The Chicago 408 (47mm)
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The Chicago 408 (47mm)

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The Chicago 408 (47mm)
The Chicago 408 (47mm)
The Chicago 408 (47mm)
The Chicago 408 (47mm)
The Chicago 408 (47mm)
The Chicago 408 (47mm)
The Chicago 408 (47mm)
The Chicago 408 (47mm)
The Chicago 408 (47mm)
The Chicago 408 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 408 is the 408th 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 408 Unique: Here we happily present to you the lovely Chicago 408, a shining example from the Elgin National Watch Company. We keep catching ourselves staring at the small details in this spectacular dial, with these wonderful love birds in the center of the double sunk dial. If that wasn't enough to grab your attention, the unique Arabic numerals bring a great deal of character to this watch, accented by these dark-blued-steel kite hands. We chose to pair the elegance of this movement with our machined titanium case, topping it off with a nickel-plated crown and hardware all throughout as well as our Mojave band for a soft overall feel. The movement powering this beautiful watch has all the classic Elgin design work to show off such as this intricately machined build plate with the curved shape that Elgin is known for, as well as a signature Moselely regulator. 17 screw-set jewels and brass inlaid text match the gold-plated gears that show through from beneath. The stainless steel hardware and eye-catching pattern on the mainspring barrel keep the visual interest spinning all around as you try to take it all in. This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1925, about an hour outside of Chicago. This is also the same year that Walter Percy Chrysler founded The Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan.

1926

28273775

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: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel 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 408 is the 408th 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 408 Unique: Here we happily present to you the lovely Chicago 408, a shining example from the Elgin National Watch Company. We keep catching ourselves staring at the small details in this spectacular dial, with these wonderful love birds in the center of the double sunk dial. If that wasn't enough to grab your attention, the unique Arabic numerals bring a great deal of character to this watch, accented by these dark-blued-steel kite hands. We chose to pair the elegance of this movement with our machined titanium case, topping it off with a nickel-plated crown and hardware all throughout as well as our Mojave band for a soft overall feel. The movement powering this beautiful watch has all the classic Elgin design work to show off such as this intricately machined build plate with the curved shape that Elgin is known for, as well as a signature Moselely regulator. 17 screw-set jewels and brass inlaid text match the gold-plated gears that show through from beneath. The stainless steel hardware and eye-catching pattern on the mainspring barrel keep the visual interest spinning all around as you try to take it all in. This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1925, about an hour outside of Chicago. This is also the same year that Walter Percy Chrysler founded The Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan.

1926

28273775

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