The Chicago 485 (47mm)
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The Chicago 485 (47mm)

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The Chicago 485 (47mm)
The Chicago 485 (47mm)
The Chicago 485 (47mm)
The Chicago 485 (47mm)
The Chicago 485 (47mm)
The Chicago 485 (47mm)
The Chicago 485 (47mm)
The Chicago 485 (47mm)
The Chicago 485 (47mm)
The Chicago 485 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 485 unique: Today, we’re excited to share another stunning watch with you that was initially produced by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1921 — the Chicago 485. The stunning cream-colored face of this watch features an intricate center pattern complemented by uniquely patinated gold numerals and minute markings. Additionally, the black spade hands and subdial markings of this timepiece perfectly counterbalance the gold accents of the face. We have encased the original movement of this watch with our blued titanium case and topped it with a gold crown to highlight this watch’s unique combination of luxury and patina. As you turn the watch over, you can view the intricate inner workings of the ¾ plate movement through our unique clear-backed case. The movement features 17 sumptuous screw-set jewels accompanied by gleaming gold gears, and it also boasts mechanical features such as a going barrel, Moseley regulator, and Breguet hairspring. To continue this stunning watch's luxurious look and feel, we have paired the movement with our rich merlot watch strap.

On February 23, 1921— the same year Elgin Natl. Watch Co. produced this watch — the first US transcontinental air mail flight arrived in NYC from San Francisco. This flight was a monumental moment for the United States Postal Service because it allowed individuals and businesses to ship mail from coast to coast in a fraction of the time as it did by train.

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: Gunmetal Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 24275386
  • Manufacture Year: 1921
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 485 unique: Today, we’re excited to share another stunning watch with you that was initially produced by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1921 — the Chicago 485. The stunning cream-colored face of this watch features an intricate center pattern complemented by uniquely patinated gold numerals and minute markings. Additionally, the black spade hands and subdial markings of this timepiece perfectly counterbalance the gold accents of the face. We have encased the original movement of this watch with our blued titanium case and topped it with a gold crown to highlight this watch’s unique combination of luxury and patina. As you turn the watch over, you can view the intricate inner workings of the ¾ plate movement through our unique clear-backed case. The movement features 17 sumptuous screw-set jewels accompanied by gleaming gold gears, and it also boasts mechanical features such as a going barrel, Moseley regulator, and Breguet hairspring. To continue this stunning watch's luxurious look and feel, we have paired the movement with our rich merlot watch strap.

On February 23, 1921— the same year Elgin Natl. Watch Co. produced this watch — the first US transcontinental air mail flight arrived in NYC from San Francisco. This flight was a monumental moment for the United States Postal Service because it allowed individuals and businesses to ship mail from coast to coast in a fraction of the time as it did by train.

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