The Springfield 444 (46mm)

The Springfield 444 (46mm)

The Springfield 444 (46mm)
The Springfield 444 (46mm)
The Springfield 444 (46mm)
The Springfield 444 (46mm)
The Springfield 444 (46mm)
The Springfield 444 (46mm)
The Springfield 444 (46mm)
The Springfield 444 (46mm)
The Springfield 444 (46mm)
The Springfield 444 (46mm)

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.

What makes the Springfield 444 unique: Today we happily present to you the Springfield 444, a stunning timepiece from the Illinois Watch Company. The gold-plated design work on the inner portion of this double-sunk dial is a great focal point to draw your attention to the finer details of this watch. We paired our gold-plated crown and hardware to tie in the vintage feel, cased in our machined titanium for extra visual appeal. Our natural strap brings everything together nicely, letting the craftsmanship of the dial shine through. As we turn this watch over, we are immediately taken aback by the intricacies and different layers of this amazing movement. The original craftsman named this watch accordingly, as you can see here with the insignia “Special” that is displayed across the main bridge plate. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel bring precious metal accents, as well as the 17 screw-set jewels that keep everything spinning on track. This watch was originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in 1925 in Springfield, Illinois. The founder of Illinois, Jacob Bunn, passed away in 1897 and was replaced by his youngest son, Jacob Bunn Jr as president of the company. Bunn decided to discontinue building medium-grade watches and focused on improving quality and selling the brand as the most popular and most reliable railroad watch in the country. Beginning in 1914 they focused only on high-quality watches with 17 or more jewels, and the company was growing faster than ever. A typical Illinois Watch took anywhere from eight to twelve months from the time work began on it until it was ready to leave the factory. The watches were guaranteed to be accurate within 30 seconds a week in up to five positions, and at temperatures from nearly freezing to almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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 4546174 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.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  4546174
  • Manufacture Year:  1925
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
It looks like it would have been right at home on the wrist of Indiana Jones! This watch is a showpiece as much as it is as unique timepiece!
—John from Indiana
After receiving the watch in the mail, I was surprised to see the watch somehow looked better in person than it did in the photos. I didn't think that would be possible!
—Mark from Massachusetts
The skeleton back is amazing and the packaging was perfect. To honor the past with details like this is truly impressive.
—Brad from Florida
I own so called "high end" watches such as Rolex, Panerai, and Zenith but they pale in comparison to my two Vortic models which I wear everyday to work.
—Todd from Ohio
What makes the Springfield 444 unique: Today we happily present to you the Springfield 444, a stunning timepiece from the Illinois Watch Company. The gold-plated design work on the inner portion of this double-sunk dial is a great focal point to draw your attention to the finer details of this watch. We paired our gold-plated crown and hardware to tie in the vintage feel, cased in our machined titanium for extra visual appeal. Our natural strap brings everything together nicely, letting the craftsmanship of the dial shine through. As we turn this watch over, we are immediately taken aback by the intricacies and different layers of this amazing movement. The original craftsman named this watch accordingly, as you can see here with the insignia “Special” that is displayed across the main bridge plate. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel bring precious metal accents, as well as the 17 screw-set jewels that keep everything spinning on track. This watch was originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in 1925 in Springfield, Illinois. The founder of Illinois, Jacob Bunn, passed away in 1897 and was replaced by his youngest son, Jacob Bunn Jr as president of the company. Bunn decided to discontinue building medium-grade watches and focused on improving quality and selling the brand as the most popular and most reliable railroad watch in the country. Beginning in 1914 they focused only on high-quality watches with 17 or more jewels, and the company was growing faster than ever. A typical Illinois Watch took anywhere from eight to twelve months from the time work began on it until it was ready to leave the factory. The watches were guaranteed to be accurate within 30 seconds a week in up to five positions, and at temperatures from nearly freezing to almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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