The Chicago 450 (47mm)
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The Chicago 450 (47mm)

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The Chicago 450 (47mm)
The Chicago 450 (47mm)
The Chicago 450 (47mm)
The Chicago 450 (47mm)
The Chicago 450 (47mm)
The Chicago 450 (47mm)
The Chicago 450 (47mm)
The Chicago 450 (47mm)
The Chicago 450 (47mm)
The Chicago 450 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 450 unique: We gladly present to you today this fantastic watch from the Elgin National Watch Company, our Chicago 450. This classic dial immediately stands out, with this elegant design in the center of the face that brings you in for a closer look. Surrounded by dark numerals that are accented by very unique heavy whip hands. Our machined titanium case with nickel-plated crown and hardware brings attention to the smaller details, with a black strap to tie everything together. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement within, we are amazed by the craftsmanship that created these intricate designs all across the different build plates. 17 screw-fit jewels stand out against the nickel-plated bridge, with gold-plated gears beneath. The Moseley regulator stands out on its own above the balance wheel, a calling card of Elgin’s design work. This movement was originally manufactured in 1919 in Elgin, Illinois, about an hour outside of Chicago. Oregon became the first state to implement a gasoline tax, placing a one-cent per gallon tax in place beginning in February of 1919.

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
  • 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: 21590352
  • Manufacture Year: 1919
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 450 unique: We gladly present to you today this fantastic watch from the Elgin National Watch Company, our Chicago 450. This classic dial immediately stands out, with this elegant design in the center of the face that brings you in for a closer look. Surrounded by dark numerals that are accented by very unique heavy whip hands. Our machined titanium case with nickel-plated crown and hardware brings attention to the smaller details, with a black strap to tie everything together. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement within, we are amazed by the craftsmanship that created these intricate designs all across the different build plates. 17 screw-fit jewels stand out against the nickel-plated bridge, with gold-plated gears beneath. The Moseley regulator stands out on its own above the balance wheel, a calling card of Elgin’s design work. This movement was originally manufactured in 1919 in Elgin, Illinois, about an hour outside of Chicago. Oregon became the first state to implement a gasoline tax, placing a one-cent per gallon tax in place beginning in February of 1919.

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