The Springfield 066 (49mm)
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The Springfield 066 (49mm)

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The Springfield 066 (49mm)
The Springfield 066 (49mm)
The Springfield 066 (49mm)
The Springfield 066 (49mm)
The Springfield 066 (49mm)
The Springfield 066 (49mm)
The Springfield 066 (49mm)
The Springfield 066 (49mm)
The Springfield 066 (49mm)
The Springfield 066 (49mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 066 unique: As far as classic pocket watch design goes, it doesn't get more pure than this. The conversion of a 16-size Illinois built in 1917, this robust and stylish Vortic features an almost flawless enamel dial that has all of the hallmarks of early 20th-century design and execution.

Bold black Arabic numerals punctuate its white "double-sunk" construction, with an inset center and further inset seconds subdial. When coupled with the dark violet heavy spade and whip hands, the visual contrast is eye-catching and functionally brilliant, allowing the time to be read legibly even in low light. Cherry-red circles outboard of the numerals also boost the dial's readability and add a pop of color to its otherwise staid aesthetic.

On the other hand, the original 17 jewel movement, serviced by our in-house watchmakers, has much more flair. Its intricately decorated and engraved plates and bridges are gold-plated, and the movement exhibits the same almost flawless condition as the dial and hands. To add further history and exclusivity to this impressive timepiece, "Great Northern Special", the name engraved on the center bridge, denotes that the Illinois Watch Co. manufactured this pocket watch movement exclusively for St. Paul, Minnesota's Gittelson Jewelry Co. and the Gradwohl Jewelry Co. of Kansas City and St. Louis.

The warm gold tones of the movement accent the Springfield 066's bronze case and crown, both of which have been completely machined here in our Fort Collins, Colorado workshop. To showcase the antique nature of the dial and movement, those bronze components will patina and darken over time due to the chemical reaction of certain copper-containing metals when exposed to oxygen, moisture, and atmospheric chemicals. This actually creates an elemental barrier that protects them from harmful corrosion.

The made-in-America, black leather strap has a supple grain that looks great and feels comfortable around your wrist. After being worn and broken in, it will be even more true.

This Vortic conversion highlights one of the most classic and iconic pocket watch styles produced by the American watchmaking industry, and its incredible condition will make it hard to believe when you tell admirers that it's 107 years young.

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: 2024
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 49mm
    • Thickness: 14.5mm
    • Lug to Lug: 59mm
    • Lug Width: 24mm
  • Case Material: Machined Bronze
  • Crown/Hardware: Bronze
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 3118544
  • Manufacture Year: 1917
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 16s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

What makes the Springfield 066 unique: As far as classic pocket watch design goes, it doesn't get more pure than this. The conversion of a 16-size Illinois built in 1917, this robust and stylish Vortic features an almost flawless enamel dial that has all of the hallmarks of early 20th-century design and execution.

Bold black Arabic numerals punctuate its white "double-sunk" construction, with an inset center and further inset seconds subdial. When coupled with the dark violet heavy spade and whip hands, the visual contrast is eye-catching and functionally brilliant, allowing the time to be read legibly even in low light. Cherry-red circles outboard of the numerals also boost the dial's readability and add a pop of color to its otherwise staid aesthetic.

On the other hand, the original 17 jewel movement, serviced by our in-house watchmakers, has much more flair. Its intricately decorated and engraved plates and bridges are gold-plated, and the movement exhibits the same almost flawless condition as the dial and hands. To add further history and exclusivity to this impressive timepiece, "Great Northern Special", the name engraved on the center bridge, denotes that the Illinois Watch Co. manufactured this pocket watch movement exclusively for St. Paul, Minnesota's Gittelson Jewelry Co. and the Gradwohl Jewelry Co. of Kansas City and St. Louis.

The warm gold tones of the movement accent the Springfield 066's bronze case and crown, both of which have been completely machined here in our Fort Collins, Colorado workshop. To showcase the antique nature of the dial and movement, those bronze components will patina and darken over time due to the chemical reaction of certain copper-containing metals when exposed to oxygen, moisture, and atmospheric chemicals. This actually creates an elemental barrier that protects them from harmful corrosion.

The made-in-America, black leather strap has a supple grain that looks great and feels comfortable around your wrist. After being worn and broken in, it will be even more true.

This Vortic conversion highlights one of the most classic and iconic pocket watch styles produced by the American watchmaking industry, and its incredible condition will make it hard to believe when you tell admirers that it's 107 years young.

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