The Chicago 490 (46mm)

The Chicago 490 (46mm)

The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (46mm)
The Chicago 490 (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 490 unique: We have a unique piece of history to share with you today that was originally built in Elgin, Illinois, by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1921— the Chicago 490. This stunning timepiece features a richly patinated face accompanied by an intricate paisley design and black numerals. There is also an eye-catching patina featured on both the central hands and subdial that draws out this piece's beauty. The original movement has been encased in our gilded titanium case and equipped with a copper crown to match the watch’s antiqued look. For this case color, we place our machined titanium in a kiln for a specific amount of time and temperature, and the result is this incredible gold-colored finish that catches your eye in all different angles. As you turn the watch over, you can view the magnificent ¾ plate movement through our unique clear-backed case. The machined-nickel plate is accompanied by both matching nickel and gold-plated gears. This watch’s striking movement also features 17 stunning screw-set rubies and sapphires along with a going barrel, Mosely regulator, and Breguet hairspring. We have paired this gorgeous watch with our moss watch strap to further highlight the rich textures of this piece.

The same year this watch was produced, in 1921, Hot Springs National Park was officially recognized as a national park in Arkansas. The park features ancient geothermal springs, gorgeous mountain views, and historic bathhouses built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The current bathhouses are no longer in use and were placed on the National Register of Historic Places over 50 years after the area was declared a national park in 1974.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. 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 24196986 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: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  24196986
  • Manufacture Year:  1921
  • 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 490 unique: We have a unique piece of history to share with you today that was originally built in Elgin, Illinois, by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1921— the Chicago 490. This stunning timepiece features a richly patinated face accompanied by an intricate paisley design and black numerals. There is also an eye-catching patina featured on both the central hands and subdial that draws out this piece's beauty. The original movement has been encased in our gilded titanium case and equipped with a copper crown to match the watch’s antiqued look. For this case color, we place our machined titanium in a kiln for a specific amount of time and temperature, and the result is this incredible gold-colored finish that catches your eye in all different angles. As you turn the watch over, you can view the magnificent ¾ plate movement through our unique clear-backed case. The machined-nickel plate is accompanied by both matching nickel and gold-plated gears. This watch’s striking movement also features 17 stunning screw-set rubies and sapphires along with a going barrel, Mosely regulator, and Breguet hairspring. We have paired this gorgeous watch with our moss watch strap to further highlight the rich textures of this piece.

The same year this watch was produced, in 1921, Hot Springs National Park was officially recognized as a national park in Arkansas. The park features ancient geothermal springs, gorgeous mountain views, and historic bathhouses built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The current bathhouses are no longer in use and were placed on the National Register of Historic Places over 50 years after the area was declared a national park in 1974.

Quality Straps

View Strap Options

Mission

Learn More About Vortic
Two men walking side by side through a leather curing facility.

American Made

Learn More About The American Artisan Series

Buy Now, Pay Later withAffirm Logo

0% APR for 6 Months