The Springfield Railroad 015 (51MM)

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The Springfield Railroad 015 (51MM)
The Springfield Railroad 015 (51MM)
The Springfield Railroad 015 (51MM)
The Springfield Railroad 015 (51MM)
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Watch Description

The American mechanism inside this watch is not a replica or an "inspired" piece. It was genuinely carried by an individual, 100 years ago, that depended on it. Each time you wear this watch, you will be transported through time, imagining who this individual was and the work they did to help build our country. Simply put, American Artisan Series watches make you feel something when you put them on. At Vortic, we tell customers that owning a watch isn't nearly as important as owning a story. And, this is an opportunity to be a part of a story that is bigger than yourself. You won't be the first to own this watch, and you certainly won’t be the last, so make your chapter count.

The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements. Individuals commonly scrap pocket watch cases for their precious metal, leaving the original mechanism orphaned. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch made by Illinois Watch Company. We call this model "The Springfield" because the company was located in Springfield, Illinois.

Railroad grade pocket watches, also known as Standard watches, were explicitly made for railroad employees. As such, they were the highest quality and most sought after watches of the time. American railroads decided upon a rigorous set of regulations to qualify timepieces as “railroad grade” due to their role in maintaining schedules for the American rail system. Click HERE to learn more about railroad watches.

A defining feature of all railroad grade watches is their setting mechanism. Instead of simply pulling out the crown to put the watch in "setting mode," the original railroad pocket watches required you to remove the front of the watch and actuate a lever to accomplish the same thing. This way, the time on these essential watches was never accidentally changed. Vortic's Railroad Edition of the American Artisan Series features a removable bezel that dramatically improves upon the original design. The Railroad Edition case protects the dial from access while the bezel is removed and is fully water resistant when the bezel is appropriately tightened. Click HERE to learn more about how Vortic's Railroad Edition works.

NOTE - this watch is not water resistant when the bezel is not installed or is installed incorrectly.

Case Style: This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. Titanium has a darker look than steel, and due to its low thermal conductivity, feels warm to the touch. These characteristics create an enduring, highly wearable, distinctive piece.

Movement: The manually wound, antique, pocket watch movement inside this watch has been meticulously restored to as close to original condition as possible. Vortic has an exclusive group of highly experienced watchmakers that specialize in vintage watches. Before its use in a wristwatch, each movement is completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled, and calibrated. Each finished Vortic watch is tested for at least a week before completion.

This watch's movement is serial number from the Illinois Watch Company. Originally called the Springfield Watch Company, Illinois came to Springfield, Illinois in 1869 while the "modern" watch industry was fairly new but highly promising. City officials felt that the addition of industry to the city of Springfield would be excellent for the city's growth. However, after a series of failures and re-brandings, the company had a slow start until 1903 when they decided to manufacture high-quality watches only. Eventually making some of the most beautiful watches of their time, the company sold to Hamilton in 1927. Hamilton continued producing watches under the Illinois name for some time, but the original Springfield factory no longer stands.

The Springfield Railroad 015 is the 15th piece in Vortic’s Railroad Edition to be built using an antique Illinois Watch Company, Railroad Grade pocket watch movement originally manufactured in Springfield, Illinois.

It features the CNC machined titanium Railroad Edition case that allows for access to the lever set mechanism. With matching steel crown and classic black Horween Shell Cordovan strap, this watch is a stunning example of the Railroad Edition. Inside is an Illinois Bunn Special 60 Hour originally manufactured in Springfield, Illinois in 1929. The Bunn Special is one of the most famous Railroad pocket watch movements.

The Railroad Edition casing system is 51mm in diameter and is water resistant when the bezel is fully and properly attached.

Note: This watch is LEVER set, meaning the bezel must be removed to set the time. This was the original safety mechanism for the Railroads, and is an amazing feature, but we recommend learning more about the Railroad Edition prior to purchase to ensure understanding of the unique aspects of this watch.

Learn more about the Railroad Edition here: https://vorticwatches.com/pages/railroad-edition-information

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2019
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 51mm
    • Height: 14.5mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 60mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Hands: Original
  • Strap: Horween Shell Cordovan Leather

Movement

  • Original Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Original Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind, Lever-Set
  • Jewels: 21j
  • Size: Railroad
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
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—Skyler from Colorado
I received my Vortic Elgin RR watch the other day, and it's fantastic. The case and movement are obviously very high quality. The movement, in fact, never looked better.
—Davis
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—Jeremy from New York

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