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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.
Case Style: 3D printed American Artisan Series cases are grown, one thin layer at a time, using powdered titanium and a high power laser. Each case is lightly barrel-polished to remove sharp edges while maintaining a vintage-style finish on the exterior. The interior of the case is CNC machined for accuracy and water resistance. The “Blackened” titanium option has been heat-treated and quenched in oil to appear black. This process produces a one-of-a-kind finish and slight variations in consistency are normal.
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 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 - The "Rockford 028" is the 28th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Rockford" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch features a water-resistant, titanium 3D printed case and a round, 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.
Case - The 3D printed Titanium case on this particular watch is the first "Blued Titanium" case Vortic has ever made. A long and tedious process, bluing the titanium is an art form in itself. The deep and rich color of this blue was achieved through long hours in the heat treating kiln. This is not a paint, and will not scratch. This is chemically altered to become blue and will keep its beautiful color for life.
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 Rockford Watch Company in 1910, this "645" 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 (21 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: 825895
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- Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
- Model Year: 2017
- Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
- Case Dimensions:
- Case Finish: 3D Blackened Titanium
- Water Resistance: 1 ATM
- Crystals: Gorilla Glass
- Case Back:
- Hands: Original
- Strap: Leather
- Original Manufacturer: Rockford Watch Company
- Original Serial Number:
- Manufacture Year:
- Function: Manual Wind
- Jewels: 21j
- Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
Our mission is to preserve and enhance the legacy of manufacturing excellence in America. We believe that this legacy is highly relevant in the world of watch manufacturing because our goal is to marry form and function in a way that makes something beautiful that will last forever. American made pocket watches were of such a high quality and decoration that they evolved into more than just a way to tell time. They became traditional heirlooms to be inherited by future generations as a wedding gift or a coming of age treasure. Each piece tells a lively tale of what U.S. manufacturing meant in the past using an intricate language of decorated bridges, plates, gears, and springs. Today, we are restoring these pieces to their former glory and making them relevant again using the best of modern technology.
We feel proud and blessed to live in the country, state, and city that we do. However, our motivation to build everything in the United States, and to deal locally whenever possible, is derived from a different source of inspiration. We believe that the close relationships, face-to-face interaction, and tight quality control we achieve while dealing domestically produces a truly superior product. Because of this, we are very transparent about where our components are made as we continue to build our in-house capabilities.