Introducing: Vortic Watch Company
We’re finally letting the secret out of the bag! Walters & Hogsett is proud to announce we’re carrying Vortic watches, the newest development in antique timepieces.
“America wasn’t assembled it was built.” That is the motto of Vortic Watch Company, a new antique pocket watch movement that uses 3D printing to transform hundred-year-old pocket watches into modern wristwatches that are 100% U.S. made.
The three founders of Vortic Watch Company, JT, Frank, and Tyler, had the idea while on a golf course at Penn State where they attended university. Tyler was a watch fanatic who collected the movements out of old pocket watch cases that people were selling for their gold value. He had hopes to do something with them eventually, and then it hit him…if JT could use his industrial engineering degree to design and 3D print new cases for these beautiful old pocket watch movements, they might just have a start at a new business!
About a year ago, they decided to launch their idea on Kickstarter. When the guys instantly sold $10,000 worth of watches in the first 12 hours, they knew they had something going for them. The company managed raise $41,000 in 30 days, which was enough to kick start the business. Heck yeah!
Okay, so let’s talk about the watches themselves. Everything between the glass is about 100 years old. The movement, dial, and hands are restored before Vortic builds the case around it, and with each piece featuring an exhibition case back, you can easily show off the stunning original mechanism to all your friends. In a nutshell, every watch is an incredibly unique piece of history that you can wear on your wrist.
You may notice Vortic has named their timepieces after great American cities. Why? Well, “The Boston,” for instance, covers all pieces with original components from the Waltham Watch Company, which was based in Waltham, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. “The Chicago,” similarly is any timepiece from the Elgin National Watch Company, originally made in Elgin, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. “The Lancaster,” groups all movements originating from the Hamilton Watch Company, based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I think you get the gist…
Despite having different roots, all Vortic watches are hand-built, one-at-a-time, in Fort Collins, Colorado – the home of America’s atomic clock – where the company has established its headquarters.
We are captivated not only by the sheer quality of these watches but by the company’s increasing momentum. Equipped with a highly innovative business plan, Vortic Watch Company will to be more than just a trend. You’re going to want to keep an eye on what these guys are up to!