"The Indiana" 006 (49.5mm) – Vortic Watch Co
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"The Indiana" 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 "Indiana 006" is the 6th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Indiana" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch features a water-resistant, titanium 3D printed case and a knurled, nickel plated copper alloy crown. The mechanics of the restored movement are visible through the Gorilla Glass crystal of the exhibition style, stainless steel back. 

Dial - The original, blued steel, "whipped-spade" style hands point to a metal dial with bold, sans serif, concentric, Arabic numerals.

Movement Info - Originally produced by the Illinois Watch Company in 1919, this "211" grade movement is in excellent condition.

Movement Features - The movement has nickel plated bridges and main plate decorated with wide, straight Geneva stripes and circular graining, a fully jeweled gear train (17 jewels) with gold jewel settings, a fully gold gear train, gilt lettering and decoration, highly polished winding wheels, adjustment to 3 positions, a Reed whipspring regulator, and a split-plate, fingered bridge design.

Original Serial: 916879

 
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Watch Specs

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Product Year: 2017
  • Warranty: Vortic 2-Year Revolving Warranty
  • Watch Dimensions: 
  • Case Finish: Raw Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Knurled Raw
  • Crown Location: 12 O'Clock (Open Face)
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Anti-Fingerprint Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Exhibition, Stainless Steel
  • Hands: Original Blued Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement Specs

  • Original Manufacturer: South Bend 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 South Bend 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.

Three brothers formed the South Bend Watch Company; George, Clement, and John M. Studebaker. The brothers purchased the Columbus Watch Company and produced watches in the style of the Columbus Watch Company.

Full-page ads showing the South Bend watch running in a block of ice were particularly effective. Numerous configurations and models were available with a price range of $16.00 to $125.00. All watches carried an “insured for a lifetime guarantee.”

Through the first two decades of the twentieth century, the company grew and prospered. During its peak years, the company produced 60,000 high-quality watches annually and employed nearly 600 employees. In all, the company made about 1.2 million pieces.

With the onset of the Depression, the company found itself with many delinquent accounts and the banks were unwilling to cooperate during uncertain times.

On November 27, 1929, the employees of the company were notified the plant would be closed until January 1, 1930.  The company never reopened.

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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