The Springfield 281 (47mm)
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The Springfield 281 (47mm)

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The Springfield 281 (47mm)
The Springfield 281 (47mm)
The Springfield 281 (47mm)
The Springfield 281 (47mm)
The Springfield 281 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Springfield 281 is the 281st 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 281 Unique: The Springfield 281 features another Illinois Autocrat movement (can you tell we love those?!) and a dial with just the right amount of patina. Manufactured in 1916, this is all original inside. We used a machined titanium case and natural distressed leather strap to showcase this 104 year old piece of history. Fun fact, in 1916 the first, true 40-hour work week occurred in factories, starting that occupational tradition that’s lasted, well, 104 years!

1916

3073457

https://player.vimeo.com/video/444345914

Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Illinois Watch Company. We call this model "The Springfield" because the company was located in Springfield, Illinois.

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: 2020
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: See Description
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

The Springfield 281 is the 281st 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 281 Unique: The Springfield 281 features another Illinois Autocrat movement (can you tell we love those?!) and a dial with just the right amount of patina. Manufactured in 1916, this is all original inside. We used a machined titanium case and natural distressed leather strap to showcase this 104 year old piece of history. Fun fact, in 1916 the first, true 40-hour work week occurred in factories, starting that occupational tradition that’s lasted, well, 104 years!

1916

3073457

https://player.vimeo.com/video/444345914

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The Strap

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