The Chicago 431 (47mm)
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The Chicago 431 (47mm)

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The Chicago 431 (47mm)
The Chicago 431 (47mm)
The Chicago 431 (47mm)
The Chicago 431 (47mm)
The Chicago 431 (47mm)
The Chicago 431 (47mm)
The Chicago 431 (47mm)
The Chicago 431 (47mm)
The Chicago 431 (47mm)
The Chicago 431 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 431 is the 431st 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 431 Unique: Today we are excited to present this wonderful timepiece from the Elgin National Watch Company. The dial reminds us of a cool night sky, with the hint of a warm moonlight glow. The contrast of the warm gold tones from the hands and crown against the dark face accentuates the age of the watch. We cased this watch in our black DLC and used a black band to match the dark visual feel. The gold theme continues from the dial with this amazing movement, featuring a brass balance and gold plated gears, as well as gold plate jewel caps. 17 beautiful screw-set jewels are at the heart of what powers this watch, adding some visual interest to this aging movement. We love how the build plate has a similar amount of wear and tear as the dial, truly expressing the age of this watch. This watch was manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1924. In this same year, our Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act, granting citizenship to all Native-born Americans born within US soil.

1924

26492833

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: DLC Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold 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 431 is the 431st 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 431 Unique: Today we are excited to present this wonderful timepiece from the Elgin National Watch Company. The dial reminds us of a cool night sky, with the hint of a warm moonlight glow. The contrast of the warm gold tones from the hands and crown against the dark face accentuates the age of the watch. We cased this watch in our black DLC and used a black band to match the dark visual feel. The gold theme continues from the dial with this amazing movement, featuring a brass balance and gold plated gears, as well as gold plate jewel caps. 17 beautiful screw-set jewels are at the heart of what powers this watch, adding some visual interest to this aging movement. We love how the build plate has a similar amount of wear and tear as the dial, truly expressing the age of this watch. This watch was manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1924. In this same year, our Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act, granting citizenship to all Native-born Americans born within US soil.

1924

26492833

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