The Chicago 513 (47mm)
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The Chicago 513 (47mm)

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The Chicago 513 (47mm)
The Chicago 513 (47mm)
The Chicago 513 (47mm)
The Chicago 513 (47mm)
The Chicago 513 (47mm)
The Chicago 513 (47mm)
The Chicago 513 (47mm)
The Chicago 513 (47mm)
The Chicago 513 (47mm)
The Chicago 513 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 513 unique: We’re delighted to showcase this unforgettable and distinct piece of American manufacturing history that was originally produced by the Elgin National Watch Company a century ago — the Chicago 513. This watch features an eye-catching, single-sunk dial with large and stylish black numerals along with highly unique blued steel watch hands. When viewing this piece, you can also see that the watch features a helpful subdial that complements the rest of its cream-colored dial. We placed this watch within our Blued Titanium case, and we installed a striking copper crown, making the watch even more memorable. Our Blued Titanium case comes with an exhibition back, allowing you to see its 384-grade open-face movement with sumptuous gold-plated gears and 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels throughout its ¾ plate. The movement also features a Going barrel, Moseley regulator, Breguet hairspring, and Quick train. Finally, we matched this remarkable watch with our artisan-designed Stone leather watch strap, making the completed piece all the more special.

The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1922 — the same year that legendary comic book author and publisher Stanley Martin Lieber — better known by his pseudonym Stan Lee — was born in New York City. Stan Lee was known for creating and co-creating some of the most famous comic book characters of all time, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, and many others, during his lengthy career at Marvel Comics. He started his writing career working as an assistant to his uncle, Robbie Solomon, in 1939 at Timely Comics, the predecessor of Marvel Comics. Lee adopted a pseudonym early in his career because he was embarrassed to be working on comic books, which were looked down upon at the time. With the re-emergence of the public’s interest in superheroes in the late 1950s, Lee and artist Jack Kirby developed their first original superhero comic — the Fantastic Four. The series became an immediate hit, and the duo developed numerous other characters that continue leaving their marks on popular culture.

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: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 25014677
  • Manufacture Year: 1922
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 513 unique: We’re delighted to showcase this unforgettable and distinct piece of American manufacturing history that was originally produced by the Elgin National Watch Company a century ago — the Chicago 513. This watch features an eye-catching, single-sunk dial with large and stylish black numerals along with highly unique blued steel watch hands. When viewing this piece, you can also see that the watch features a helpful subdial that complements the rest of its cream-colored dial. We placed this watch within our Blued Titanium case, and we installed a striking copper crown, making the watch even more memorable. Our Blued Titanium case comes with an exhibition back, allowing you to see its 384-grade open-face movement with sumptuous gold-plated gears and 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels throughout its ¾ plate. The movement also features a Going barrel, Moseley regulator, Breguet hairspring, and Quick train. Finally, we matched this remarkable watch with our artisan-designed Stone leather watch strap, making the completed piece all the more special.

The Elgin National Watch Company originally manufactured the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1922 — the same year that legendary comic book author and publisher Stanley Martin Lieber — better known by his pseudonym Stan Lee — was born in New York City. Stan Lee was known for creating and co-creating some of the most famous comic book characters of all time, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, and many others, during his lengthy career at Marvel Comics. He started his writing career working as an assistant to his uncle, Robbie Solomon, in 1939 at Timely Comics, the predecessor of Marvel Comics. Lee adopted a pseudonym early in his career because he was embarrassed to be working on comic books, which were looked down upon at the time. With the re-emergence of the public’s interest in superheroes in the late 1950s, Lee and artist Jack Kirby developed their first original superhero comic — the Fantastic Four. The series became an immediate hit, and the duo developed numerous other characters that continue leaving their marks on popular culture.

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