The Rockford 002 (49mm)

The Rockford 002 (49mm)

The Rockford 002 (49mm)
The Rockford 002 (49mm)
The Rockford 002 (49mm)
The Rockford 002 (49mm)
The Rockford 002 (49mm)
The Rockford 002 (49mm)
The Rockford 002 (49mm)
The Rockford 002 (49mm)
The Rockford 002 (49mm)
The Rockford 002 (49mm)

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 Rockford Watch Company. We call this model "The Rockford" because the company was located in Rockford Illinois.

What makes the Rockford 002 unique: Today, we’re delighted to feature this breathtaking watch that was first released by the Rockford Watch Company over a century ago — the Rockford 002. This watch displays a white, double-sunk dial with stylish, bold black hour numerals and red minute numerals arranged in five-minute increments. It also showcases a matching subdial as well as blued steel extra heavy spade & whip watch hands. We encased this remarkable antique pocket watch within our larger 49mm Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a matching titanium crown to accentuate its refined dial. Our Machined Titanium comes with a transparent back, enabling you to see the pocket watch’s historic 566-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish, gilt inlay color, and pendant setting. The rear side of the watch also boasts gold-plated gears and 17 sumptuous jewels throughout its ¾ plate. We are absolutely mesmerized by the demaskeened pattern that has been carefully machined all throughout this incredible movement, continually keeping your eye moving around to all of the details. Finally, we made this historic piece of American manufacturing history wearable with our comfortable, hand-crafted Black leather watch strap.

The Rockford Watch Company originally manufactured the Rockford 002’s pocket watch in Rockford, Illinois, in 1910 — the same year that Jack Johnson, the first black World Heavyweight Champion, beat James J. Jeffries in the World Heavyweight Championship of Boxing in Reno, Nevada. Jeffries was previously undefeated and came out of retirement to fight Johnson in what’s today known as the “fight of the century.” The fight served as a critical moment in African-American sports history. Leading up to the match, the press and much of the general public referred to James J. Jeffries as the “Great White Hope,” and famous author Jack London wrote that Jeffries was “the chosen representative of the white race.” Much to racist Americans’ dismay, Johnson defeated Jeffries in the fifteenth round. Tragically, a series of race riots targeting black individuals broke out in several cities after the match.

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 802880 from the Rockford Watch Company. The Rockford Watch Company began operation in 1873 with equipment purchased from the Cornell Watch Company. Four hundred local businesses and individuals pledged $150,000 (over $3mil with inflation) of support to stimulate the growth of their town. The company struggled to keep up with demand early on, and eventually went bankrupt. Rockford was rejuvenated in 1901, but a major fire and lightning strike slowed the company further in 1903. By 1915 the company closed its doors, though the building still stands vacant.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 49mm
    • Height: 13.5mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 59mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Titanium
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Rockford Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  802880
  • Manufacture Year:  1910
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 16s
  • 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 Rockford 002 unique: Today, we’re delighted to feature this breathtaking watch that was first released by the Rockford Watch Company over a century ago — the Rockford 002. This watch displays a white, double-sunk dial with stylish, bold black hour numerals and red minute numerals arranged in five-minute increments. It also showcases a matching subdial as well as blued steel extra heavy spade & whip watch hands. We encased this remarkable antique pocket watch within our larger 49mm Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a matching titanium crown to accentuate its refined dial. Our Machined Titanium comes with a transparent back, enabling you to see the pocket watch’s historic 566-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish, gilt inlay color, and pendant setting. The rear side of the watch also boasts gold-plated gears and 17 sumptuous jewels throughout its ¾ plate. We are absolutely mesmerized by the demaskeened pattern that has been carefully machined all throughout this incredible movement, continually keeping your eye moving around to all of the details. Finally, we made this historic piece of American manufacturing history wearable with our comfortable, hand-crafted Black leather watch strap.

The Rockford Watch Company originally manufactured the Rockford 002’s pocket watch in Rockford, Illinois, in 1910 — the same year that Jack Johnson, the first black World Heavyweight Champion, beat James J. Jeffries in the World Heavyweight Championship of Boxing in Reno, Nevada. Jeffries was previously undefeated and came out of retirement to fight Johnson in what’s today known as the “fight of the century.” The fight served as a critical moment in African-American sports history. Leading up to the match, the press and much of the general public referred to James J. Jeffries as the “Great White Hope,” and famous author Jack London wrote that Jeffries was “the chosen representative of the white race.” Much to racist Americans’ dismay, Johnson defeated Jeffries in the fifteenth round. Tragically, a series of race riots targeting black individuals broke out in several cities after the match.

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