A Vortic watch is as much a time capsule, a living record of the history of American watchmaking as it is a wearable timepiece. Each watch is constructed from a revitalized American-made pocket watch from the early 1900’s, keeping the movement, dial and hands, placed within a 3D-printed, titanium shell. The result is a rustic mix of old and new, a clash of American technologies spanning nearly 100 years.
The Chicago Windup Edition is a series of 10 watches with dials and movements from famed Illinois manufacturer Elgin. While no two watches are identical due to the unique lives the original pocket watches led, the overall dial and movement style of the 10 are close to the same. The dial features large raised golden numerals in a traditional typeface, while the case has been made of bronzed, 3D-printed titanium.
The watch is powered by an exception Elgin 12-size pocket watch movement made between 1910 - 1930. It features 17-jewels and is manually wound via the large crown at 12. The movement is fully visible through the large Gorilla Glass case back.
Please note that each watch is unique and will not perfectly match what is show in the pictures on this page.
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- Case: Bronzed 3D Printed Titanium
- Dial: Antique Elgin
- Movement: Antique Elgin Pocket Watch
- Winding: Manual Wind
- Complications: Small Seconds
- Lens: Gorilla Glass
- Strap: US Made Leather Strap
- Water Res.: 10M
- Diameter: 46mm
- Length: 55mm
- Thickness: 12mm
- Lug Width: 22mm
Since their establishment in December 2014, Vortic Watch has built a name for itself resurrecting the former glory of American watchmaking. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Vortic’s unique approach starts with a piece of history itself- each Vortic timepiece starts with an antique pocket watch movement and dial from a heritage American brand such as Ball, Waltham, Elgin and the Illinois Watch Company. This antique origin lends every Vortic watch a completely unique appearance, with each individual piece offering a different blend of style and patina. Vortic surrounds these historic internals with brand new wristwatch cases. While converting pocket watches for wrist wear is nothing new (in fact, the first wristwatches were exactly this), Vortic’s cutting edge approach certainly is. Each of these custom cases is 3D printed metal, blending the newest manufacturing practices with real pieces of American manufacturing history.