The Cleveland 040 (46mm)

The Cleveland 040 (46mm)

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The Cleveland 040 (46mm)
The Cleveland 040 (46mm)
The Cleveland 040 (46mm)
The Cleveland 040 (46mm)
The Cleveland 040 (46mm)
The Cleveland 040 (46mm)
The Cleveland 040 (46mm)
The Cleveland 040 (46mm)
The Cleveland 040 (46mm)
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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 Ball Watch Company. We call this model "The Cleveland" because the company was located within the Cleveland city limits.

Case Style: Machined Titanium cases have been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. A DLC or "Diamond Like Carbon" coating is then applied to the case to create a uniquely black finish. While in the family of PVD coatings, DLC provides a small amount of transparency that allows us to see machine marks and surface detail while still appearing black. This coating is extremely durable and represents the best we have to offer.

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 from the Ball Watch Company. Founded by Webb C. Ball in 1891, Ball Watch Company's watches focused on the railroad industry and had a reputation for quality that was second to none. Mr. Ball famously invented and implemented a standard set of watch inspections and requirements to qualify a watch for use on the railroad at a time when timekeeping was paramount to safety. This was known as a "Standard" or "Railroad Grade" watch. The core of the manufacturing for these watches was performed by Hamilton and Waltham Watch Companies, but the adjustment, finishing, and testing performed by Ball set them ahead of the pack. One of the few companies still in existence, Ball now makes watches in Switzerland and is owned by Hong Kong group Asia Commercial Holdings Ltd.

The Cleveland 040 is the 40th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Cleveland" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Cleveland 040 Unique: We are elated to present this spectacular timepiece from the Ball Watch Company. We knew right away that our DLC case and black strap would be the perfect way to compliment this spectacularly designed dial. The incredibly intricate texture of this dial is a signature look from Ball and is something worth taking a second look at. These dark gothic style hands and numerals continue the theme and really let the small details in the dial stand out. The eye catching features continue on our open back design, to showcase this beautiful movement. A circular design all throughout the ¾ build plate has been delicately machined then inlaid with copper to accentuate the lettering. 19 screw-set jewels and rose gold gears add some flair, while this brass balance wheel and double roller escapement keep everything working together seamlessly. Webb C. Ball became obsessed with accuracy for his watches, and created a set of standards for all watches to be held to in order to maintain perfectly accurate time for railroad engineers. He personally oversaw 125,000 plus miles of tracks all across the United States. Most trains traveling across the country share the same tracks and have to cross each other at very specific times, making the pocket watch one of their most important tools. The phrase “On the Ball” is said to have derived from referencing the incredible accuracy of these ball watches, being the standard for all railroad engineers at the time.

1927

B402268

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: DLC Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Hands: Original
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Original Manufacturer: Ball Watch Company
  • Original Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 19j
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
The skeleton back is amazing and the packaging was perfect. To honor the past with details like this is truly impressive.
—Brad from Florida
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
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

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