The Springfield 536 (46mm)

The Springfield 536 (46mm)

The Springfield 536 (46mm)
The Springfield 536 (46mm)
The Springfield 536 (46mm)
The Springfield 536 (46mm)
The Springfield 536 (46mm)
The Springfield 536 (46mm)
The Springfield 536 (46mm)
The Springfield 536 (46mm)
The Springfield 536 (46mm)
The Springfield 536 (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 536 unique: Today, we’re excited to showcase this wearable piece of history initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company almost a century ago — the Springfield 536. This stunning, antique piece features a gold-colored dial with stylish black numerals and a useful subdial. You can also view the watch’s breathtaking blued steel diamond kite hands, which glimmer brilliantly against the dial’s golden colors. We emphasized the dial’s sumptuous design by encasing it within our Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a gleaming gold-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case boasts a transparent back, enabling you to view the pocket watch’s original 274-grade open-face movement that sports a nickel finish and pendant setting. The movement’s conspicuous engraving reading “Santa Fe Special” refers to the Santa Fe Railroad line. This remarkable pocket watch also features gold-plated gears as well as 21 jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we made this watch wearable by matching it with our Olive leather watch strap, making this one-of-a-kind antique piece even more distinct and attractive.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the Springfield 536’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year Clarence Birdseye invented the contemporary method for freezing food. Humans have likely used the freezing method of preserving food for thousands of years, but Clarence Birdseye created the modern frozen food industry through his particular preservation method. Birdseye froze food by using refrigerant-filled hollow metal plates that could maintain a cooled temperature of between -21 to -50 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, Birdseye would fill cartons full of food and place the cartons between metal plates. With this innovative preservation method, Birdseye created the first frozen food company: Birds Eye.

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 4298922 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: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  4298922
  • Manufacture Year:  1923
  • 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 536 unique: Today, we’re excited to showcase this wearable piece of history initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company almost a century ago — the Springfield 536. This stunning, antique piece features a gold-colored dial with stylish black numerals and a useful subdial. You can also view the watch’s breathtaking blued steel diamond kite hands, which glimmer brilliantly against the dial’s golden colors. We emphasized the dial’s sumptuous design by encasing it within our Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a gleaming gold-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case boasts a transparent back, enabling you to view the pocket watch’s original 274-grade open-face movement that sports a nickel finish and pendant setting. The movement’s conspicuous engraving reading “Santa Fe Special” refers to the Santa Fe Railroad line. This remarkable pocket watch also features gold-plated gears as well as 21 jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we made this watch wearable by matching it with our Olive leather watch strap, making this one-of-a-kind antique piece even more distinct and attractive.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the Springfield 536’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year Clarence Birdseye invented the contemporary method for freezing food. Humans have likely used the freezing method of preserving food for thousands of years, but Clarence Birdseye created the modern frozen food industry through his particular preservation method. Birdseye froze food by using refrigerant-filled hollow metal plates that could maintain a cooled temperature of between -21 to -50 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, Birdseye would fill cartons full of food and place the cartons between metal plates. With this innovative preservation method, Birdseye created the first frozen food company: Birds Eye.

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