The Chicago 458 (46mm)

The Chicago 458 (46mm)

The Chicago 458 (46mm)
The Chicago 458 (46mm)
The Chicago 458 (46mm)
The Chicago 458 (46mm)
The Chicago 458 (46mm)
The Chicago 458 (46mm)
The Chicago 458 (46mm)
The Chicago 458 (46mm)
The Chicago 458 (46mm)
The Chicago 458 (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 458 unique: Today, we’re excited to showcase this breathtaking piece originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1906 — the Chicago 458. The watch’s dial sports a beautiful light cream-colored background along with navy-blue minute and hour hands. The piece’s dark brown numerals feature outlines of a 45-degree angle text-shadow that complements the early 20th-century font style. We paired Elgin’s pocket watch with our pristine, scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case, which emphasizes the dial’s cream background, and we also equipped the pocket watch with a gorgeous gold-plated crown. The Machined Titanium case also allows you a clear view into the watch’s inner workings, where you can see its 347-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. The movement also boasts serif-styled engravings with gilt coloring, including an authentic “G.M. Wheeler” engraving. The piece sports 17 jewels and gold-plated gears that match the gilt engravings. We tied the piece together with a Natural leather watch strap and gold-plated buckle that further emphasize the watch’s antique qualities. The Elgin National Watch Company crafted the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1906 — the same year in which Cornell University founded the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first intercollegiate African American fraternity. At the time, American universities largely excluded black students from participating in fraternities and sororities. Cornell graduate student Charles Cardoza Poindexter started a literary group that eventually became the official fraternity. The fraternity has had numerous notable members including Martin Luther King Jr., W. E. B. Du Bois, Duke Ellington, Lionel Richie, and Barry Jenkins. Additionally, Alpha Phi Alpha built the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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 12397964 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 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined 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:  12397964
  • Manufacture Year:  1906
  • 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 458 unique: Today, we’re excited to showcase this breathtaking piece originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1906 — the Chicago 458. The watch’s dial sports a beautiful light cream-colored background along with navy-blue minute and hour hands. The piece’s dark brown numerals feature outlines of a 45-degree angle text-shadow that complements the early 20th-century font style. We paired Elgin’s pocket watch with our pristine, scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case, which emphasizes the dial’s cream background, and we also equipped the pocket watch with a gorgeous gold-plated crown. The Machined Titanium case also allows you a clear view into the watch’s inner workings, where you can see its 347-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. The movement also boasts serif-styled engravings with gilt coloring, including an authentic “G.M. Wheeler” engraving. The piece sports 17 jewels and gold-plated gears that match the gilt engravings. We tied the piece together with a Natural leather watch strap and gold-plated buckle that further emphasize the watch’s antique qualities. The Elgin National Watch Company crafted the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1906 — the same year in which Cornell University founded the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first intercollegiate African American fraternity. At the time, American universities largely excluded black students from participating in fraternities and sororities. Cornell graduate student Charles Cardoza Poindexter started a literary group that eventually became the official fraternity. The fraternity has had numerous notable members including Martin Luther King Jr., W. E. B. Du Bois, Duke Ellington, Lionel Richie, and Barry Jenkins. Additionally, Alpha Phi Alpha built the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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