The Chicago 532 (47mm)
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The Chicago 532 (47mm)

Lumed Dial
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The Chicago 532 (47mm)
The Chicago 532 (47mm)
The Chicago 532 (47mm)
The Chicago 532 (47mm)
The Chicago 532 (47mm)
The Chicago 532 (47mm)
The Chicago 532 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Chicago 532 unique:
Check out The Chicago 532. A special, one-of-a-kind American Artisan Series watch built specifically for Star Wars Day. Designed by Kyle here in the shop, this watch was a full team effort. Kyle wanted an all-black watch with a specific patina on the crown and hands.  We found an antique Elgin Watch Company movement from 1922 with a previously "unusable" dial. We then used a diamond-like carbon (DLC) black coating on both the case and case-back to complete it.
 
When we started, the dial was so worn that you couldn't see the numerals, so our watchmaker Kent painstakingly hand-painted green lume on the numbers and hands. This level of detail is hard to achieve, and we'll likely not do it again, so to say this watch is truly a unique piece is definitely an understatement. 
 
May the 4th be with you!

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
  • Model Year: 2023
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Black
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Elgin Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 24363198
  • Manufacture Year: 1922
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Chicago 532 unique:
Check out The Chicago 532. A special, one-of-a-kind American Artisan Series watch built specifically for Star Wars Day. Designed by Kyle here in the shop, this watch was a full team effort. Kyle wanted an all-black watch with a specific patina on the crown and hands.  We found an antique Elgin Watch Company movement from 1922 with a previously "unusable" dial. We then used a diamond-like carbon (DLC) black coating on both the case and case-back to complete it.
 
When we started, the dial was so worn that you couldn't see the numerals, so our watchmaker Kent painstakingly hand-painted green lume on the numbers and hands. This level of detail is hard to achieve, and we'll likely not do it again, so to say this watch is truly a unique piece is definitely an understatement. 
 
May the 4th be with you!

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