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The Military Edition (First Edition): Pre-Order

Vortic’s first Limited Edition, the Military Edition is a set of 50 wristwatches built from very special antique American pocket watches. The pocket watches inside these wristwatches were originally manufactured for the U.S. Army Air Corps and flown on the B-17s and B-24s (the bomber aircraft) in World War II. It’s the ultimate military watch and has the most provenance of any product we’ve ever made.

Available only on Veterans Day, we will donate $500 from each watch to the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative that trains disabled military vets how to become professional watchmakers. The average unemployment rate for disabled war veterans is 82%, and the $25,000 we donate will put a dent in that figure!

Check out the National News Story here for more details on the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative:

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6102391489001/#sp=show-clips

The product descriptions and photos below will tell you more about all the specific details of the watch but we recommend watching our Military Edition Launch Video for the whole story.

NOTE: this is a pre-order and the watches will be made to order and delivered in early 2020, likely in February. Every watch by Vortic Watch Company is a unique, completely American made, hand-built piece, and that level of craftsmanship takes time. Full payment is due up-front to reserve yours.

After purchase, you will receive an email offering you two upgrades:

1) Choose Your Serial Number (+$500) - you may select a specific serial number like “2/50”, “3/50”, etc for an additional fee.

2) Rare Movement Marked “U.S. GOVT.” (+$500) - you can choose to upgrade the movement to one of the few special, rare movements we have with an additional original engraving. SOLD OUT

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2019 First Edition
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 49mm
  • Case Finish: Titanium with Black PVD
  • Crown/Hardware: Titanium with Black PVD
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM
  • Front Crystal: Domed German Glass
  • Back Crystal: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Titanium with Black PVD
  • Hands: Original Antiques
  • Strap #1: Military Canvas with Leather Backing
  • Strap #2: Black Horween Leather with White Stitching
  • Strap #3: Bomber Jacket Leather with Black Stitching

Movement

  • Original Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Co
  • Original Serial Number: Varies
  • Manufacture Year: Varies 1938 to 1950
  • Function: Hour, Minute, and Hacking Sweeping Seconds
  • Jewels: 22 Jewels
  • Size: 16size
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

Introduction

The Pocket Watches

Time In The Skies

RESTORATION OF THE ORIGINAL ANTIQUES

THE WRISTWATCH ENGINEERING SYSTEM

THE GLASS CRYSTALS

THE HAND CRAFTED STRAPS

THE VETERANS WATCHMAKER INITIATIVE

Upgrades and Options

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of the Military Edition?

Each of the 50 watches in the First Edition of the Military Edition is $4,995.

When and how can I purchase the Military Edition?

The Military Edition will be offered for sale on Veterans Day (November 11th, 2019) at 12:00 pm Mountain Time. Sign up for our VIP Early Access list, and you will receive an email a few hours ahead of everyone else, giving you exclusive access to pre-order the watch.

When will the watches be made and shipped?

The Military Edition will be made to order, and production will begin in mid November. It will take 2 - 3 months to manufacture, test, package, and ship all 50 watches.

What size is the Military Edition

The Military Edition is 49mm in diameter and 58mm lug to lug. The strap is 24mm, tapered to 22mm. The straps have been sized to fit any wrist between 6.5 and 8.5 inches (one size fits all). 

Will you make more Military Edition watches?

The Military Edition will be exclusively available on Veterans Day each year. We do not know how many antique pocket watches we can find in the future, so subsequent sets may have fewer pieces available and will likely sell at a higher price.

Is there a Military Discount available?

Yes. Active Duty Military and all U.S. Military Veterans can receive 10% off any purchase on www.vorticwatches.com by using discount code "Military." You will be contacted after purchase for proof of service.

What parts are antique, and what parts are modern?

Just like all watches in Vortic's American Artisan Series, everything inside the watch is an original, restored antique. All internal components, including the dial (face), hands, and movement (gears and springs that tell time), are from a pocket watch built a long time ago. We restore those antique movements using only original parts and then build a custom engineering system around it. Everything you can touch, on the outside of the watch, is modern. This includes the case, glass, leather straps, crown, etc. 

Will the Military Edition be available in any retail stores?

All 50 pieces in the First Edition will be made to order, but future sets might be available in stores. If you want to see the prototypes in person, please visit the Windup Watch Fair in New York City 10/25 - 10/27, The Great Republic Store in Washington D.C. on 11/9, or contact the Vortic Headquarters to visit us in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

What does GCT mean, and why is it on the antique dial?

GCT, during World War II, meant Greenwich Civil Time, the standard European timezone. Now called UTC, or Coordinated Universal Time, it relates to the time at 0 degrees Longitude - the location of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. It was the standard timezone for all Allied forces during the war.

Since the movement is roughly 70 years old, how well will the watch keep time?

We take care to restore and regulate each one, but "perfect" timekeeping, similar to a modern wristwatch, is not achievable. Each watch will be adjusted to keep excellent time on a day-to-day basis, but there will be variations from watch to watch. We attempt to regulate timekeeping within 30 seconds per day when averaged across all positions. For day to day use, you should not notice any fault in timekeeping.

Is the watch waterproof?

The watch industry does not use the term "waterproof." We always say "water-resistant" because every single watch is different, and all customer environments are different. The Military Edition is rated to 5atm of water resistance, meaning it is perfect for day to day use, but not intended for use while showering or swimming. 

What is the warranty on the Military Edition?

All Vortic watches come with a 2-year warranty. The bottom line is, if anything ever goes wrong, even after you have the watch for 2 years, we will take care of you. We pride ourselves in our customer service, and we can fix anything!

What box or packaging does it arrive inside?

The packaging is a secret! You will have to order one to find out!

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