The Chicago 486 (47mm)
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The Chicago 486 (47mm)

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The Chicago 486 (47mm)
The Chicago 486 (47mm)
The Chicago 486 (47mm)
The Chicago 486 (47mm)
The Chicago 486 (47mm)
The Chicago 486 (47mm)
The Chicago 486 (47mm)
The Chicago 486 (47mm)
The Chicago 486 (47mm)
The Chicago 486 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 486 unique: We have an exquisite new watch to share with you today that was initially produced in 1920 by the Elgin Watch Company in Elgin, Illinois — the Chicago 486. This remarkable timepiece features a single-sunk dial with blue spade hands accompanying the watch’s elegant black numerals and subdial. The marbled face also contains an eye-catching, textured gold inlay that is complemented by our brand new bronzed titanium case and gold-plated crown. You can also view the extraordinary inner workings of this watch through our unique case. The movement features a going barrel, Breguet hairspring, and Mosely regulator. Additionally, the timepiece features glittering gold-plated gears and 17 splendid screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels. To top it off, we have paired the movement with a black leather watch band to further highlight the beauty of this one-of-a-kind piece.

1920 marked the beginning of the decade known as the “Roaring 20s.” America’s wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, which led to an increase in consumer culture. This era of consumerism bonded the country in many ways, including coast-to-coast advertising and the spread of chain stores that allowed people to buy the same products. One of the most purchased products in the country was the radio, and there were radios in more than 12 million households nationwide.

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: 22295207
  • Manufacture Year: 1920
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 486 unique: We have an exquisite new watch to share with you today that was initially produced in 1920 by the Elgin Watch Company in Elgin, Illinois — the Chicago 486. This remarkable timepiece features a single-sunk dial with blue spade hands accompanying the watch’s elegant black numerals and subdial. The marbled face also contains an eye-catching, textured gold inlay that is complemented by our brand new bronzed titanium case and gold-plated crown. You can also view the extraordinary inner workings of this watch through our unique case. The movement features a going barrel, Breguet hairspring, and Mosely regulator. Additionally, the timepiece features glittering gold-plated gears and 17 splendid screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels. To top it off, we have paired the movement with a black leather watch band to further highlight the beauty of this one-of-a-kind piece.

1920 marked the beginning of the decade known as the “Roaring 20s.” America’s wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, which led to an increase in consumer culture. This era of consumerism bonded the country in many ways, including coast-to-coast advertising and the spread of chain stores that allowed people to buy the same products. One of the most purchased products in the country was the radio, and there were radios in more than 12 million households nationwide.

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