The Chicago 457 (46mm)

The Chicago 457 (46mm)

The Chicago 457 (46mm)
The Chicago 457 (46mm)
The Chicago 457 (46mm)
The Chicago 457 (46mm)
The Chicago 457 (46mm)
The Chicago 457 (46mm)
The Chicago 457 (46mm)
The Chicago 457 (46mm)
The Chicago 457 (46mm)
The Chicago 457 (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 457 unique: Today, we present you this stunning piece initially constructed by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1924 — the Chicago 457. We crafted Elgin's original pocket watch into this stunning one-of-a-kind wristwatch. The watch's dial features a sophisticated cream-colored background that emphasizes its dark, stylized numerals. The numerals feature a distinct 45-degree-angle text-shadow conveying its early 20th-century style. The piece's hands feature a subtle dark blue hue that complements the dial's background. We equipped the piece with our black DLC case, contrasting the dial's light background while matching its dark numerals, and we added a gold-plated crown that shines brightly in juxtaposition with the dial. Our black DLC case features a clear back, giving you a perfect view of the watch's 345-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. Peering through the back, you can also see the piece's breathtaking gold-plated gears and 17 ruby and sapphire jewels. We paired the watch with our artisan-designed, stone leather watch strap, adding a rugged quality that ties the piece together perfectly. The Elgin National Watch Company initially created the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1924 — the same year in which Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act. The act was signed into law by the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, and granted citizenship to Native Americans born in the United States. House Representative Homer P. Snyder, who was known for advocating for Native American rights, introduced the act to Congress. Snyder also served as the chair of the United States House Committee on Indian Affairs from 1921 to 1925. Although Congress granted Native Americans citizenship on June 2, 1924, many states unjustly denied their right to vote until Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

Case Style:Machined Titanium cases have been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. A DLC or "Diamond Like Carbon" coating is then applied to the case to create a uniquely black finish. While in the family of PVD coatings, DLC provides a small amount of transparency that allows us to see machine marks and surface detail while still appearing black. This coating is extremely durable and represents the best we have to offer.

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 26312648 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: DLC 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:  26312648
  • Manufacture Year:  1924
  • 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 457 unique: Today, we present you this stunning piece initially constructed by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1924 — the Chicago 457. We crafted Elgin's original pocket watch into this stunning one-of-a-kind wristwatch. The watch's dial features a sophisticated cream-colored background that emphasizes its dark, stylized numerals. The numerals feature a distinct 45-degree-angle text-shadow conveying its early 20th-century style. The piece's hands feature a subtle dark blue hue that complements the dial's background. We equipped the piece with our black DLC case, contrasting the dial's light background while matching its dark numerals, and we added a gold-plated crown that shines brightly in juxtaposition with the dial. Our black DLC case features a clear back, giving you a perfect view of the watch's 345-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. Peering through the back, you can also see the piece's breathtaking gold-plated gears and 17 ruby and sapphire jewels. We paired the watch with our artisan-designed, stone leather watch strap, adding a rugged quality that ties the piece together perfectly. The Elgin National Watch Company initially created the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1924 — the same year in which Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act. The act was signed into law by the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, and granted citizenship to Native Americans born in the United States. House Representative Homer P. Snyder, who was known for advocating for Native American rights, introduced the act to Congress. Snyder also served as the chair of the United States House Committee on Indian Affairs from 1921 to 1925. Although Congress granted Native Americans citizenship on June 2, 1924, many states unjustly denied their right to vote until Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

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