The Chicago 504 (47mm)
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The Chicago 504 (47mm)

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The Chicago 504 (47mm)
The Chicago 504 (47mm)
The Chicago 504 (47mm)
The Chicago 504 (47mm)
The Chicago 504 (47mm)
The Chicago 504 (47mm)
The Chicago 504 (47mm)
The Chicago 504 (47mm)
The Chicago 504 (47mm)
The Chicago 504 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 504 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this sophisticated watch originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company — the Chicago 504. On the front of the watch, you can see its breathtaking, single-sunk white dial with striking black hour numerals and dark-red minute indicators. The dial also features a helpful subdial and vivid blued-steel heavy spade watch hands. We made this piece even more elegant by pairing it with our Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a matching nickel-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case comes with an open back, revealing the watch’s antique 345-grade open-face movement with remarkable features, including its Quick train, Going barrel, Breguet hairspring, and Moseley regulator. The movement also comes with a ¾ plate with 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels as well as beautiful gold-plated gears. Finally, to tie the final product together, we matched it with our comfortable, artisan-designed Black leather watch strap.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially produced the Chicago 504’s historic pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year the U.S. Army accomplished the first successful aerial refueling. Lt. Virgil Hine and Frank W. Wifert conducted the first in-air fuel transfer on June 27, 1923, over Rockwell Field in San Diego. The Army outfitted a DH-4B as a tanker and equipped it with a 50-foot hose and a shutoff valve. The DH-4B lowered its fuel hose to the receiving plane — another DH-4B plane — and the person sitting in the rear seat received the hose and attached it to the aircraft.

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: 25715700
  • Manufacture Year: 1923
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 504 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this sophisticated watch originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company — the Chicago 504. On the front of the watch, you can see its breathtaking, single-sunk white dial with striking black hour numerals and dark-red minute indicators. The dial also features a helpful subdial and vivid blued-steel heavy spade watch hands. We made this piece even more elegant by pairing it with our Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a matching nickel-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case comes with an open back, revealing the watch’s antique 345-grade open-face movement with remarkable features, including its Quick train, Going barrel, Breguet hairspring, and Moseley regulator. The movement also comes with a ¾ plate with 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels as well as beautiful gold-plated gears. Finally, to tie the final product together, we matched it with our comfortable, artisan-designed Black leather watch strap.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially produced the Chicago 504’s historic pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year the U.S. Army accomplished the first successful aerial refueling. Lt. Virgil Hine and Frank W. Wifert conducted the first in-air fuel transfer on June 27, 1923, over Rockwell Field in San Diego. The Army outfitted a DH-4B as a tanker and equipped it with a 50-foot hose and a shutoff valve. The DH-4B lowered its fuel hose to the receiving plane — another DH-4B plane — and the person sitting in the rear seat received the hose and attached it to the aircraft.

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