The Springfield 529 (46mm)

The Springfield 529 (46mm)

The Springfield 529 (46mm)
The Springfield 529 (46mm)
The Springfield 529 (46mm)
The Springfield 529 (46mm)
The Springfield 529 (46mm)
The Springfield 529 (46mm)
The Springfield 529 (46mm)
The Springfield 529 (46mm)
The Springfield 529 (46mm)
The Springfield 529 (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 529 unique:  Today, we’re delighted to present to you this unforgettable antique piece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 529. This one-of-a-kind watch features a dial with a white background and stylish black markings that match its numerals. Additionally, the front of the piece has a uniquely textured cream-colored center as well as blue tinted diamond kite hands and matching subdial. We made the original pocket watch even more stunning by adding our own craftsmanship to the final product — our Bronzed Titanium case and nickel-plated crown. The gorgeous case and crown make the front of this already-breathtaking watch even more eye-catching. Our Bronzed Titanium case features a transparent back, enabling viewers to see the antique pocket watch’s original Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a stylish and fitting engraving that reads “The Autocrat.” You can also view the watch’s intricate bronze-plated gears and 17 jewels. To top off this 100% American-made watch, we added our comfortable, handcrafted Olive leather watch strap.

The Illinois Watch Company initially manufactured the Springfield 529’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year the United States opened the Lava Beds National Monument in northeastern California. The monument includes 46,000 acres of lava tubes and trails. Interestingly, before it became a national monument, the Lava Beds served as the location for the Modoc War. The conflict between the United States and the Modoc people ran from July 6, 1872 to June 4, 1873. It started when Modoc Chief Kintpuash, 52 warriors, and 150 other members of the Modoc people exited the Klamath Reservation. They occupied the Lava Beds and held off the United States Army until April 1873, when the US Army and Modocs met for a peace commission. Unfortunately, Kintpuash and other Modoc warriors killed General Edward Canby and Reverend Eleazar Thomas during the meeting, and the Army captured the Modoc people a few months after. Chief Kintpuash and three others were executed and the rest of the Modocs were held as prisoners of war until 1909.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. We use pressurized, fine glass beads in a sandblasting chamber to soften the edges and make the finish uniform. 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 4580273 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 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Sandblasted 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:  4580273
  • Manufacture Year:  1925
  • 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 529 unique:  Today, we’re delighted to present to you this unforgettable antique piece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 529. This one-of-a-kind watch features a dial with a white background and stylish black markings that match its numerals. Additionally, the front of the piece has a uniquely textured cream-colored center as well as blue tinted diamond kite hands and matching subdial. We made the original pocket watch even more stunning by adding our own craftsmanship to the final product — our Bronzed Titanium case and nickel-plated crown. The gorgeous case and crown make the front of this already-breathtaking watch even more eye-catching. Our Bronzed Titanium case features a transparent back, enabling viewers to see the antique pocket watch’s original Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a stylish and fitting engraving that reads “The Autocrat.” You can also view the watch’s intricate bronze-plated gears and 17 jewels. To top off this 100% American-made watch, we added our comfortable, handcrafted Olive leather watch strap.

The Illinois Watch Company initially manufactured the Springfield 529’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year the United States opened the Lava Beds National Monument in northeastern California. The monument includes 46,000 acres of lava tubes and trails. Interestingly, before it became a national monument, the Lava Beds served as the location for the Modoc War. The conflict between the United States and the Modoc people ran from July 6, 1872 to June 4, 1873. It started when Modoc Chief Kintpuash, 52 warriors, and 150 other members of the Modoc people exited the Klamath Reservation. They occupied the Lava Beds and held off the United States Army until April 1873, when the US Army and Modocs met for a peace commission. Unfortunately, Kintpuash and other Modoc warriors killed General Edward Canby and Reverend Eleazar Thomas during the meeting, and the Army captured the Modoc people a few months after. Chief Kintpuash and three others were executed and the rest of the Modocs were held as prisoners of war until 1909.

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