The Chicago 487 (47mm)
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The Chicago 487 (47mm)

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The Chicago 487 (47mm)
The Chicago 487 (47mm)
The Chicago 487 (47mm)
The Chicago 487 (47mm)
The Chicago 487 (47mm)
The Chicago 487 (47mm)
The Chicago 487 (47mm)
The Chicago 487 (47mm)
The Chicago 487 (47mm)
The Chicago 487 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 487 unique:  Today, we’re excited to present this remarkable piece of history — the Chicago 487 watch. The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured the Chicago 487’s pocket watch in 1911, and this antique timepiece showcases a stunningly elegant style. The watch’s dial features black hour numerals and red minute numerals that display sophisticatedly against its pristine white background. The front of the watch also shows a matching subdial along with blue-tinted spade hands. We made this stylish piece even more eye-catching by encasing it within our Machined Titanium case, and we topped it off with a luxurious gold-plated crown.

Our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case also boasts a transparent back, revealing the watch’s 347-grade open-face movement with a Moseley regulator, quick train, and going barrel. This magnificent piece also features a gold-inlaid “G.M. Wheeler” engraving, referring to the Elgin National Watch Company’s founder George Montague Wheeler. Finally, you can view the watch’s gold-plated gears and 17 jewels throughout its ¾ plate. We matched this one-of-a-kind watch with our comfortable, hand-crafted Merlot leather watch strap.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially produced this breathtaking watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1911 — the same year the New York Public Library opened its Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, often referred to as the Main Branch or the 42nd Street Library. This important research library features over 2.5 million items and was declared a National Historic Landmark in the 1960s.

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: 15496875
  • Manufacture Year: 1911
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 487 unique:  Today, we’re excited to present this remarkable piece of history — the Chicago 487 watch. The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured the Chicago 487’s pocket watch in 1911, and this antique timepiece showcases a stunningly elegant style. The watch’s dial features black hour numerals and red minute numerals that display sophisticatedly against its pristine white background. The front of the watch also shows a matching subdial along with blue-tinted spade hands. We made this stylish piece even more eye-catching by encasing it within our Machined Titanium case, and we topped it off with a luxurious gold-plated crown.

Our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case also boasts a transparent back, revealing the watch’s 347-grade open-face movement with a Moseley regulator, quick train, and going barrel. This magnificent piece also features a gold-inlaid “G.M. Wheeler” engraving, referring to the Elgin National Watch Company’s founder George Montague Wheeler. Finally, you can view the watch’s gold-plated gears and 17 jewels throughout its ¾ plate. We matched this one-of-a-kind watch with our comfortable, hand-crafted Merlot leather watch strap.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially produced this breathtaking watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1911 — the same year the New York Public Library opened its Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, often referred to as the Main Branch or the 42nd Street Library. This important research library features over 2.5 million items and was declared a National Historic Landmark in the 1960s.

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