The Springfield 438 (46mm)

The Springfield 438 (46mm)

The Springfield 438 (46mm)
The Springfield 438 (46mm)
The Springfield 438 (46mm)
The Springfield 438 (46mm)
The Springfield 438 (46mm)
The Springfield 438 (46mm)
The Springfield 438 (46mm)
The Springfield 438 (46mm)
The Springfield 438 (46mm)
The Springfield 438 (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 438 unique: Today we are thrilled to release this amazing watch from the Illinois Watch Company, our Springfield 438. We really love how the different earth tones of this softly aged dial work well with this gunmetal titanium case and decided to add in an additional touch of green with our marsh strap. These open kite hands stand out with their blued-steel finish, while the nickel-plated crown and hardware add a touch of flare. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement inside, we are immediately drawn to the clean and crisp Geneva lines that are showcased all across the multiple build plates. More stainless steel hardware holds down the 17 screw-set jewels that are sprinkled throughout to keep everything spinning smoothly. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel add some additional color to keep the eye moving all around this complicated movement. This watch was originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1923. This is also the first year that we saw electric, automatic traffic lights entering the roads in America. Garrett Morgan invented and patented the first traffic light that was designed in a T shape, and had three different lights used to stop all of the traffic at an intersection before signaling one section to continue moving. He later sold the patent to General Electric for $40,000.

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 4181419 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: 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:  4181419
  • Manufacture Year:  1923
  • 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 438 unique: Today we are thrilled to release this amazing watch from the Illinois Watch Company, our Springfield 438. We really love how the different earth tones of this softly aged dial work well with this gunmetal titanium case and decided to add in an additional touch of green with our marsh strap. These open kite hands stand out with their blued-steel finish, while the nickel-plated crown and hardware add a touch of flare. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement inside, we are immediately drawn to the clean and crisp Geneva lines that are showcased all across the multiple build plates. More stainless steel hardware holds down the 17 screw-set jewels that are sprinkled throughout to keep everything spinning smoothly. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel add some additional color to keep the eye moving all around this complicated movement. This watch was originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1923. This is also the first year that we saw electric, automatic traffic lights entering the roads in America. Garrett Morgan invented and patented the first traffic light that was designed in a T shape, and had three different lights used to stop all of the traffic at an intersection before signaling one section to continue moving. He later sold the patent to General Electric for $40,000.

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