The Chicago 520 (46mm)

The Chicago 520 (46mm)

The Chicago 520 (46mm)
The Chicago 520 (46mm)
The Chicago 520 (46mm)
The Chicago 520 (46mm)
The Chicago 520 (46mm)
The Chicago 520 (46mm)
The Chicago 520 (46mm)
The Chicago 520 (46mm)
The Chicago 520 (46mm)
The Chicago 520 (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 520 unique: We’re thrilled to showcase this splendid piece of watch history that was originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company — the Chicago 520. This watch boasts a beautiful single-sunk, light gray dial with rustic, brown numerals and a sophisticated, light gold-colored center design. The front of this unforgettable watch also features blued steel spade and whip watch hands and a subdial that matches its center design. We encased the pocket watch within our Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown, complementing the dial’s light gold-colored details. On the rear side, you can view the pocket watch’s original 384-grade open-face movement with a Moseley regulator, Quick train, Going barrel, and Breguet hairspring. You can also see the movement’s sumptuous gold-plated gears and 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we matched the watch with our stylish and comfortable Cordovan Oxblood leather strap, making the final product all the more elegant.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially released the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1920 — the same year that F. Scott Fitzerald published his first novel, This Side of Paradise. The book depicts the life of a privileged student at Princeton University during the Jazz Age. The novel is considered to be the first work to bring extensive attention to the Jazz Age generation. Although Fitzgerand is primarily known for his 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, he received much acclaim for his debut novel, which gave him widespread success practically overnight. Famous literary critic Burton Rascoe gave a glowing review for the work and stated that the public should “make a note of the name, F. Scott Fitzerland. It is borne by a 23-year-old novelist who will … be much heard of hereafter.”

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 22687597 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: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  22687597
  • Manufacture Year:  1920
  • 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 520 unique: We’re thrilled to showcase this splendid piece of watch history that was originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company — the Chicago 520. This watch boasts a beautiful single-sunk, light gray dial with rustic, brown numerals and a sophisticated, light gold-colored center design. The front of this unforgettable watch also features blued steel spade and whip watch hands and a subdial that matches its center design. We encased the pocket watch within our Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown, complementing the dial’s light gold-colored details. On the rear side, you can view the pocket watch’s original 384-grade open-face movement with a Moseley regulator, Quick train, Going barrel, and Breguet hairspring. You can also see the movement’s sumptuous gold-plated gears and 17 screw-set ruby and sapphire jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we matched the watch with our stylish and comfortable Cordovan Oxblood leather strap, making the final product all the more elegant.

The Elgin National Watch Company initially released the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1920 — the same year that F. Scott Fitzerald published his first novel, This Side of Paradise. The book depicts the life of a privileged student at Princeton University during the Jazz Age. The novel is considered to be the first work to bring extensive attention to the Jazz Age generation. Although Fitzgerand is primarily known for his 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, he received much acclaim for his debut novel, which gave him widespread success practically overnight. Famous literary critic Burton Rascoe gave a glowing review for the work and stated that the public should “make a note of the name, F. Scott Fitzerland. It is borne by a 23-year-old novelist who will … be much heard of hereafter.”

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