The Springfield 538 (46mm)

The Springfield 538 (46mm)

The Springfield 538 (46mm)
The Springfield 538 (46mm)
The Springfield 538 (46mm)
The Springfield 538 (46mm)
The Springfield 538 (46mm)
The Springfield 538 (46mm)
The Springfield 538 (46mm)
The Springfield 538 (46mm)
The Springfield 538 (46mm)
The Springfield 538 (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 538 unique: Today, we’re delighted to feature this distinct watch initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company over a century ago — the Springfield 538. This splendid piece boasts stylized gold-colored numerals along with matching diamond kite hands. The front of the watch also features a breathtaking coat of arms and a subdial with blue numerals and a gold-plated hand. We encased this eye-catching pocket watch within our powerful Blued Titanium case, emphasizing the dial’s golden details, and we topped it off with a sumptuous-looking gold-plated crown. Our Blued Titanium case features an open back, enabling you to view the antique pocket watch’s impressive Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a gilt inlay color, radial finish pattern, and nickel finish. The back of the watch also showcases a fitting engraving that reads “The Autocrat” as well as gold-plated gears and 17 screw-set jewels. Finally, we added even more sophistication to this watch by equipping it with our hand-crafted Merlot leather watch strap, matching the coat of arms’ sash.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the Springfield 538’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year the Riegelmann Boardwalk opened in Coney Island. Before the construction of the Riegelmann Boardwalk, Coney Island’s beachfront was mostly inaccessible to the public. Most of the land was privately owned by wealthy developers who constructed seaside resorts and expensive restaurants. In the early 20th century, economists and public associations began championing the construction of the boardwalk to make the area more accessible as well as stimulate the local economy. Once built, the boardwalk was named after Edward J. Riegelmann, the president of the Brooklyn borough, who was heavily involved in the boardwalk’s development. Although the official name remains, Rigelmann actually rejected having the boardwalk be named after him. Instead, he preferred calling it simply the “Coney Island Boardwalk.”

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 4385431 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: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  4385431
  • 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 538 unique: Today, we’re delighted to feature this distinct watch initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company over a century ago — the Springfield 538. This splendid piece boasts stylized gold-colored numerals along with matching diamond kite hands. The front of the watch also features a breathtaking coat of arms and a subdial with blue numerals and a gold-plated hand. We encased this eye-catching pocket watch within our powerful Blued Titanium case, emphasizing the dial’s golden details, and we topped it off with a sumptuous-looking gold-plated crown. Our Blued Titanium case features an open back, enabling you to view the antique pocket watch’s impressive Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a gilt inlay color, radial finish pattern, and nickel finish. The back of the watch also showcases a fitting engraving that reads “The Autocrat” as well as gold-plated gears and 17 screw-set jewels. Finally, we added even more sophistication to this watch by equipping it with our hand-crafted Merlot leather watch strap, matching the coat of arms’ sash.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the Springfield 538’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year the Riegelmann Boardwalk opened in Coney Island. Before the construction of the Riegelmann Boardwalk, Coney Island’s beachfront was mostly inaccessible to the public. Most of the land was privately owned by wealthy developers who constructed seaside resorts and expensive restaurants. In the early 20th century, economists and public associations began championing the construction of the boardwalk to make the area more accessible as well as stimulate the local economy. Once built, the boardwalk was named after Edward J. Riegelmann, the president of the Brooklyn borough, who was heavily involved in the boardwalk’s development. Although the official name remains, Rigelmann actually rejected having the boardwalk be named after him. Instead, he preferred calling it simply the “Coney Island Boardwalk.”

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