The Springfield 044 (45mm)
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The Springfield 044 (45mm)

The Springfield 044 (45mm)
The Springfield 044 (45mm)
The Springfield 044 (45mm)
The Springfield 044 (45mm)
The Springfield 044 (45mm)
The Springfield 044 (45mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 044 unique: Most American watch manufacturers offered customized, engraved movements for special orders, and the Illinois Watch Company was no exception. The pocket watch within the Springfield 044 was one such private-label piece. Originally produced in 1923 for H.C. Jacobsen & Son, this 17-jewel movement is marked with the trade name "Penn Special". The dial is clean and classic, painted white and accented with black numerals and seconds track and blued steel kite hands. We've preserved this refined timepiece in our sandblasted stainless steel case and paired it with a classic black leather strap.

Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Illinois Watch Company. We call this model "The Springfield" because the company was located in Springfield, Illinois.

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
  • Model Year: 2023
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 45mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Stainless Steel
  • Crown/Hardware: Stainless Steel
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 4263325
  • Manufacture Year: 1923
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

What makes the Springfield 044 unique: Most American watch manufacturers offered customized, engraved movements for special orders, and the Illinois Watch Company was no exception. The pocket watch within the Springfield 044 was one such private-label piece. Originally produced in 1923 for H.C. Jacobsen & Son, this 17-jewel movement is marked with the trade name "Penn Special". The dial is clean and classic, painted white and accented with black numerals and seconds track and blued steel kite hands. We've preserved this refined timepiece in our sandblasted stainless steel case and paired it with a classic black leather strap.

The Movement

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