Vortic Watch Company Presents Three New Railroad Editions

Vortic Watch Company has launched three Boston Railroad Edition models. Proudly honouring the heritage of American railroad watches, these new collector’s timepieces can be purchased from the company’s online store.

The Boston Railroad 004

The Boston Railroad 004 is made with a 23 jewel Waltham Watch Company pocket watch inside of a machined titanium case, with a titanium crown, a natural leather strap and gold-plated gears.

The Boston Railroad 004 watch by Vortic Watch Company

Equipped with a restored antique pocket watch movement made in 1918, this Railroad watch displays hour, minutes and small seconds functions. More details about the Boston Railroad 004 watch are available on Vortic Watch Company website.

 The Boston Railroad 005

The Boston Railroad 005 is built from an antique 21-jewel pocket watch originally manufactured by the American Waltham Watch Company in 1915. This particular wristwatch features a machined titanium case, titanium crown, and a black leather strap.

 The Boston Railroad 005 watch by Vortic Watch Company

The inscription F.W. & D. on the dial is in reference to the Fort Worth / Denver railroad line that was very popular at this time. It has an Up/Down Indicator at 12 o’clock and small seconds dial at 6 o’clock. Find more information on the Boston Railroad 005 watch, please visit Vortic Watch online store.

The Boston Railroad 006

The Railroad Grade Boston 006 has a beautiful dial that has aged over time to present this wonderful display of patina in the center of the dial. The timepiece features a machined titanium case for a modern look and feel, as well as a titanium crown for added durability and style.

 The Boston Railroad 005 watch by Vortic Watch Company

In addition to the hour, minute and small seconds hands, the Boston Railroad 006 features an Up/Down Indicator at 12 o’clock.

This Boston Railroad watch comes with a luxurious merlot leather strap for a truly timeless look. This model is available for purchase on the official Vortic watches website.

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Vortic Watch Company Springfield 555

The Springfield 555 by Vortic Watch Company features a dial with large and bold black numerals and a matching subdial that look especially striking against its cream-colored background.

It boasts blued steel heavy moon watch hands. The Bronzed Titanium case comes with a similarly-colored copper crown. The CNC milled case measures 46mm diameter, 12mm thickness and 55mm lug to lug. The lug/strap width is 22mm.

The front crystal is Gorilla Glass and the case-back is made of stainless steel. The Springfield 555 watch is water resistant up to 10 meters.

Vortic Watch Company Springfield 555

This unique mechanical watch from the Vortic American Artisan Series was initially released by the Illinois Watch Company.

Through the transparent case-back, you can admire a 405-grade open-face movement with a Going barrel and a center bridge plate featuring a breathtaking engraving that reads “The Autocrat.” Also visible is the watch’s 17 luxurious jewels that energize the movement’s bronze-plated gears.

The antique pocket watch movement was originally produced in 1918. Painstakingly restored by Vortic, this hand-wound calibre provides a power reserve of approximately 36 hours.

The hand-crafted Black leather watch strap complements the gorgeous color palette of the Springfield 555 watch.

Please visit Vortic Watch Company online store for more details.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition for 2022

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.

Vortic Military Edition 2022
Vortic Military Edition 2022

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).

Vortic Military 2022 Special Edition
Vortic Military 2022 Special Edition

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.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition for 2022

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.

 

Vortic Watch Company Lancaster 173

The Lancaster 173 was originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1927.

The Vortic Lancaster 173 watch boasts an impressive dial with stylish black numerals that look stunning against its cream-colored background. It also displays a subsidiary seconds dial and blued steel solid diamond kite watch hands.

The Bronzed Titanium case measures 46mm diameter and 12mm thick. It comes with a transparent back so that the owner can admire the watch’s historic 912-grade open-face movement with a Reed regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting.

Vortic Watch Company Lancaster 173

Made by Hamilton Watch Company, the movement dates back to 1927. The robust and sumptuous-looking gold-plated gears of this mechanical hand-wound calibre are powered by 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. It has a power reserve of 36 hours.

Both the front and case-back crystals are made of Gorilla Glass. Lancaster 173 features a copper crown at 12 o’clock. This unique timepiece comes with an American-made Natural leather watch strap, complementing the watch’s color palette.

The retail price of Lancaster 173 is $2,995.

Please visit the Vortic Watch Company website for more details.

Vortic Watch Company Chicago 511

The Chicago 511 by Vortic Watch Company houses an antique pocket movement dating back to 1912.

The Elgin National Watch Company originally produced the Chicago 511’s pocket watch, and it features an immaculate cream-colored, single-sunk dial, bold, black hour numerals, and dark-red minute numerals.

