Vortic Watch: The Boston 469

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: A unique piece of timekeeping history, this watch was originally produced by the American Waltham Watch Company in 1924 — and is named the Boston 469. This pocket watch features a stunning aged dial with uniquely-stylized brown numerals that look especially handsome against its orange-yellow background. The front of the watch also displays a shimmering silver-colored subdial and blued steel heavy moon watch hands. Vortic has encased this fine, historic watch within their robust Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a nickel-plated crown, further emphasizing its eye-catching dial. Their Machined Titanium case features a transparent back, allowing you to see the piece’s original Royal-grade open-face movement with a patent regulator, Breguet hairspring, and a 3/4 bridge plate. The back of the watch also boasts a “Royal” engraving as well as gold-plated gears and 17 stunning jewels. Finally, they have further complemented the watch’s remarkable dial with a comfortable, hand-crafted Rye leather watch strap, making this one-of-a-kind piece even more special.

Case: This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. Titanium has a darker look than steel, and due to its low thermal conductivity, feels warm to the touch. These characteristics create an enduring, highly wearable, distinctive piece.

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 24323433 from the Waltham Watch Company. 

Watchmaker History: Also known as American Watch Company and American Waltham Watch Company, Waltham was one of the leaders in attempting an entirely new concept, machines making machines. Prior to this, a watchmaker would hand-make each part of a movement one-at-a-time. Operating from 1851-1957, Waltham called its product the "Scientific Watch." Waltham's innovative, precise machining techniques made parts interchangeable, and their early version of the assembly line made high-quality watches efficient to produce. Legend has it that Henry Ford drew inspiration for his assembly line production from a visit to Waltham's factory. Located on the bank of the Charles River in "Watch City" (Waltham), Massachusetts, the factory has since been converted to apartment lofts.

Watch Specs:

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Warranty: Vortic’s 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement Specs:

  • Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  24323433
  • Manufacture Year:  1924
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

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