The Springfield 427 (46mm)

The Springfield 427 (46mm)

The Springfield 427 (46mm)
The Springfield 427 (46mm)
The Springfield 427 (46mm)
The Springfield 427 (46mm)
The Springfield 427 (46mm)
The Springfield 427 (46mm)
The Springfield 427 (46mm)
The Springfield 427 (46mm)
The Springfield 427 (46mm)
The Springfield 427 (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.

The Springfield 427 is the 427th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Springfield" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Springfield 427 Unique: We happily present for today’s Watch of the Day our spectacular Springfield 427. Right away we are drawn in by this stunning gunmetal titanium case and stone strap, a wonderful way to show off this soft white dial and bold open-kite hands. The ornate details on the inside of the dial complement the look of these unique Arabic numerals. A bright nickel crown and stainless steel hardware complete the look and give a modern feel to this amazing antique. The movement of this watch begs to be shown off, with these fantastic Geneva lines that have been carefully machined into the entire build plate, creating a cohesive visual display. Hiding beneath we are treated to rose-gold gears and a brass balance wheel featuring double-roller escapement. This watch features 21 beautiful jewels, screw-set with stainless steel hardware. The simplicity and class of this watch truly makes it stand out from others like it. Originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1927, the same year that Pan American Airlines was founded. Pan Am was known as the standard of luxury and class among international travel for the time, and we hope that this watch will continue to represent a high standard of luxury for years to come.

1927

4879336

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. After machining, we bake the case in a kiln for a specific interval before sandblasting for uniformity. Any imperfections at this stage will scrap the piece, but the result is a beautiful, slightly darker finish that we call gunmetal. 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.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Gunmetal Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21j
  • 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

The Springfield 427 is the 427th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Springfield" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Springfield 427 Unique: We happily present for today’s Watch of the Day our spectacular Springfield 427. Right away we are drawn in by this stunning gunmetal titanium case and stone strap, a wonderful way to show off this soft white dial and bold open-kite hands. The ornate details on the inside of the dial complement the look of these unique Arabic numerals. A bright nickel crown and stainless steel hardware complete the look and give a modern feel to this amazing antique. The movement of this watch begs to be shown off, with these fantastic Geneva lines that have been carefully machined into the entire build plate, creating a cohesive visual display. Hiding beneath we are treated to rose-gold gears and a brass balance wheel featuring double-roller escapement. This watch features 21 beautiful jewels, screw-set with stainless steel hardware. The simplicity and class of this watch truly makes it stand out from others like it. Originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1927, the same year that Pan American Airlines was founded. Pan Am was known as the standard of luxury and class among international travel for the time, and we hope that this watch will continue to represent a high standard of luxury for years to come.

1927

4879336

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