute numerals around the dial. Encased in our DLC machined black case with a coal strap, this is just one sharp-looking watch. The hunter-case puts the crown at 3 o'clock which is less common and adds to the allure of this watch. The 17jewel movement was produced by the Elgin Watch Company all the way in 1917 - the same year President Woodrow Wilson asked the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany, cue WWI.

1917

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https://player.vimeo.com/video/462048673

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: DLC Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Stainless Steel
  • 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 399 is the 399th 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 399 Unique: We get a lot of requests for dials like this watch: An Elgin with a crisp white dial, clear black numerals, and especially the smaller red minute numerals around the dial. Encased in our DLC machined black case with a coal strap, this is just one sharp-looking watch. The hunter-case puts the crown at 3 o'clock which is less common and adds to the allure of this watch. The 17jewel movement was produced by the Elgin Watch Company all the way in 1917 - the same year President Woodrow Wilson asked the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany, cue WWI.

1917

19793482

https://player.vimeo.com/video/462048673

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