The Chicago 493 (47mm)
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The Chicago 493 (47mm)

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The Chicago 493 (47mm)
The Chicago 493 (47mm)
The Chicago 493 (47mm)
The Chicago 493 (47mm)
The Chicago 493 (47mm)
The Chicago 493 (47mm)
The Chicago 493 (47mm)
The Chicago 493 (47mm)
The Chicago 493 (47mm)
The Chicago 493 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 493 unique: Today, we are proud to present this striking timepiece, originally created by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1929 — meet the Chicago 493! This watch is an antique beauty, preserved and protected by our Sandblasted Titanium case, which perfectly matches the warm hues of the dial. Beautiful golden numbers encircle the face, while the sub-dial shines like gold. The luminous design of the main is a perfect background for the dark grey hands. Moving to the back of the watch, we admire the bridge plate that has been carefully damaskeened with this intricate pattern throughout. With Gold-plated gears and 17 jewels, this grade 345 timepiece from Elgin is a visually stunning work of art.

This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1929. At this same time in Tennessee, The Seeing Eye was established by Dorothy Harrison Eustis and Morris Frank. This is the oldest and one of the largest seeing eye dog schools in the country and continues to train dogs to guide still to this day.

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

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 25242342
  • Manufacture Year: 1923
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

What makes the Chicago 493 unique: Today, we are proud to present this striking timepiece, originally created by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1929 — meet the Chicago 493! This watch is an antique beauty, preserved and protected by our Sandblasted Titanium case, which perfectly matches the warm hues of the dial. Beautiful golden numbers encircle the face, while the sub-dial shines like gold. The luminous design of the main is a perfect background for the dark grey hands. Moving to the back of the watch, we admire the bridge plate that has been carefully damaskeened with this intricate pattern throughout. With Gold-plated gears and 17 jewels, this grade 345 timepiece from Elgin is a visually stunning work of art.

This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1929. At this same time in Tennessee, The Seeing Eye was established by Dorothy Harrison Eustis and Morris Frank. This is the oldest and one of the largest seeing eye dog schools in the country and continues to train dogs to guide still to this day.

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