The Chicago 445 (46mm)

The Chicago 445 (46mm)

The Chicago 445 (46mm)
The Chicago 445 (46mm)
The Chicago 445 (46mm)
The Chicago 445 (46mm)
The Chicago 445 (46mm)
The Chicago 445 (46mm)
The Chicago 445 (46mm)
The Chicago 445 (46mm)
The Chicago 445 (46mm)
The Chicago 445 (46mm)

Watch Description

The American mechanism inside this watch is not a replica or an "inspired" piece. It was genuinely carried by an individual, 100 years ago, that depended on it. Each time you wear this watch, you will be transported through time, imagining who this individual was and the work they did to help build our country. Simply put, American Artisan Series watches make you feel something when you put them on. At Vortic, we tell customers that owning a watch isn't nearly as important as owning a story. And, this is an opportunity to be a part of a story that is bigger than yourself. You won't be the first to own this watch, and you certainly won't be the last, so make your chapter count.

The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements. Individuals commonly scrap pocket watch cases for their precious metal, leaving the original mechanism orphaned. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880's - 1950's) pocket watch made by Elgin Watch Company. We call this model "The Chicago" because of the company's proximity to the city.

What makes the Chicago 445 unique: For today’s Watch of the Day we proudly present this amazing watch from the Elgin National Watch Company, our Chicago 445. We love the combination of the gold-plated crown with this gold-colored dial, bringing out the fine details that have been machined into the face. These dark numerals jump out and grab your attention, along with these unique kite-shaped hands that stand out with a lovely dark blue hue. Our sandblasted titanium case lets the details of the watch steal the show, while this olive strap ties everything together nicely. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement that is powering it, we are immediately drawn to the unique shape of the build plate with this swooping design that is signature to Elgin, bringing your eyes down to the Moseley regulator. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel show through from beneath, adding some precious metal elements to the look of the watch. Originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1925 just about an hour outside of Chicago along the Fox River. This year proved to be a tough year for teachers in the southern states, with Tennessee officially banning the teaching of evolution in schools. Texas followed shortly after as well, with a number of lawsuits against teachers for breaking the laws. The law in Tennessee remained in place until eventually being appealed in 1967.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. We use pressurized, fine glass beads in a sandblasting chamber to soften the edges and make the finish uniform. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. Titanium has a darker look than steel, and due to its low thermal conductivity, feels warm to the touch. These characteristics create an enduring, highly wearable, distinctive piece.

Movement: The manually wound, antique, pocket watch movement inside this watch has been meticulously restored to as close to original condition as possible. Vortic has an exclusive group of highly experienced watchmakers that specialize in vintage watches. Before its use in a wristwatch, each movement is completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled, and calibrated. Each finished Vortic watch is tested for at least a week before completion.

This watch's movement is serial number 27661763 from the Elgin Watch Company. 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
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  27661763
  • Manufacture Year:  1925
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
It looks like it would have been right at home on the wrist of Indiana Jones! This watch is a showpiece as much as it is as unique timepiece!
—John from Indiana
After receiving the watch in the mail, I was surprised to see the watch somehow looked better in person than it did in the photos. I didn't think that would be possible!
—Mark from Massachusetts
The skeleton back is amazing and the packaging was perfect. To honor the past with details like this is truly impressive.
—Brad from Florida
I own so called "high end" watches such as Rolex, Panerai, and Zenith but they pale in comparison to my two Vortic models which I wear everyday to work.
—Todd from Ohio
What makes the Chicago 445 unique: For today’s Watch of the Day we proudly present this amazing watch from the Elgin National Watch Company, our Chicago 445. We love the combination of the gold-plated crown with this gold-colored dial, bringing out the fine details that have been machined into the face. These dark numerals jump out and grab your attention, along with these unique kite-shaped hands that stand out with a lovely dark blue hue. Our sandblasted titanium case lets the details of the watch steal the show, while this olive strap ties everything together nicely. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement that is powering it, we are immediately drawn to the unique shape of the build plate with this swooping design that is signature to Elgin, bringing your eyes down to the Moseley regulator. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel show through from beneath, adding some precious metal elements to the look of the watch. Originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1925 just about an hour outside of Chicago along the Fox River. This year proved to be a tough year for teachers in the southern states, with Tennessee officially banning the teaching of evolution in schools. Texas followed shortly after as well, with a number of lawsuits against teachers for breaking the laws. The law in Tennessee remained in place until eventually being appealed in 1967.

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