No, this is not an April Fool’s prank. This is an honest to goodness “new” pocket watch, made right here in the United States. Vortic co-founder R.T. Custer tells us that to his knowledge, this is the only pocket watch made in this country since Hamilton ceased production on the 992B in the middle of the last century. So, it’s a real product that you can purchase today, and also a bit of trivia. It’s also just an incredibly cool idea.
The pocket watch, dubbed the Chicago Railroad 039, is made from a salvaged Elgin railroad grade pocket watch. As they always do, Vortic took the original dial, movement, and hands and built a case around them, but for this piece they used a block of solid bronze and have left out those pesky lugs (don’t worry, you won’t need them – a vintage pocket watch chain is included with the Chicago Railroad 039).