The Chicago 509 (46mm)

The Chicago 509 (46mm)

The Chicago 509 (46mm)
The Chicago 509 (46mm)
The Chicago 509 (46mm)
The Chicago 509 (46mm)
The Chicago 509 (46mm)
The Chicago 509 (46mm)
The Chicago 509 (46mm)
The Chicago 509 (46mm)
The Chicago 509 (46mm)
The Chicago 509 (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 509 unique: We’re happy to present to you this stunning wristwatch that features a pocket watch from nearly a century ago — the Chicago 509. The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured the Chicago 509’s historic pocket watch, and it features an elegant cream-colored dial. The dial boasts bold black numerals with transparent drop shadows, blued steel solid diamond kite hands, and a matching subdial. We encased this remarkable pocket watch within our powerful and stylish Blued Titanium case and equipped it with a nickel-plated crown. Our Blued Titanium case features an open back, enabling horologists and watch lovers to view the pocket watch’s intricate inner workings, including a 477-grade open-face movement with a ¾ plate, nickel finish, and a pendant setting. Additionally, the movement features a quick train, Moseley regulator, Breguet hairspring, and a going barrel. Finally, this historic movement showcases 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels that help turn the sumptuous gold-plated gears. We matched the watch with our Stone leather watch strap, adding even more style to this fashionable piece of history.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially produced the Chicago 509’s pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year the New York Giants became a football team. Tim Mara established the football team by investing $500, and under Mara’s ownership, the team won the NFL Championship Game in 1927, 1934, 1938, and 1956 — these championships all occurred pre-Super Bowl, which was created in 1966. The first game that the New York Giants played was against the All New Britain team, a now-defunct team that was based out of New Britain, Connecticut. After the 26-0 victory, the team went on to finish the season 8-4.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. We use pressurized, fine glass beads in a sandblasting chamber to soften the edges and make the finish uniform. 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 27399551 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: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  27399551
  • Manufacture Year:  1925
  • 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 509 unique: We’re happy to present to you this stunning wristwatch that features a pocket watch from nearly a century ago — the Chicago 509. The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured the Chicago 509’s historic pocket watch, and it features an elegant cream-colored dial. The dial boasts bold black numerals with transparent drop shadows, blued steel solid diamond kite hands, and a matching subdial. We encased this remarkable pocket watch within our powerful and stylish Blued Titanium case and equipped it with a nickel-plated crown. Our Blued Titanium case features an open back, enabling horologists and watch lovers to view the pocket watch’s intricate inner workings, including a 477-grade open-face movement with a ¾ plate, nickel finish, and a pendant setting. Additionally, the movement features a quick train, Moseley regulator, Breguet hairspring, and a going barrel. Finally, this historic movement showcases 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels that help turn the sumptuous gold-plated gears. We matched the watch with our Stone leather watch strap, adding even more style to this fashionable piece of history.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially produced the Chicago 509’s pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year the New York Giants became a football team. Tim Mara established the football team by investing $500, and under Mara’s ownership, the team won the NFL Championship Game in 1927, 1934, 1938, and 1956 — these championships all occurred pre-Super Bowl, which was created in 1966. The first game that the New York Giants played was against the All New Britain team, a now-defunct team that was based out of New Britain, Connecticut. After the 26-0 victory, the team went on to finish the season 8-4.

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