Watch - "The Roxbury” 004 is the 4th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Roxbury" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch features a water-resistant, titanium 3D printed case with a Blackened titanium finish and a Knurled Nickel crown. The mechanics of the restored movement are visible through the Gorilla Glass crystal of the exhibition style, stainless steel back.
Case - When powdered titanium is fused together one layer at a time in the direct metal laser sintering process (metal 3D printing), the outcome is a rough surface finish due to the layers in which it printed. Vortic lightly polishes and finishes each case before the heat treating and coloring process.
This 3D printed titanium case is blackened using a long and tedious process; blackening titanium is an art form in itself. This deep black is achieved through long hours in the heat treating kiln. This is not a paint, and will not scratch. This is chemically altered and will keep its color for life.
Movement Info - This "Unknown" grade movement was originally produced by the Howard Watch Company in 1903. This manually wound movement is beautifully decorated, and has a fully jeweled gear train (17 jewels).
Original Serial: 951930
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- Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
- Product Year: 2018
- Warranty: Vortic 2-Year Revolving Warranty
- Watch Dimensions:
- Diameter = 49.5mm
- Height = 13.5mm
- Lug-to-Lug = 59mm
- Lugs = 22mm
- Case Finish: Blackened Titanium
- Crown/Hardware: Knurled Nickel
- 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
- Original Manufacturer: Howard Watch Company
- Jewels: 17j
- Size: 16s
- Function: Manual Wind
- Power Reserve: 36-42 Hours
- Finish: Nickel
Vortic's mission is to salvage, restore, and preserve an important part of United States history. Today, beautiful antique pocket watch mechanisms are often cast aside when their original case is scrapped for precious metal value. American pocket watches were made with an incredible level of quality. So, after 100 years, many simply need a little patience from a skilled individual to make them run like new. Vortic fully restores these mechanisms and builds them into wristwatches to make them functional again and to preserve them for another 100+ years.
Truly American MAde
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 source 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.
2-Year Revolving Warranty
Vortic's 2-Year Revolving Warranty gives individuals the opportunity to warranty their watch for a lifetime. We exist in a throw-away society and we believe that's not right. The mechanisms inside our watches and the watch cases we build around them were made to last forever if taken care of. That is why our 2-year warranty re-starts when your watch is serviced by Vortic.
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.
Edward Howard is one of the most respected names in the history of American horology. He started the Howard Watch Company after leaving Boston Watch Company (1853-1857, later to become Waltham) during a reorganization.
His goal was to produce watches of the highest quality using proprietary, interchangeable machine-made parts. With his financial partner, Charles Rice, Howard moved the tools, machinery and watches "in progress" from the defunct Boston Watch Company to their Roxbury factory in late 1857.
By the summer of 1858, Edward Howard produced the first watch of his own design, a watch that was entirely different from other mechanisms manufactured at the time. The top plate was made in two sections (split plate) and had six pillars instead of the usual four found in a full-plate watch. By 1868, Howard had patented a new steel motor barrel which replaced Reed's barrels in Howard watches. Howard also introduced the first stem-winding watch in 1868 (the manufacture of key-wind movements was discontinued altogether by 1878). Howard was first to use the Reed patented micrometer regulator, and was the first to offer watches adjusted to six positions.
Edward Howard retired in 1882, but his company continued to sell watch movements in grades and styles established by Howard until 1903. The company existed for many years after this, manufacturing precision instruments in addition to simple watch mechanisms.
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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