The Chicago 456 (46mm)

The Chicago 456 (46mm)

The Chicago 456 (46mm)
The Chicago 456 (46mm)
The Chicago 456 (46mm)
The Chicago 456 (46mm)
The Chicago 456 (46mm)
The Chicago 456 (46mm)
The Chicago 456 (46mm)
The Chicago 456 (46mm)
The Chicago 456 (46mm)
The Chicago 456 (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 456 unique:

Today, we’re happy to present this breathtaking and distinct watch initially created by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1925 — the Chicago 456. This piece sports a highly unique cream-colored dial with dark gray minute and hour hands, while the subdial features a darker tone resembling a mix of cream and bronze. The center of the dial features intricately expanding circles stacked on top of one another just before reaching the numerals. The numerals are highly stylized with a unique text-shadow, and the dial also has small circular minute indicators. We paired the uniquely-styled pocket watch with our one-of-a-kind, scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and bronze-coated crown. Our watch’s clear display case presents the intricate inner workings of its 345-grade open-face movement. 17 ruby and sapphire jewels power this piece along with its gold-plated gears. Finally, we improved the original pocket watch’s unique color scheme by equipping it with our signature tobacco leather watch strap. The Elgin National Watch Company initially created this piece in Elgin, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year in which Amtrak opened the Chicago Union Station in the Near West Side. The station is an iconic structure and features Corinthian columns and Bedford limestone Beaux-Arts facades. Construction on the station initially began in 1913, but production temporarily stopped because of World War I. Construction started back up in 1919 after World War I concluded in 1918, and the architectural firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White finally completed the station in 1925. Today, the station is one of the busiest rail terminals in the United States and has around 140,000 passengers on a standard weekday. 

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. 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 27464763 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: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  27464763
  • 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 456 unique:

Today, we’re happy to present this breathtaking and distinct watch initially created by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1925 — the Chicago 456. This piece sports a highly unique cream-colored dial with dark gray minute and hour hands, while the subdial features a darker tone resembling a mix of cream and bronze. The center of the dial features intricately expanding circles stacked on top of one another just before reaching the numerals. The numerals are highly stylized with a unique text-shadow, and the dial also has small circular minute indicators. We paired the uniquely-styled pocket watch with our one-of-a-kind, scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and bronze-coated crown. Our watch’s clear display case presents the intricate inner workings of its 345-grade open-face movement. 17 ruby and sapphire jewels power this piece along with its gold-plated gears. Finally, we improved the original pocket watch’s unique color scheme by equipping it with our signature tobacco leather watch strap. The Elgin National Watch Company initially created this piece in Elgin, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year in which Amtrak opened the Chicago Union Station in the Near West Side. The station is an iconic structure and features Corinthian columns and Bedford limestone Beaux-Arts facades. Construction on the station initially began in 1913, but production temporarily stopped because of World War I. Construction started back up in 1919 after World War I concluded in 1918, and the architectural firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White finally completed the station in 1925. Today, the station is one of the busiest rail terminals in the United States and has around 140,000 passengers on a standard weekday. 

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