The Springfield 048 (45mm)
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The Springfield 048 (45mm)

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The Springfield 048 (45mm)
The Springfield 048 (45mm)
The Springfield 048 (45mm)
The Springfield 048 (45mm)
The Springfield 048 (45mm)
The Springfield 048 (45mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 048 unique: This watch is spectacular! The Springfield 048 features a pocket watch originally manufactured in 1922 by the Illinois Watch Company as a private-label piece for the Rosenfield-Simone Jewelry Company of St. Joseph, Missouri. Illinois movements made for that company were marked "Federal" and had these unique waves machined into them. We can't decide if we like the front or the back of this timepiece better - the dial, with its 'freckled' patina and ornate engravings, almost glows in the light, and the open case back reveals a 21-jewel movement with a sunburst pattern. We opted for a stainless steel case with a coin-edged bezel and a tobacco leather strap to complete the conversion. This 45mm Vortic watch certainly has some stories to tell.

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: 4154429
  • Manufacture Year: 1922
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

What makes the Springfield 048 unique: This watch is spectacular! The Springfield 048 features a pocket watch originally manufactured in 1922 by the Illinois Watch Company as a private-label piece for the Rosenfield-Simone Jewelry Company of St. Joseph, Missouri. Illinois movements made for that company were marked "Federal" and had these unique waves machined into them. We can't decide if we like the front or the back of this timepiece better - the dial, with its 'freckled' patina and ornate engravings, almost glows in the light, and the open case back reveals a 21-jewel movement with a sunburst pattern. We opted for a stainless steel case with a coin-edged bezel and a tobacco leather strap to complete the conversion. This 45mm Vortic watch certainly has some stories to tell.

The Movement

The Story

The Strap

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