The Chicago 510 (46mm)

The Chicago 510 (46mm)

The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (46mm)
The Chicago 510 (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 510 unique: We’re excited to present to you this gorgeous wristwatch that features an antique movement originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company over 115 years ago — the Chicago 510. The original pocket watch is a Lord Elgin variation, and it presents a beautiful cream-colored watch face with stylish and bold black numerals. This antique, single-sunk dial also boasts splendid blued steel solid diamond kite watch hands. We encased this elegant pocket watch within our robust and fashionable Gilded Titanium case and equipped it with an eye-catching nickel-plated crown, complementing the dial’s color palette. Our Gilded Titanium case features a transparent back, enabling watch enthusiasts to view its original 194-grade open-face movement with a jeweled safety barrel, quick train, Breguet hairspring, and Moseley regulator. You can also see the watch’s breathtaking 23 ruby jewels with raised gold settings that energize its gold-plated gears. We matched this remarkable watch with our comfortable, hand-crafted Olive leather watch strap, perfectly complementing our exquisite case.

The Elgin National Watch Company first released the Chicago 510’s pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1906 — the same year that the first legal forward pass was thrown in gridiron football (American football). Gridiron football developed from rugby, which doesn’t allow the forward pass. In the early 20th century, gridiron football was incredibly violent and even resulted in a number of player deaths. Some wanted to outlaw the sport entirely, and President Theodore Roosevelt demanded that the game’s rules change in an effort to make the sport safer. In 1905, representatives from over 60 schools got together and developed new rules to make the sport safer, including the forward pass. The first legal forward pass was executed by Saint Louis University’s player Bradbury Robinson a year later.

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 12147108 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: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  12147108
  • Manufacture Year:  1906
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 23j
  • 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 510 unique: We’re excited to present to you this gorgeous wristwatch that features an antique movement originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company over 115 years ago — the Chicago 510. The original pocket watch is a Lord Elgin variation, and it presents a beautiful cream-colored watch face with stylish and bold black numerals. This antique, single-sunk dial also boasts splendid blued steel solid diamond kite watch hands. We encased this elegant pocket watch within our robust and fashionable Gilded Titanium case and equipped it with an eye-catching nickel-plated crown, complementing the dial’s color palette. Our Gilded Titanium case features a transparent back, enabling watch enthusiasts to view its original 194-grade open-face movement with a jeweled safety barrel, quick train, Breguet hairspring, and Moseley regulator. You can also see the watch’s breathtaking 23 ruby jewels with raised gold settings that energize its gold-plated gears. We matched this remarkable watch with our comfortable, hand-crafted Olive leather watch strap, perfectly complementing our exquisite case.

The Elgin National Watch Company first released the Chicago 510’s pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1906 — the same year that the first legal forward pass was thrown in gridiron football (American football). Gridiron football developed from rugby, which doesn’t allow the forward pass. In the early 20th century, gridiron football was incredibly violent and even resulted in a number of player deaths. Some wanted to outlaw the sport entirely, and President Theodore Roosevelt demanded that the game’s rules change in an effort to make the sport safer. In 1905, representatives from over 60 schools got together and developed new rules to make the sport safer, including the forward pass. The first legal forward pass was executed by Saint Louis University’s player Bradbury Robinson a year later.

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