The Chicago 512 (47mm)
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The Chicago 512 (47mm)

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The Chicago 512 (47mm)
The Chicago 512 (47mm)
The Chicago 512 (47mm)
The Chicago 512 (47mm)
The Chicago 512 (47mm)
The Chicago 512 (47mm)
The Chicago 512 (47mm)
The Chicago 512 (47mm)
The Chicago 512 (47mm)
The Chicago 512 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 512 unique: Today, we’re delighted to present to you this incredibly rare piece that was initially produced by the Elgin National Watch Company and commissioned by Tiffany — the Chicago 512. The front of this splendid watch has a single-sunk white dial with unforgettably-stylish black hour numerals and blood-red minute numerals. It features distinct and sophisticated markings that read “The Tiffany Watch,” boasting its recherché and luxurious creation. The Tiffany Watch Company which may or may not have been associated with modern-day "Tiffany," contracted Elgin to produce a small run of these watches. The front of the watch displays light-blue extra-heavy spade & whip watch hands which are also a rare pairing for a 12-size movement. We encased this breathtaking pocket watch within our stylish Machined Titanium case and matched it with a side-mounted nickel-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case comes with a transparent back, allowing you to see its stunning 344-grade hunting movement with notable details, such as its Breguet hairspring, Moseley Regulator, Quick train, and Going Barrel. You can also see the movement’s 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels as well as its gold-plated gears. To top the piece off, we paired it with our Cordovan Black leather watch, complementing the watch’s hands and adding even more style to the final product.

The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured this remarkable piece commissioned by the Tiffany Company in Elgin, Illinois, in 1920 — the same year that the United States census counted over 100,000,000 residents for the first time. The previous census of 1910 reported 92,228,496 people, and with the exact enumeration being 106,021,537 in 1920, the United States’ population saw a 15% increase. The city with the highest population was New York, with 5,620,058, and Chicago came in second with 2,701,705 people. Today, New York City has around 8.5 million, while Chicago only has 2,746,388.

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: 22141288
  • Manufacture Year: 1920
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 512 unique: Today, we’re delighted to present to you this incredibly rare piece that was initially produced by the Elgin National Watch Company and commissioned by Tiffany — the Chicago 512. The front of this splendid watch has a single-sunk white dial with unforgettably-stylish black hour numerals and blood-red minute numerals. It features distinct and sophisticated markings that read “The Tiffany Watch,” boasting its recherché and luxurious creation. The Tiffany Watch Company which may or may not have been associated with modern-day "Tiffany," contracted Elgin to produce a small run of these watches. The front of the watch displays light-blue extra-heavy spade & whip watch hands which are also a rare pairing for a 12-size movement. We encased this breathtaking pocket watch within our stylish Machined Titanium case and matched it with a side-mounted nickel-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case comes with a transparent back, allowing you to see its stunning 344-grade hunting movement with notable details, such as its Breguet hairspring, Moseley Regulator, Quick train, and Going Barrel. You can also see the movement’s 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels as well as its gold-plated gears. To top the piece off, we paired it with our Cordovan Black leather watch, complementing the watch’s hands and adding even more style to the final product.

The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured this remarkable piece commissioned by the Tiffany Company in Elgin, Illinois, in 1920 — the same year that the United States census counted over 100,000,000 residents for the first time. The previous census of 1910 reported 92,228,496 people, and with the exact enumeration being 106,021,537 in 1920, the United States’ population saw a 15% increase. The city with the highest population was New York, with 5,620,058, and Chicago came in second with 2,701,705 people. Today, New York City has around 8.5 million, while Chicago only has 2,746,388.

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