It also has blued steel spade & whip watch hands and a subdial that matches the rest watch’s face. We paired this sophisticated pocket watch with the robust Sandblasted Titanium case and topped it off with a nickel-plated crown.

Vortic Watch Company Chicago 511

Visible through the transparent case-back is the 345-grade open-face movement with a Going barrel, Quick train, Moseley regulator, and Breguet hairspring. This historic piece also boasts 17 jewels. This manual-wound movement has a power reserve of 36 hours.

The Chicago 511 features a 46mm diameter case made of sandblasted titanium. The company has used gorilla glass for the front and case-back crystals.

This one-of-a-kind watch comes with a high-quality Stone leather watch strap. The strap’s gray tone perfectly complements the watch’s understated yet stunning color scheme.

The retail price of the Vortic Chicago 511 watch is US$2,495.00.

For more details, please visit Vortic Watch Company website.

The Chicago 510 by Vortic Watch Company

This elegant wristwatch created by Vortic Watch Company is driven by an antique movement originally manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Company over 115 years ago.

The Elgin National Watch Company first released the Chicago 510’s pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1906.

The original pocket watch is a Lord Elgin variation. The Chicago 510 boasts a beautiful cream-colored watch face with stylish and bold black numerals. This antique, single-sunk dial also boasts splendid blued steel solid diamond kite watch hands. The Bronzed Titanium case is equipped it with an eye-catching nickel-plated crown, complementing the dial’s color palette.

The Chicago 510 by Vortic Watch Company

The Chicago 510 watch has a 46mm diameter case with Gorilla glass crystals. The transparent case-back allows the enthusiasts to view its original 194-grade open-face movement with a jeweled safety barrel, quick train, Breguet hairspring, and Moseley regulator.

Its 23 ruby jewels with raised gold settings energize bronze-plated gears. This hand-wound mechanical timepiece comes with a comfortable, hand-crafted olive leather watch strap, perfectly complementing the machined titanium case.

The retail price of this one-of-a-kind watch is US$4,995.

For more details, please visit Vortic Watch Company website.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition 2021

In 2019, Vortic Watch Company announced a partnership with non-profit, Veteran Watchmakers Initiative with the launch of the Military Edition Watches. The focus of the partnership was to bring awareness to the all volunteer technical school that provides jobs to the disabled war veterans through the art of watchmaking.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition 2021

The Veteran Watchmaker Initiative (VWI) is the only technical school in the United States dedicated to disabled veterans. The small school, started in 2009, teaches war veterans the highly skilled art of watchmaking. The school is modeled after the Bulova Watch Co. program, which trained disabled veterans for decades after World War II but was shut down in the 1980s when electronic watches became popular. However, the increasing demand for vintage wrist watches and resurgence of American-made products has led to a skills gap in the trade of watchmaking.

Vortic’s exclusive Military Edition Watches are created from pocket watches commissioned by the U.S Army Air Corp (now known as the Air Force) during World War II and were used by aviators to aid in navigation.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition 2021

The Military Edition is made from original pocket watch movements that are restored by watchmakers from the VWI and other partners. The straps are made with vintage military canvas bags, classic black leather, or bomber jacket material.

After the success of Military Editions released in 2019 and 2020, Vortic Watch Company has announced the launch of the latest addition to this famed collection.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition 2021

The AN5740-1 was made to order by the United States Government at the beginning of World War II for the use of Army Air Corps. Built according to the strict military aviation specifications, this timepiece is an important creation in the American Watchmaking history.

Three of the Great American Watch Companies – Elgin from Illinois, Waltham from Massachusetts, and Hamilton from Pennsylvania – built mechanisms according to the specifications demanded by Army Air Corps. The dials of these pocket watches were all standardized to be black with simple, white 24-hour markings. Each had a set of white hands, and a long sweeping second hand with a hacking feature that allowed the timepieces to be used not just as pocket watches but as stopwatches.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition 2021

Named the Master Navigational Watch, these pocket watches were used by the Navigator on Bomber aircraft like the B-17, B-24, and B-29. Each dial was marked with “GCT,” known at the time as Greenwich Civil Time.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition 2021

Vortic Watch Company has restored the antique mechanical movements of these watches. Mostly produced between 1938 and 1950, these hand-wound calibers have been reinvigorated according to the modem timekeeping standards.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition 2021

The Military Edition 2021 includes 50 watches featuring an original antique Hamilton 4992B movement. Each timepiece from this new series will be uniquely serial numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition 2021

Made of 316L grade stainless steel, the case measures 49mm diameter. Despite the massive dimensions, the sloped design of the lugs and the positioning of the crown at 12 o’ clock ensure comfortable fitting. Driven by an antique mechanical movement, this wristwatch displays hour, minute, and hacking sweeping seconds. Equipped with 22 jewels, the hand-wound calibre provides a power reserve of approximately 38 hours.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition 2021

The dial side of the watch is fitted with a special domed glass handcrafted by White’s Crystals in San Francisco. For the transparent case-back, the brand has opted for Corning Gorilla Glass, which offers unobstructed view of the mechanical movement.

