Vortic Watch Company has released its fourth Military Edition, a set of 50 wristwatches built from very special antique American pocket watches.
The pocket watches inside these mechanical timekeepers were originally manufactured for the U.S. Army Air Corps and flown on the B-17s and similar bomber aircraft in World War II. Known as the Master Navigators Watch, these Hamilton 4992B pocket watches were manufactured between 1938 and 1950.
The timepieces from the Vortic Military Edition 2022 feature 49mm diameter case in titanium. Protecting the dial side is a domed German glass handcrafted by White’s Crystals in San Francisco. The case-back is fitted with a Corning Gorilla Glass. Both crystals have been known for excellent scratch-resistance and transparency.
The Military Edition (fourth edition) watch by Vortic houses an antique, 22 –jewel movement manufactured by Hamilton Watch Company. This mechanical hand-wound caliber provides a 36-hour power reserve and drives the hour, minute, and hacking sweeping seconds.
The dial color is black and has a 24-H inner scale with numeral hour markers and a 60 minute outer scale. Inspired by the historical military watch, each dial is marked with GCT (Greenwich Civil Time).
In addition to the 50 piece limited edition model, Vortic has also released a Special Edition of the Military Edition 2022 Series. Proposed in an exclusive series of just 15 pieces, the special variant features a machined bronze case and white dial. It is powered by an antique 21 jewel Elgin B.W. Raymond pocket watch movement with manual-winding.
Each of these timepieces comes with two hand-made straps by Greg Stevens Design in Salt Lake City. The first is an army green canvas strap hand-cut from vintage military canvas duffle bags. The second strap is made from brown Bison hide.
The retail price of the Vortic Military Edition watch is $7,995. The special edition in bronze costs $11,995.
Vortic Watch Company will donate $500 from each watch to the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative which trains disabled military vets on how to become professional watchmakers.