The Chicago 439 (47mm)
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The Chicago 439 (47mm)

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The Chicago 439 (47mm)
The Chicago 439 (47mm)
The Chicago 439 (47mm)
The Chicago 439 (47mm)
The Chicago 439 (47mm)
The Chicago 439 (47mm)
The Chicago 439 (47mm)
The Chicago 439 (47mm)
The Chicago 439 (47mm)
The Chicago 439 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 439 unique: Today we happily present to you this beautiful watch from the Elgin National Watch Company, the Chicago 439. The clean and crisp feel of this watch brings this antique into the present with a very modern look. Our soft, sandblasted titanium case pairs perfectly with this immaculate white dial. We love the feature of the red minute indicators around the outside of the numerals, as well as these dark blue hands that stand out nicely. The copper crown blends in nicely with our tobacco strap, letting the dial and case steal the show. The movement inside of this watch has a little more wear and tear to showcase, which we enjoy letting shine through. 17 screw set jewels and gold-plated gears power this movement, as well as this Moseley regulator that keeps the balance wheel on track. Originally manufactured in 1926 in Elgin, Illinois a little outside of Chicago. This was also the same year that Henry Ford introduced his 40 hour workweek model for his employees, eventually becoming a standard for most of America.

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: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 28679904
  • Manufacture Year: 1926
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 439 unique: Today we happily present to you this beautiful watch from the Elgin National Watch Company, the Chicago 439. The clean and crisp feel of this watch brings this antique into the present with a very modern look. Our soft, sandblasted titanium case pairs perfectly with this immaculate white dial. We love the feature of the red minute indicators around the outside of the numerals, as well as these dark blue hands that stand out nicely. The copper crown blends in nicely with our tobacco strap, letting the dial and case steal the show. The movement inside of this watch has a little more wear and tear to showcase, which we enjoy letting shine through. 17 screw set jewels and gold-plated gears power this movement, as well as this Moseley regulator that keeps the balance wheel on track. Originally manufactured in 1926 in Elgin, Illinois a little outside of Chicago. This was also the same year that Henry Ford introduced his 40 hour workweek model for his employees, eventually becoming a standard for most of America.

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