The Springfield 452 (46mm)

The Springfield 452 (46mm)

The Springfield 452 (46mm)
The Springfield 452 (46mm)
The Springfield 452 (46mm)
The Springfield 452 (46mm)
The Springfield 452 (46mm)
The Springfield 452 (46mm)
The Springfield 452 (46mm)
The Springfield 452 (46mm)
The Springfield 452 (46mm)
The Springfield 452 (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 452 unique: For this special occasion holiday release, we set aside this magnificent watch from the Illinois Watch Company, our Springfield 452. We were immediately drawn to this stunning dial that jumps out and grabs your attention at first glance. The bold gothic-style numerals contrast well from the crisp white face, accented with red minute indicators all around the outside. Dark open-kite hands add to the stunning features of the dial and stand out giving this watch a truly breathtaking visual appeal. Set in our machined titanium case, with a copper crown and oxblood cordovan strap. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement inside, we see more of the gothic-styling incorporated into the font and are in love with the 21 Ruby jewels that are proudly displayed. If you look closely, you will notice the incredibly intricate patterns that have been carefully machined into the different build plates throughout. Gold-plated gears beneath add to the precious metal look and show the top-of-the-line quality from this stunning timepiece. In 1827, acclaimed writer Sarah Josepha Hale started a campaign to petition the president to recognize Thanksgiving as a national holiday. She continued her fight for 36 years until finally, President Abraham Lincoln enacted the holiday at the height of the Civil War, in hopes to bring ease to the suffering of the war and bring families together. Hale later became known as the “Mother Of Thanksgiving” for her efforts in the cause. We are especially grateful that we are able to continue to find such amazing watches like this one, and give them new life for the years to come.

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 1929024 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: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  1929024
  • Manufacture Year:  1906
  • 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
What makes the Springfield 452 unique: For this special occasion holiday release, we set aside this magnificent watch from the Illinois Watch Company, our Springfield 452. We were immediately drawn to this stunning dial that jumps out and grabs your attention at first glance. The bold gothic-style numerals contrast well from the crisp white face, accented with red minute indicators all around the outside. Dark open-kite hands add to the stunning features of the dial and stand out giving this watch a truly breathtaking visual appeal. Set in our machined titanium case, with a copper crown and oxblood cordovan strap. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement inside, we see more of the gothic-styling incorporated into the font and are in love with the 21 Ruby jewels that are proudly displayed. If you look closely, you will notice the incredibly intricate patterns that have been carefully machined into the different build plates throughout. Gold-plated gears beneath add to the precious metal look and show the top-of-the-line quality from this stunning timepiece. In 1827, acclaimed writer Sarah Josepha Hale started a campaign to petition the president to recognize Thanksgiving as a national holiday. She continued her fight for 36 years until finally, President Abraham Lincoln enacted the holiday at the height of the Civil War, in hopes to bring ease to the suffering of the war and bring families together. Hale later became known as the “Mother Of Thanksgiving” for her efforts in the cause. We are especially grateful that we are able to continue to find such amazing watches like this one, and give them new life for the years to come.

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