The Chicago 429 (47mm)
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The Chicago 429 (47mm)

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The Chicago 429 (47mm)
The Chicago 429 (47mm)
The Chicago 429 (47mm)
The Chicago 429 (47mm)
The Chicago 429 (47mm)
The Chicago 429 (47mm)
The Chicago 429 (47mm)
The Chicago 429 (47mm)
The Chicago 429 (47mm)
The Chicago 429 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 429 is the 429th 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 429 Unique: We are delighted to present this gorgeous Elgin timepiece, wonderfully housed in our machined bronze case displaying a custom-aged patina. In our opinion, this watch exudes class without overstating its beauty. The soft finish of the bronze plays well with the copper crown and moss strap, topped off with gold hardware throughout. The movement powering this watch is not shy to show off the finer details, with 17 screw-set jewels throughout this intricately machined build plate. We love the signature flowery design on the regulator, a calling card of Elgin watches from this time. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel round out the finer details and create an intrigue of what lies beneath. This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1912. On the other side of the country at this time, New Mexico was voted in by Congress as the 47th state. The area was originally named Nuevo México by Spanish settlers, and thus later earned the name New Mexico based on this, long before the country of Mexico had been named.

1912

16442707

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 Bronze
  • 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 429 is the 429th 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 429 Unique: We are delighted to present this gorgeous Elgin timepiece, wonderfully housed in our machined bronze case displaying a custom-aged patina. In our opinion, this watch exudes class without overstating its beauty. The soft finish of the bronze plays well with the copper crown and moss strap, topped off with gold hardware throughout. The movement powering this watch is not shy to show off the finer details, with 17 screw-set jewels throughout this intricately machined build plate. We love the signature flowery design on the regulator, a calling card of Elgin watches from this time. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel round out the finer details and create an intrigue of what lies beneath. This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1912. On the other side of the country at this time, New Mexico was voted in by Congress as the 47th state. The area was originally named Nuevo México by Spanish settlers, and thus later earned the name New Mexico based on this, long before the country of Mexico had been named.

1912

16442707

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