Vortic Watch Company Military Edition 2021

Every Military Edition 2021 watch comes with two straps, custom-made by Greg Stevens Design in Salt Lake City. The first is hand-cut from vintage military canvas duffle bags. The second strap is made of leather and known as “Bomber Jacket” due to its unique texture inspired by a well-worn vintage airmen coat.

The retail price of the Military Edition 2021 watch is US$ 6,995.00. From the sale of each Military Edition watch, $500 will directly benefit the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative’s mission to educate and certify the next generation of American watchmakers.

For more details, please visit Vortic Watch Company website.

Vortic Watch Company Presents a Unique Wristwatch Made From a Vintage Harley Davidson Pocket Watch

Colorado- based Vortic Watch Company, recently completed the manufacture of a unique wristwatch using an original, one-of-a-kind 1920 Harley- Davidson pocket watch. Partnering with the National Watch and Clock Museum in Pennsylvania, this one of a kind Vortic timekeeper will be auctioned with the proceeds benefitting the ongoing mission of the museum.

Vortic Watch Company Presents a Unique Wristwatch Made From a Vintage Harley Davidson Pocket Watch

The one of a kind watch has been constructed using the original movement (mechanism), dial (face), and hands from the original antique pocket watch. The dial features the Harley-Davidson Logo along with the brand of the original pocket watch manufacturer, South Bend. Everything inside the watch was manufactured in 1920 in South Bend, Indiana. South Bend was one of the great American watch companies, and manufactured thousands of pocket watches, but only a few were customized like this one.

Vortic Watch Company Presents a Unique Wristwatch Made From a Vintage Harley Davidson Pocket Watch

The watch’s antique movement was recovered from a long-discarded pocket watch, and had in fact been “orphaned” from its original case. Vortic specializes in the rehabilitation of such movements, turning them into one-of-a-kind wristwatches that can be worn and enjoyed.

Vortic Watch Company Presents a Unique Wristwatch Made From a Vintage Harley Davidson Pocket Watch

Vortic procured the original movement, dial and hands at an auction, along with many other orphaned movements from the same time period. They then meticulously restored it using only original parts, and manufactured a modern wristwatch case for it, using their trademark 3D-printed titanium engineering system.

Vortic Watch Company Presents a Unique Wristwatch Made From a Vintage Harley Davidson Pocket Watch

Historians and collectors have speculated that the original pocket watch might have been made for a Harley-Davidson dealership as a special piece for a valued customer. Another theory is that it may have been altered by the original owner who was likely a Harley-Davidson fanatic.

Regardless of the original provenance, it is an iconic piece of American history, and owing to this, Vortic has decided to auction the piece to benefit one of their favorite causes, The National Watch and Clock Museum.

Vortic Watch Company Presents a Unique Wristwatch Made From a Vintage Harley Davidson Pocket Watch

The online charity auction for the watch will begin on November 8th on the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ eBay page. Harley-Davidson owners can also learn more by reading the feature in HOG Magazine, the Harley-Davidson Owners Group official and exclusive publication.

The watch will be on display in New York City at the Windup Watch Fair by Worn and Wound November 2nd through 4th.

Introducing Vortic Watch Company

Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Vortic Watch Company is a bespoke luxury watch brand that aims to revive rich history of horological manufacturing in the United States by restoring vintage, American-made pocket watch movements and building custom wristwatches by incorporating original American components and modern technology.

Presently, Vortic Watch Company offers three different series of watch collections: American Artisan, Railroad and Journeyman.

Vortic Watch Company

Timepieces by Vortic Watch Company are completely designed and made in United States by partnering with home grown companies and utilising original, American made materials and components sourced from various parts of the country:-

  • Movements & dials: Timepieces from American Artisan Series and Rail road Edition house professionally restored vintage era pocket watch movements and dials originally manufactured by legendary watch companies of United States. Journeyman timepieces will be equipped with a contemporary mechanical watch movement manufactured in USA and grand feu enamel dials, also crafted in United States.
  • Watch case: Vortic Watch Company has chosen 3D printing technology to create the cases. The water-resistant cases are 3d printed from titanium by New Jersey based Imperial Machine and Tool, company specializes in advanced machining practices for the aerospace and military industries. M.A.D. Machining in Loveland, USA carries out the post-processing of the 3D printed watch cases.
  • Crystals: For front and back crystals, Vortic Watch Company uses superior quality, shatter proof and scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass Manufactured in California, USA.
  • Straps: The leather straps for the timepieces are hand-crafted from American made materials by Hadley Roma’s Stylecraft division in Florida. Each buckle is hand-forged from pure brass or nickel by Smith Shop in Detroit.
  • Other hard-wares: The crowns, screws, and other internal parts are masterfully prepared by Rick at Swiss-O-Matic in Colorado.

