The Chicago 513 (46mm)

The Chicago 513 (46mm)

The Chicago 513 (46mm)
The Chicago 513 (46mm)
The Chicago 513 (46mm)
The Chicago 513 (46mm)
The Chicago 513 (46mm)
The Chicago 513 (46mm)
The Chicago 513 (46mm)
The Chicago 513 (46mm)
The Chicago 513 (46mm)
The Chicago 513 (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 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.

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 25014677 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: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  25014677
  • Manufacture Year:  1922
  • 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 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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