The Chicago 463 (46mm)

The Chicago 463 (46mm)

The Chicago 463 (46mm)
The Chicago 463 (46mm)
The Chicago 463 (46mm)
The Chicago 463 (46mm)
The Chicago 463 (46mm)
The Chicago 463 (46mm)
The Chicago 463 (46mm)
The Chicago 463 (46mm)
The Chicago 463 (46mm)
The Chicago 463 (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 463 unique: Today, we're excited to unveil this breathtaking, one-of-a-kind piece initially constructed by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1927 — the Chicago 463. The watch's dial boasts a memorable and antique-looking light-brown hue atop its tan background. The piece also sports distinct, dark minute and hour hands that pair perfectly with its stylized numerals. The notable numerals showcase outlines of a 45-degree text shadow, conveying a unique early 20th-century style. We paired Elgin's original pocket watch with our scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and bronze-plated crown. Our glimmering case highlights the dial's distinct colors, while its clear back showcases 477-grade open-face movement. With three different adjustable positions, the nickel and pendant movement has 17 ruby and sapphire jewels atop its ¾ plate. The watch's open back also lets you view its luxurious and powerful gold-plated gears. Finally, we equipped the watch with our artisan-crafted Natural leather watch strap, which further emphasizes the piece's antique qualities. The Elgin National Watch Company created the pocket watch powering the Chicago 463 in Elgin, Illinois, in 1927 — the same year that the United States and Canada opened the international Peace Bridge between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York. The bridge was originally named to commemorate 100 years of peace with our northern neighbors. The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority maintain it, and the bridge spans a total of 5,800 feet over the Niagara River. The bridge is invaluable for importing and exporting freight between the United States and Canada, with over one million trucks utilizing the bridge every year.

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 29180322 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:  29180322
  • Manufacture Year:  1927
  • 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 463 unique: Today, we're excited to unveil this breathtaking, one-of-a-kind piece initially constructed by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1927 — the Chicago 463. The watch's dial boasts a memorable and antique-looking light-brown hue atop its tan background. The piece also sports distinct, dark minute and hour hands that pair perfectly with its stylized numerals. The notable numerals showcase outlines of a 45-degree text shadow, conveying a unique early 20th-century style. We paired Elgin's original pocket watch with our scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and bronze-plated crown. Our glimmering case highlights the dial's distinct colors, while its clear back showcases 477-grade open-face movement. With three different adjustable positions, the nickel and pendant movement has 17 ruby and sapphire jewels atop its ¾ plate. The watch's open back also lets you view its luxurious and powerful gold-plated gears. Finally, we equipped the watch with our artisan-crafted Natural leather watch strap, which further emphasizes the piece's antique qualities. The Elgin National Watch Company created the pocket watch powering the Chicago 463 in Elgin, Illinois, in 1927 — the same year that the United States and Canada opened the international Peace Bridge between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York. The bridge was originally named to commemorate 100 years of peace with our northern neighbors. The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority maintain it, and the bridge spans a total of 5,800 feet over the Niagara River. The bridge is invaluable for importing and exporting freight between the United States and Canada, with over one million trucks utilizing the bridge every year.

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