Vortic Watch Company American Artisans Series

The American Artisans Series (now available in Version V.02) is the flagship product from the brand. To create each American Artisans Series timepiece, the brand professionally restores the vintage pocket watch movements, dial and hands from the historical American watch companies like Elgin, Waltham, Illinois, Ball etc and then assembled into a 3D printed case.

Vortic Watch Company American Artisans Series

The Vortic Watch Company has incorporated a watch builder tool on its website so that the customers can create his choice of timepiece online by selecting different type and styles of movement, dial, hands, case finishes, crowns and straps. The brand also offers pre-fabricated watches from the American Artisans Series.

Available in 36mm, 46mm or 50mm size, the 3D printed titanium case features a water resistant design and exhibition caseback.

Vortic Watch Company Railroad Edition

The Railroad Edition wristwatches are powered by restored, lever-set, railroad Grade pocket watch movements that were originally manufactured by one of the various great American watch companies. Due to the large size of railroad grade pocket watch movements, the Railroad Edition is available in a 50mm case size only.

With the Railroad Edition Watch Builder tool, the customer can finalise the movement and other components to draw his own timepiece. The Railroad Edition watch features a removable, cam-lock, stainless steel bezel, a 3D printed titanium body, and a stainless steel exhibition back that work together to create a water resistant design.

Vortic’s 3-piece Railroad Edition case has a very special design. The body and lugs are 3D printed from titanium while the coin-edge bezel and exhibition back are machined from solid, 316L stainless steel. The bezel was created to be removable, by hand, in order to access the lever set action of the movement as well as create a water tight seal when secured to the body of the case. Unlike its pocket watch predecessors, Vortic’s bezel utilizes a proprietary cam-lock system to make setting the time simple and easy.

Vortic Watch Company Journeyman Series

The Journeyman Series by Vortic Watch Company is an entirely new, American Made watch that draws inspiration from the United States’ original great watch manufacturers. The “First Edition” of the Journeyman Series will be a small batch, limited run of 100 pieces.

Timepieces from the Journeyman Series will be powered by Pinion Precision Technology’s new manual winding calibre 1003 manufactured under the leadership of master watchmaker Cameron Weiss.

Vortic Watch Company Journeyman Series

Every component of the movement is made in the United States apart from the jewels and hairspring that are made in Switzerland. Inspired by American RailRoad watches from the early 20th century, these timepieces will have grand feu enamel dials created using traditional techniques.

Measuring 43mm diameter, the 3D printed Titanium case of Journeyman Series wristwatch will have milled stainless steel screws on back and exhibition caseback.

Official website: https://vorticwatches.com/

Vortic Watch Company – Red Rocks Amphitheatre “Hall of Fame Edition” Watch

Colorado based Vortic Watch Company in association with Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado has created a special collection of watches dedicated to Red Rocks Hall of Fame Artists . This first Red Rocks amphitheatre “Hall of Fame Edition” watch was presented to Jackson Browne, one of a handful of artists to be inducted into the Red Rocks Hall of Fame this year, and each inductee will be honored with their own custom built watch to commemorate the award.

Each piece in the collection is completely one-of-a-kind, 100% made in the United states, and powered by an antique, U.S. made pocket watch movement (just like Vortic’s American Artisan Series). All of the watches are handcrafted just an hour north of the amphitheater in Fort Collins, CO at Vortic’s workshop.

The Hall of Fame Edition features an artisanal engraving of the Red Rocks logo on the case and an exclusive set of serial numbers.

The Red Rocks – Vortic Watch Co partnership is also developing a Red Rocks “Limited Edition” watch to be available to the public. Each Limited Edition piece will be one-of-a-kind and share a common aesthetic with the Hall of Fame Edition watches. These pieces will be sold at the Red Rocks amphitheater and at vortic watches webstore.

Red Rocks Amphitheater is a rock structure near Morrison, Colorado, 10 miles west of Denver, where concerts are given in the open-air amphitheater. Red Rocks Amphitheater is a naturally formed, world famous outdoor venue just fifteen miles west of Denver, and it is the most attended outdoor amphitheater of its kind in the world. There is a large, tilted, disc-shaped rock behind the stage, a huge vertical rock angled outwards from stage right, several large outcrops angled outwards from stage left and a seating area for up to 9,525 people in between. The amphitheater is owned and operated by the City and County of Denver, Colorado and is located in Red Rocks Park, part of the Denver Mountain Parks system.