The Chicago 436 (47mm)
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The Chicago 436 (47mm)

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The Chicago 436 (47mm)
The Chicago 436 (47mm)
The Chicago 436 (47mm)
The Chicago 436 (47mm)
The Chicago 436 (47mm)
The Chicago 436 (47mm)
The Chicago 436 (47mm)
The Chicago 436 (47mm)
The Chicago 436 (47mm)
The Chicago 436 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Chicago 436 is the 436th 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 436 Unique: Today we are happy to bring you this exquisite timepiece from the Elgin Watch Company out of Elgin, Illinois. It is not often that we get to showcase Roman numerals, and what a perfectly clean and crisp example we have to show off. We wanted to keep the clean and bright feel of this watch, so we paired it with our machined titanium case and round nickel crown. The blued steel hands and navy strap work perfectly together to accent the details, topped off with stainless steel hardware throughout. This movement powering the watch requests to be shown off, with the lovely Moselely regulator design that is unique to Elgin, as well as the curvature shape of the bridge plate. A spiral patterning on the mainspring barrel and crown wheel keeps your eye moving around the inside of this movement. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel contrast nicely with all of the nickel elements of this watch, as well as 17 screw-set jewels to keep everything moving nicely. This watch was originally manufactured in 1918, a time when most of the world was coming to the end of WWI, with most of the German forces being continually beaten back by the Hundred Day Offensive. Germany eventually signed an armistice on November 11 of that year, ending the war.

1918

20993894

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 436 is the 436th 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 436 Unique: Today we are happy to bring you this exquisite timepiece from the Elgin Watch Company out of Elgin, Illinois. It is not often that we get to showcase Roman numerals, and what a perfectly clean and crisp example we have to show off. We wanted to keep the clean and bright feel of this watch, so we paired it with our machined titanium case and round nickel crown. The blued steel hands and navy strap work perfectly together to accent the details, topped off with stainless steel hardware throughout. This movement powering the watch requests to be shown off, with the lovely Moselely regulator design that is unique to Elgin, as well as the curvature shape of the bridge plate. A spiral patterning on the mainspring barrel and crown wheel keeps your eye moving around the inside of this movement. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel contrast nicely with all of the nickel elements of this watch, as well as 17 screw-set jewels to keep everything moving nicely. This watch was originally manufactured in 1918, a time when most of the world was coming to the end of WWI, with most of the German forces being continually beaten back by the Hundred Day Offensive. Germany eventually signed an armistice on November 11 of that year, ending the war.

1918

20993894

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