The Chicago 417 (46mm)

The Chicago 417 (46mm)

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The Chicago 417 (46mm)
The Chicago 417 (46mm)
The Chicago 417 (46mm)
The Chicago 417 (46mm)
The Chicago 417 (46mm)
The Chicago 417 (46mm)
The Chicago 417 (46mm)
The Chicago 417 (46mm)
The Chicago 417 (46mm)
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Watch Description

The American mechanism inside this watch is not a replica or an "inspired" piece. It was genuinely carried by an individual, 100 years ago, that depended on it. Each time you wear this watch, you will be transported through time, imagining who this individual was and the work they did to help build our country. Simply put, American Artisan Series watches make you feel something when you put them on. At Vortic, we tell customers that owning a watch isn't nearly as important as owning a story. And, this is an opportunity to be a part of a story that is bigger than yourself. You won't be the first to own this watch, and you certainly won’t be the last, so make your chapter count.

The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements. Individuals commonly scrap pocket watch cases for their precious metal, leaving the original mechanism orphaned. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch made by Elgin Watch Company. We call this model "The Chicago" because of the company's proximity to the city.

Case Style: This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. Titanium has a darker look than steel, and due to its low thermal conductivity, feels warm to the touch. These characteristics create an enduring, highly wearable, distinctive piece.

Movement: The manually wound, antique, pocket watch movement inside this watch has been meticulously restored to as close to original condition as possible. Vortic has an exclusive group of highly experienced watchmakers that specialize in vintage watches. Before its use in a wristwatch, each movement is completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled, and calibrated. Each finished Vortic watch is tested for at least a week before completion.

This watch's movement is serial number from the Elgin Watch Company. 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.

The Chicago 417 is the 417th 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 417 Unique: This week we are delighted to present a few very unique Hunting Style watches from the Elgin National Watch Company. When we say it is a Hunting Style, this refers to the position of the crown being at the 3 PM location instead of the common 12 PM. The reason they did this was that this watch would have had a clasp on the front to protect it, that pops open for viewing. With the crown located at the 3 PM position, it was thought that it was easily operated with one hand while your other handheld your rifle. This watch shows off its age with a wonderful amount of wear and tear on the dial, pronounced by this bold gunmetal case and dark blue steel hands. Our custom hunting style nickel-plated crown is a little smaller than our typical models and is complemented by nickel-plated hardware throughout. We paired the yellow tones of the dial with this rye strap to tie the whole watch together nicely. The movement of this watch contrasts the unique character of the dial with this incredibly clean and beautiful build plate, intricately machined to draw you in and want to explore this watch further. This movement is decorated with 17 screw-set jewels and stainless steel hardware all throughout. Beneath this large build plate and regulator lies gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel, keeping everything ticking away all these years later. Originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1917, this watch is a wonderful representation of history and American craftsmanship. At this same time, WWI was heating up in Europe, eventually drawing America to join the fight. Men were leaving their hunting in the woods of Illinois to take their skills with a rifle across the Atlantic Ocean to defeat Germany. Perhaps they decided to carry their Elgin pocket watches with them to war and brought them back when the war was over to be passed on to future generations.

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Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Titanium
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Hands: Original
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Original Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Original Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
The skeleton back is amazing and the packaging was perfect. To honor the past with details like this is truly impressive.
—Brad from Florida
It looks like it would have been right at home on the wrist of Indiana Jones! This watch is a showpiece as much as it is as unique timepiece!
—John from Indiana
After receiving the watch in the mail, I was surprised to see the watch somehow looked better in person than it did in the photos. I didn't think that would be possible!
—Mark from Massachusetts
I own so called "high end" watches such as Rolex, Panerai, and Zenith but they pale in comparison to my two Vortic models which I wear everyday to work.
—Todd from Ohio

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