The Chicago 496 (47mm)
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The Chicago 496 (47mm)

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The Chicago 496 (47mm)
The Chicago 496 (47mm)
The Chicago 496 (47mm)
The Chicago 496 (47mm)
The Chicago 496 (47mm)
The Chicago 496 (47mm)
The Chicago 496 (47mm)
The Chicago 496 (47mm)
The Chicago 496 (47mm)
The Chicago 496 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 496 unique: Today, we’re happy to feature this highly sophisticated piece initially produced by the Elgin National Watch Company 116 years ago — the Chicago 496. This breathtaking pocket watch is a G.M. Wheeler variation, and it features a pristine white dial with black hour numerals and blood orange minute numerals. The front of this antique piece also displays blued steel spade and whip watch hands and a convenient subdial. We paired this already-stunning pocket watch with our stylish Machined Titanium case and nickel-plated crown. Our robust Machined Titanium case comes with a transparent back, enabling watch enthusiasts to view its historic 347-grade open-face movement with a “G.M. Wheeler” engraving that boasts a gilt inlay color and serif signing style. The back of the watch also features luxurious gold-plated gears and 17 sumptuous jewels. To top the watch off, we paired it with our comfortable merlot leather watch strap, making the final piece even more eye-catching.

The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured this stunning watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1906 — the same year that the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded President Theodore Roosevelt with the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in bringing peace between the Russian and Japanese Empires. He was the first U.S. president to receive the honor. In 1904, the Russo-Japanese War began when Russia expanded into Manchuria, potentially disrupting Japan’s plans of expanding their influence over Korea and Manchuria. The war began with the Battle of Port Arthur in February 1904 and raged on until the Treaty of Portsmouth concluded the conflict on September 5, 1905. President Roosevelt played a key role in brokering peace between the two nations.

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: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 12397964
  • Manufacture Year: 1906
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 496 unique: Today, we’re happy to feature this highly sophisticated piece initially produced by the Elgin National Watch Company 116 years ago — the Chicago 496. This breathtaking pocket watch is a G.M. Wheeler variation, and it features a pristine white dial with black hour numerals and blood orange minute numerals. The front of this antique piece also displays blued steel spade and whip watch hands and a convenient subdial. We paired this already-stunning pocket watch with our stylish Machined Titanium case and nickel-plated crown. Our robust Machined Titanium case comes with a transparent back, enabling watch enthusiasts to view its historic 347-grade open-face movement with a “G.M. Wheeler” engraving that boasts a gilt inlay color and serif signing style. The back of the watch also features luxurious gold-plated gears and 17 sumptuous jewels. To top the watch off, we paired it with our comfortable merlot leather watch strap, making the final piece even more eye-catching.

The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured this stunning watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1906 — the same year that the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded President Theodore Roosevelt with the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in bringing peace between the Russian and Japanese Empires. He was the first U.S. president to receive the honor. In 1904, the Russo-Japanese War began when Russia expanded into Manchuria, potentially disrupting Japan’s plans of expanding their influence over Korea and Manchuria. The war began with the Battle of Port Arthur in February 1904 and raged on until the Treaty of Portsmouth concluded the conflict on September 5, 1905. President Roosevelt played a key role in brokering peace between the two nations.

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