The Chicago 478 (47mm)
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The Chicago 478 (47mm)

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The Chicago 478 (47mm)
The Chicago 478 (47mm)
The Chicago 478 (47mm)
The Chicago 478 (47mm)
The Chicago 478 (47mm)
The Chicago 478 (47mm)
The Chicago 478 (47mm)
The Chicago 478 (47mm)
The Chicago 478 (47mm)
The Chicago 478 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 478 unique:

Today, we’re thrilled to present this remarkable piece initially produced by the Elgin National Watch Company over a century ago — the Chicago 478. This watch boasts a uniquely-styled dial with a breathtaking copper-colored center design and rustic subdial. The dial also features black numerals and dark blue solid diamond kite hands that look stunning against its cream-colored background. We encased the original pocket watch within our Machined Titanium case and paired it with a gold-plated crown, making this one-of-a-kind watch even more stylish. The back of the watch features a 384-grade open-face movement with a Moseley regulator, Breguet hairspring, and going barrel. The movement also features luxurious and robust gold-plated gears powered by 17 ruby and sapphire jewels throughout its ¾ plate. To top the piece off, we matched it with our comfortable, artisan-designed Olive leather watch strap, complementing the timepiece’s breathtaking dial. The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1921 — the same year forensic psychiatrist and police officer John Augustus Larson invented the modern polygraph test. Larson invented the device while attending medical school at the University of California, Berkeley, and he first used his device on William Hightower, who had been accused of murdering a priest.  Although the modern polygraph was a groundbreaking invention in criminology, polygraph tests are not definitive and cannot be used as evidence in many states. Larson eventually stated that he regretted inventing the polygraph because law enforcement used it improperly. In 1965, he wrote, “Beyond my expectation, through uncontrollable factors, this scientific investigation became for practical purposes a Frankenstein’s monster.” 

Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Elgin Watch Company. We call this model "The Chicago" because of the company's proximity to the city.

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: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 23276635
  • Manufacture Year: 1921
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 478 unique:

Today, we’re thrilled to present this remarkable piece initially produced by the Elgin National Watch Company over a century ago — the Chicago 478. This watch boasts a uniquely-styled dial with a breathtaking copper-colored center design and rustic subdial. The dial also features black numerals and dark blue solid diamond kite hands that look stunning against its cream-colored background. We encased the original pocket watch within our Machined Titanium case and paired it with a gold-plated crown, making this one-of-a-kind watch even more stylish. The back of the watch features a 384-grade open-face movement with a Moseley regulator, Breguet hairspring, and going barrel. The movement also features luxurious and robust gold-plated gears powered by 17 ruby and sapphire jewels throughout its ¾ plate. To top the piece off, we matched it with our comfortable, artisan-designed Olive leather watch strap, complementing the timepiece’s breathtaking dial. The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1921 — the same year forensic psychiatrist and police officer John Augustus Larson invented the modern polygraph test. Larson invented the device while attending medical school at the University of California, Berkeley, and he first used his device on William Hightower, who had been accused of murdering a priest.  Although the modern polygraph was a groundbreaking invention in criminology, polygraph tests are not definitive and cannot be used as evidence in many states. Larson eventually stated that he regretted inventing the polygraph because law enforcement used it improperly. In 1965, he wrote, “Beyond my expectation, through uncontrollable factors, this scientific investigation became for practical purposes a Frankenstein’s monster.” 

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