The Springfield 550 (46mm)

The Springfield 550 (46mm)

The Springfield 550 (46mm)
The Springfield 550 (46mm)
The Springfield 550 (46mm)
The Springfield 550 (46mm)
The Springfield 550 (46mm)
The Springfield 550 (46mm)
The Springfield 550 (46mm)
The Springfield 550 (46mm)
The Springfield 550 (46mm)
The Springfield 550 (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 550 unique: We’re pleased to present this sophisticated and distinct watch that was initially released by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 550. This breathtaking watch features a pristine, white dial along with uniquely-stylized black hour numerals and red minute numerals. We typically expect to see these Gothic-style numerals and look reserved for Sangamo Railroad watches, this dial appears to be a nod to the larger version of this watch. The watch’s face also features blued-steel diamond kite watch hands and a helpful subdial. We matched this antique pocket watch with our Sandblasted Titanium case and a nickel-plated crown to complement the dial’s polished style. On the back of the watch, you can see its original 406-grade open-face movement with a center bridge plate, going barrel, pendant setting, and nickel finish. This exquisite piece also boasts 19 jewels and beautiful gold-plated gears. Finally, we equipped this one-of-a-kind watch with our artisan-designed Stone leather watch strap, making it even more remarkable.

The Illinois Watch Company initially produced the Springfield 550’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year that Dr. K. Winfield Ney performed what’s believed to be the first brain tumor operation with a local anesthetic. Ney and his surgical team removed a four inch by two inch benign tumor from Henry A. Brown. The tumor was ¾ inch thick. Ney used cocaine as the anesthetic, and Brown was conscious through the entire procedure. Brown likely wouldn’t have survived the operation if he had been under a general anesthetic, and, fortunately, he was able to recover after his surgery fully.

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 4169056 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:  4169056
  • Manufacture Year:  1923
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 19j
  • 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 550 unique: We’re pleased to present this sophisticated and distinct watch that was initially released by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 550. This breathtaking watch features a pristine, white dial along with uniquely-stylized black hour numerals and red minute numerals. We typically expect to see these Gothic-style numerals and look reserved for Sangamo Railroad watches, this dial appears to be a nod to the larger version of this watch. The watch’s face also features blued-steel diamond kite watch hands and a helpful subdial. We matched this antique pocket watch with our Sandblasted Titanium case and a nickel-plated crown to complement the dial’s polished style. On the back of the watch, you can see its original 406-grade open-face movement with a center bridge plate, going barrel, pendant setting, and nickel finish. This exquisite piece also boasts 19 jewels and beautiful gold-plated gears. Finally, we equipped this one-of-a-kind watch with our artisan-designed Stone leather watch strap, making it even more remarkable.

The Illinois Watch Company initially produced the Springfield 550’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year that Dr. K. Winfield Ney performed what’s believed to be the first brain tumor operation with a local anesthetic. Ney and his surgical team removed a four inch by two inch benign tumor from Henry A. Brown. The tumor was ¾ inch thick. Ney used cocaine as the anesthetic, and Brown was conscious through the entire procedure. Brown likely wouldn’t have survived the operation if he had been under a general anesthetic, and, fortunately, he was able to recover after his surgery fully.

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