The Springfield 441 (46mm)

The Springfield 441 (46mm)

The Springfield 441 (46mm)
The Springfield 441 (46mm)
The Springfield 441 (46mm)
The Springfield 441 (46mm)
The Springfield 441 (46mm)
The Springfield 441 (46mm)
The Springfield 441 (46mm)
The Springfield 441 (46mm)
The Springfield 441 (46mm)
The Springfield 441 (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 441 unique: Today we bring you this gorgeous watch originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company of Springfield, Illinois. At the time when this watch was originally manufactured, it was commonplace for small companies or individuals to special order dials that represented their brand or had a custom insignia on them. It was also a very common practice for private jewelers to have small runs of watches that were specific to their store or lineage. We assume that this incredibly rare and unique dial fits into one of these categories, as the only information we have found is that it resembles the look of an antique French military flag. Perhaps this dial was an homage to someone’s French heritage, or perhaps this is a design that represents a family or lineage. Either way, we love to search through old catalogs from these companies to try and tell a better story of each and every unique watch that we make. As if the front of this watch wasn’t enough, the movement inside is sure to impress anyone who sets their eyes upon it. A beautiful display of 21 screw-set jewels keeps these gold-plated gears spinning perfectly all these years later. A brass balance wheel and hardware stand out nicely from this nickel-plated build plate that has been carefully machined with Geneva lines all throughout. The original production year for this watch was 1926, a time when technological innovations were thriving with new ideas being produced every day. Among these inventors was John Logie Baird, a Scottish innovator who demonstrated a mechanical television system at his London Laboratory for a reporter from The Times as well as members of the Royal Institution.

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 4820945 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: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  4820945
  • Manufacture Year:  1926
  • 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 441 unique: Today we bring you this gorgeous watch originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company of Springfield, Illinois. At the time when this watch was originally manufactured, it was commonplace for small companies or individuals to special order dials that represented their brand or had a custom insignia on them. It was also a very common practice for private jewelers to have small runs of watches that were specific to their store or lineage. We assume that this incredibly rare and unique dial fits into one of these categories, as the only information we have found is that it resembles the look of an antique French military flag. Perhaps this dial was an homage to someone’s French heritage, or perhaps this is a design that represents a family or lineage. Either way, we love to search through old catalogs from these companies to try and tell a better story of each and every unique watch that we make. As if the front of this watch wasn’t enough, the movement inside is sure to impress anyone who sets their eyes upon it. A beautiful display of 21 screw-set jewels keeps these gold-plated gears spinning perfectly all these years later. A brass balance wheel and hardware stand out nicely from this nickel-plated build plate that has been carefully machined with Geneva lines all throughout. The original production year for this watch was 1926, a time when technological innovations were thriving with new ideas being produced every day. Among these inventors was John Logie Baird, a Scottish innovator who demonstrated a mechanical television system at his London Laboratory for a reporter from The Times as well as members of the Royal Institution.

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