The Rockford 042 (47mm)
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The Rockford 042 (47mm)

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The Rockford 042 (47mm)
The Rockford 042 (47mm)
The Rockford 042 (47mm)
The Rockford 042 (47mm)
The Rockford 042 (47mm)
The Rockford 042 (47mm)
The Rockford 042 (47mm)
The Rockford 042 (47mm)
The Rockford 042 (47mm)
The Rockford 042 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Rockford 042 unique: Today, we’re pleased to feature this remarkable piece initially produced by the Rockford Watch Company in 1914 — the Rockford 042. The front of the watch boasts a pristine, light-cream colored dial with elegant black hour numerals and red minute numerals. The dial also displays a matching subdial with black numerals as well as black spade & whip watch hands. We encased the stunning original pocket watch within our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a matching nickel-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can view the timepiece’s impressive inner workings, including its 335-grade open-face movement. The movement features luxurious and powerful gold-plated gears powered by 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we matched this one-of-a-kind watch with our comfortable, artisan-designed Stout leather watch strap. This finishing touch makes the antique piece even more sophisticated and unforgettable.

The Rockford Watch Company originally manufactured the Rockford 042’s pocket watch in Rockford, Illinois, in 1914 — the same year the United States Navy launched the USS Nevada (BB-36). The battleship was a huge step for the US Navy’s dreadnoughts, the primary type of battleship that militaries used during World War I. The USS Nevada featured key innovations used by subsequent battleships, including triple gun turrets and geared steam turbines. The ship fought in both World War I and World War II, and Japanese pilots bombed the powerhouse cruiser six times during Pearl Harbor. Miraculously, the USS Nevada survived the attack. The Navy decommissioned the battleship in 1946, and two years later, the Navy sank the ship for target practice.

Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Rockford Watch Company. We call this model "The Rockford" because the company was located in Rockford Illinois.

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: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Rockford Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 931733
  • Manufacture Year: 1914
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Rockford 042 unique: Today, we’re pleased to feature this remarkable piece initially produced by the Rockford Watch Company in 1914 — the Rockford 042. The front of the watch boasts a pristine, light-cream colored dial with elegant black hour numerals and red minute numerals. The dial also displays a matching subdial with black numerals as well as black spade & whip watch hands. We encased the stunning original pocket watch within our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a matching nickel-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can view the timepiece’s impressive inner workings, including its 335-grade open-face movement. The movement features luxurious and powerful gold-plated gears powered by 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we matched this one-of-a-kind watch with our comfortable, artisan-designed Stout leather watch strap. This finishing touch makes the antique piece even more sophisticated and unforgettable.

The Rockford Watch Company originally manufactured the Rockford 042’s pocket watch in Rockford, Illinois, in 1914 — the same year the United States Navy launched the USS Nevada (BB-36). The battleship was a huge step for the US Navy’s dreadnoughts, the primary type of battleship that militaries used during World War I. The USS Nevada featured key innovations used by subsequent battleships, including triple gun turrets and geared steam turbines. The ship fought in both World War I and World War II, and Japanese pilots bombed the powerhouse cruiser six times during Pearl Harbor. Miraculously, the USS Nevada survived the attack. The Navy decommissioned the battleship in 1946, and two years later, the Navy sank the ship for target practice.

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