The Springfield 551 (46mm)

The Springfield 551 (46mm)

The Springfield 551 (46mm)
The Springfield 551 (46mm)
The Springfield 551 (46mm)
The Springfield 551 (46mm)
The Springfield 551 (46mm)
The Springfield 551 (46mm)
The Springfield 551 (46mm)
The Springfield 551 (46mm)
The Springfield 551 (46mm)
The Springfield 551 (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 551 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to showcase this eye-catching and luxurious watch that features a pocket watch movement originally designed by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 551. The front of this stunning watch features a cream-colored dial with a center design pattern that boats an intricate gilt outline. The dial also displays additional remarkable details, including its uniquely-stylized black numerals, an eye-catching subdial, and blued steel diamond kite watch hands. We paired this exceptional pocket watch with our stylish Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown that complements the dial’s stunning gilt details. The rear side of our Bronzed Titanium case is transparent, enabling you and other watch enthusiasts to see the pocket watch’s beautiful Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a center bridge plate, Reed regulator, Breguet hairspring, and Going barrel. The movement also displays a splendid engraving that reads “The Autocrat” as well as gold-plated gears and 17 sumptuous jewels with gilded settings. Finally, we matched this one-of-a-kind watch with our comfortable Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap, making the final product even more unforgettable.

The Illinois Watch Company initially released this pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year that President Calvin Coolidge established Glacier Bay as a national monument near Juneau, Alaska. President Coolidge had the authority to create the monument thanks to the Antiquities Act of 1906 — signed by President Theodore Roosevelt — which declared that the President of the United States has the authority to create national monuments from federally-owned land in order to preserve something of cultural, scientific, or environmental significance. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter expanded the Glacier Bay monument and established the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site a year later.

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 4581374 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:  4581374
  • 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 551 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to showcase this eye-catching and luxurious watch that features a pocket watch movement originally designed by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 551. The front of this stunning watch features a cream-colored dial with a center design pattern that boats an intricate gilt outline. The dial also displays additional remarkable details, including its uniquely-stylized black numerals, an eye-catching subdial, and blued steel diamond kite watch hands. We paired this exceptional pocket watch with our stylish Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown that complements the dial’s stunning gilt details. The rear side of our Bronzed Titanium case is transparent, enabling you and other watch enthusiasts to see the pocket watch’s beautiful Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a center bridge plate, Reed regulator, Breguet hairspring, and Going barrel. The movement also displays a splendid engraving that reads “The Autocrat” as well as gold-plated gears and 17 sumptuous jewels with gilded settings. Finally, we matched this one-of-a-kind watch with our comfortable Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap, making the final product even more unforgettable.

The Illinois Watch Company initially released this pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year that President Calvin Coolidge established Glacier Bay as a national monument near Juneau, Alaska. President Coolidge had the authority to create the monument thanks to the Antiquities Act of 1906 — signed by President Theodore Roosevelt — which declared that the President of the United States has the authority to create national monuments from federally-owned land in order to preserve something of cultural, scientific, or environmental significance. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter expanded the Glacier Bay monument and established the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site a year later.

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