The Chicago 468 (46mm)

The Chicago 468 (46mm)

The Chicago 468 (46mm)
The Chicago 468 (46mm)
The Chicago 468 (46mm)
The Chicago 468 (46mm)
The Chicago 468 (46mm)
The Chicago 468 (46mm)
The Chicago 468 (46mm)
The Chicago 468 (46mm)
The Chicago 468 (46mm)
The Chicago 468 (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 468 unique: Today, we're pleased to showcase this stunning and unique piece initially manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1925 — the Chicago 468. The watch features a highly distinct dial with old-fashioned brown numerals against a light tan background, and the dial also sports a notable, antique center design. The watch sports stunning navy blue minute and hour hands that shine vividly against the dial's rustic colors. We matched the pocket watch with our scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case, and we added a copper-plated crown that further emphasizes the piece's antique style. Our Machined Titanium's rear display case offers a breathtaking look into the watch's internal design, including a 345-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. You can also view the piece's luxurious and robust gold-plated gears along with its Moseley regulator and Breguet hairspring. Additionally, the watch's ¾ plate boasts 17 ruby and sapphire jewels. We equipped the watch with our comfortable and durable Stone leather watch strap, drawing further attention to the watch's one-of-a-kind dial. The Elgin National Watch Company manufactured this piece in Elgin, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year that the historic Scopes Trial took place in Dayton, Tennessee. Tennessee authorities indicted John Thomas Scopes on May 25, 1925, for breaking Tennessee's Butler Act, which prohibited teaching evolution in public schools. The jury found Scopes guilty on July 21, resulting in a $100 fine, around $1,622 in 2022. Although the case occurred in a small Tennessee town, the Scopes trial received international attention. According to American historian Edward John Larson, twenty-two telegraphers sent out 165,000 words per day reporting on the trial.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. We use pressurized, fine glass beads in a sandblasting chamber to soften the edges and make the finish uniform. 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 27461199 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: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  27461199
  • 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 468 unique: Today, we're pleased to showcase this stunning and unique piece initially manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1925 — the Chicago 468. The watch features a highly distinct dial with old-fashioned brown numerals against a light tan background, and the dial also sports a notable, antique center design. The watch sports stunning navy blue minute and hour hands that shine vividly against the dial's rustic colors. We matched the pocket watch with our scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case, and we added a copper-plated crown that further emphasizes the piece's antique style. Our Machined Titanium's rear display case offers a breathtaking look into the watch's internal design, including a 345-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. You can also view the piece's luxurious and robust gold-plated gears along with its Moseley regulator and Breguet hairspring. Additionally, the watch's ¾ plate boasts 17 ruby and sapphire jewels. We equipped the watch with our comfortable and durable Stone leather watch strap, drawing further attention to the watch's one-of-a-kind dial. The Elgin National Watch Company manufactured this piece in Elgin, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year that the historic Scopes Trial took place in Dayton, Tennessee. Tennessee authorities indicted John Thomas Scopes on May 25, 1925, for breaking Tennessee's Butler Act, which prohibited teaching evolution in public schools. The jury found Scopes guilty on July 21, resulting in a $100 fine, around $1,622 in 2022. Although the case occurred in a small Tennessee town, the Scopes trial received international attention. According to American historian Edward John Larson, twenty-two telegraphers sent out 165,000 words per day reporting on the trial.

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