"The Cleveland" 006 (49.5mm) – Vortic Watch Co
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"The Cleveland" 006 (49.5mm)

Regular price $2,795.00 Sale

This watch is one-of-a-kind. When it's sold, it's gone forever.

Watch Description

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Watch - The "Cleveland 006" is the 6th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Cleveland" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch features a water-resistant, titanium 3D printed case with a blackened titanium finish and a knurled, gold crown.  The mechanics of the restored 1905 Ball Commercial Standard movement are visible through the Gorilla Glass crystal of the exhibition style, stainless steel back. 

Movement Info - Originally produced by the Ball Watch Company in 1905, this "Commercial Standard" grade movement was produced fairly early in the company's lifetime.

From a vintage Waltham advertisement: "Ball Watches are without question the finest watches that American talent and skilled labor can produce." 

 

Movement Features - This manually wound movement has nickel plated bridges and main plate decorated with elegant damascening and circular graining, a fully jeweled gear train (17 jewels), and a 3/4 plate bridge design.

Original Serial: B213938


 

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Watch Specs

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Product Year: 2017
  • Warranty: Vortic 2-Year Revolving Warranty
  • Watch Dimensions: 
    • Diameter = 49.5mm
    • Height = 13.5mm
    • Lug-to-Lug = 59mm
    • Lugs = 22mm
  • Case Finish: Blackened Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Knurled Gold
  • Crown Location: 3 O'Clock (Hunting)
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Anti-Fingerprint Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Exhibition, Stainless Steel
  • Hands: Original Blued Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement Specs

  • Original Manufacturer: Ball Watch Company
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Size: 16s
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Power Reserve: 36-42 Hours
  • Finish: Nickel

Why?

Truly American MAde

2-Year Revolving Warranty

U.S. Watchmaking History
About Ball Watch Company
About Vortic Watch Company

The United States has a rich history of manufacturing the best watches in the world. The greatest challenge for the watch industry is longevity, and these movements have passed the ultimate test of time by maintaining their integrity for over 100 years. Vortic is able to preserve the legacy of American watchmaking in the 21st century because of the unbelievable standard of quality that was commonplace during this era.

Many individuals are not aware that the United States was the leader in mechanical watch manufacturing during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Prior to this, watches were produced one-at-a-time and each part of a watch was made by one individual (mostly in England and Switzerland). The industry was not optimized to meet demand, and Americans seized the opportunity to manufacture watches in a new way that would encourage widespread use of timepieces, and pocket watches in particular.

American companies invented countless tools and machines for cutting metal parts that allowed them to make a superior product for a reduced price. Additionally, this advanced machinery developed for watch parts quickly spread to other industries. In fact, many believe that this is what led to America's reputation for industrial prowess in all forms during the 19th and 20th centuries. The original great American watch companies were known for their skill, craftsmanship, and ability to produce each part of a watch more efficiently, more accurately, and on a larger scale.

Eventually, the Swiss adopted American machinery with great success, and the introduction of cheap, disposable, battery-powered, quartz watches in the 1960's led to a rapid decline in demand for quality mechanical watches. The art of American watchmaking quickly vanished and each historic company was ultimately purchased by foreign investors.

Webb C. Ball, a jeweler & watchmaker, brought accurate time to Cleveland, Ohio when Standard Time was first adopted in 1883. Allegedly, following a major collision caused by an engineer's incorrect watch, the railroad officials commissioned Webb C. Ball as their General Time Inspector to establish precise standards and a reliable timepiece inspection system for railroad watches.

The Ball Watch Company did not manufacture movements directly, but their watches were specially built to exacting specifications using many advanced processes and proprietary designs. The company helped develop the requirements for timepieces used in railroad service, and their watches reflected that. Webb Ball established strict guidelines for the manufacturing of sturdy, reliable, precision timepieces including; resistance to magnetism, adjustment to five positions, isochronism, power reserve, and record keeping of the performance of each watch during the regular inspection.

The Ball Watch Company branded and distributed watches made by Hamilton, Waltham, Illinois, Elgin, E. Howard, and Hampden. Because of their rarity and quality, Ball watches are some of the most collectible American pocket watches. Ball only made approximately 200,000 watches in the United States.

The colloquial phrase "on the ball" is rumored to be derived from Webb C. Ball's watch standards and their reputation for accuracy.

The Vortic Watch Company is a high-end wristwatch engineering and manufacturing company based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Their inspiration lies in pairing classic watchmaking techniques and traditions with cutting-edge, modern technology.

After conceiving the company in Pennsylvania and attending Penn State, the founders relocated themselves and the business to Fort Collins, Colorado. The move was originally conducted to pursue career opportunities prior to full-time employment opportunity with Vortic. However, the pair fell in love with the location and decided to officially base the company in Fort Collins.

Since its founding, Vortic has been recognized by the likes of the New York Times, NPR, The Boston Globe, WatchTime Magazine, About Time magazine, and many other publications for their work in preserving United States history. Additionally, Vortic watches have been inducted to the NAWCC museum in Columbia, PA as well as the Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, MA.

The company is currently applying its product-focused attitude, unique aesthetics, and fresh ideas to creating additional products and perfecting their trade.

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