Pennsylvania watch company Vortic donates $25,000 to Veterans Watchmaker Initiative

Vortic Watch Company co-founder, R.T. Custer, presents a $25,000 donation to the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative on Monday, August 24, 2020. During the presentation, VWI founder, Sam Cannan, surprised Custer by announcing the new service building will be named in honor of Vortic.

Vortic Watch Company, founded at Penn State University in 2013, has presented the not-for-profit Veterans Watchmaker Initiative (VWI) with a check for $25,000.

The VWI describes itself as the only technical school in the US dedicated to disabled veterans and the industry need for professional watchmakers.

Vortic specializes in salvaging antique American pocketwatches with the purpose of transforming them into wristwatches in its Colorado workshop.

The donated money comes from proceeds of Vortic’s 2019 Military Edition watch sales, the company’s first limited edition, built from antique pocket watches used by aviators to aid in navigation during World War II.

“We are beyond grateful to Vortic for their generous contributions and continued support,” says Sam Cannan, founder of Veterans Watchmaker Initiative. “With this donation, we will be able to continue to provide veterans with the training necessary to repair timepieces and restore their own dignity of purpose.”

VWI revealed the plans for a new service center dedicated in honor of Vortic’s co-founder, RT Custer, and unveiled a plaque officially naming the structure the RT Custer Vortic Building. The building is predicted to be complete this fall.

Vortic will once again donate $500 from the sales of every 2020 Military Edition watch to VWI next year.



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