The Chicago 435 (47mm)
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The Chicago 435 (47mm)

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The Chicago 435 (47mm)
The Chicago 435 (47mm)
The Chicago 435 (47mm)
The Chicago 435 (47mm)
The Chicago 435 (47mm)
The Chicago 435 (47mm)
The Chicago 435 (47mm)
The Chicago 435 (47mm)
The Chicago 435 (47mm)
The Chicago 435 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 435 is the 435th 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 435 Unique: We are pleased to start off this week with a very special Holiday Edition release, the Chicago 435 in celebration of Independence Day. We set aside this dial specifically to save for this occasion, with this gorgeous white face accented with blue Arabic numerals. We added blued steel hands as well, and finished it off with a crimson strap. Our sandblasted titanium case ties everything together, while the gold crown and hardware bring elegance to this exquisite time piece. This watch has every element of American craftsmanship that you could ever want from a watch, and we couldn’t be more proud of how it came out. Originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois by the Elgin National Watch Company, this movement boasts 17 screw-set jewels with beautiful brass settings. An incredibly intricate design all across the build plate shows off the high quality eye for detail that is a signature look for Elgin. Gold plated gears and a brass balance wheel shine through and bring attention to inner workings that peak out beneath this ¾ bridge plate. This watch was originally produced in 1921, the same year that President Warren Harding signed a congressional declaration ending America’s involvement in WWII on July 2nd.

1921

23018548

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: Sandblasted 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 435 is the 435th 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 435 Unique: We are pleased to start off this week with a very special Holiday Edition release, the Chicago 435 in celebration of Independence Day. We set aside this dial specifically to save for this occasion, with this gorgeous white face accented with blue Arabic numerals. We added blued steel hands as well, and finished it off with a crimson strap. Our sandblasted titanium case ties everything together, while the gold crown and hardware bring elegance to this exquisite time piece. This watch has every element of American craftsmanship that you could ever want from a watch, and we couldn’t be more proud of how it came out. Originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois by the Elgin National Watch Company, this movement boasts 17 screw-set jewels with beautiful brass settings. An incredibly intricate design all across the build plate shows off the high quality eye for detail that is a signature look for Elgin. Gold plated gears and a brass balance wheel shine through and bring attention to inner workings that peak out beneath this ¾ bridge plate. This watch was originally produced in 1921, the same year that President Warren Harding signed a congressional declaration ending America’s involvement in WWII on July 2nd.

1921

23018548

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