The Cleveland 042 (46mm)

The Cleveland 042 (46mm)

The Cleveland 042 (46mm)
The Cleveland 042 (46mm)
The Cleveland 042 (46mm)
The Cleveland 042 (46mm)
The Cleveland 042 (46mm)
The Cleveland 042 (46mm)
The Cleveland 042 (46mm)
The Cleveland 042 (46mm)
The Cleveland 042 (46mm)
The Cleveland 042 (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 Ball Watch Company. We call this model "The Cleveland" because the company was located within the Cleveland city limits.

What makes the Cleveland 042 unique: Today, we’re excited to spotlight this sophisticated and historic piece originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in 1926 — the Cleveland 042. The watch features a breathtaking dial with a highly unique and sophisticated center design. The design shimmers brilliantly against the piece’s cream-colored background. The dial also sports dark, stylized numerals and blue hour and minute hands. We paired the pocket watch with our pristine and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case along with a nickel-plated crown. The gleaming case and crown make the complete piece shine even more spectacularly. Our Machined Titanium case also sports an open back, revealing a commercial-standard open-face movement nickel finish and circular finish pattern. This watch was originally produced in 1926 in Springfield, Illinois  — the same year in which Chrysler introduced the iconic and trailblazing Chrysler Imperial. Chrysler developed the vehicle in order to compete with other luxury car manufacturers, including Cadillac and Lincoln. Chrysler equipped the Imperial with a 288.6 cubic inch six-cylinder engine. The vehicle set a transcontinental speed record in 1926 by traveling over 6,500 miles within a week. Chrysler advertisements referred to the vehicle as the “Chrysler Imperial ‘80’,” referencing the vehicle’s ability to travel at 80 miles per hour.

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 B406206 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.

Watch Specifications

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

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Ball Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  B406206
  • Manufacture Year:  1926
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 19j
  • 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 Cleveland 042 unique: Today, we’re excited to spotlight this sophisticated and historic piece originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in 1926 — the Cleveland 042. The watch features a breathtaking dial with a highly unique and sophisticated center design. The design shimmers brilliantly against the piece’s cream-colored background. The dial also sports dark, stylized numerals and blue hour and minute hands. We paired the pocket watch with our pristine and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case along with a nickel-plated crown. The gleaming case and crown make the complete piece shine even more spectacularly. Our Machined Titanium case also sports an open back, revealing a commercial-standard open-face movement nickel finish and circular finish pattern. This watch was originally produced in 1926 in Springfield, Illinois  — the same year in which Chrysler introduced the iconic and trailblazing Chrysler Imperial. Chrysler developed the vehicle in order to compete with other luxury car manufacturers, including Cadillac and Lincoln. Chrysler equipped the Imperial with a 288.6 cubic inch six-cylinder engine. The vehicle set a transcontinental speed record in 1926 by traveling over 6,500 miles within a week. Chrysler advertisements referred to the vehicle as the “Chrysler Imperial ‘80’,” referencing the vehicle’s ability to travel at 80 miles per hour.

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