Vortic Watch Company'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.
Watch - "The Chicago” 237 is the 237th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Chicago" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch features a water-resistant, titanium 3D printed case with a raw titanium finish and a knurled raw 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.
The raw case finish is the natural color of raw titanium.
Movement Info - This "382" grade movement was originally produced by the Elgin Watch Company in 1910. This manually wound movement is beautifully decorated, and has a fully jeweled gear train (17 jewels).