The Springfield 069 (45mm)
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The Springfield 069 (45mm)

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The Springfield 069 (45mm)
The Springfield 069 (45mm)
The Springfield 069 (45mm)
The Springfield 069 (45mm)
The Springfield 069 (45mm)
The Springfield 069 (45mm)
The Springfield 069 (45mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 069 unique: This watch, with its rare secometer in place of a standard seconds subdial, makes no bones about the effects of a long, full life. Cosmetically, aesthetically, and stylistically it is unapologetically of another era. The white, Illinois-signed dial proudly bears the marks of its 99 years of age. The font of its Arabic numerals would be at home on a wooden sign above the swinging doors of a Wild-West-era saloon, and the Gothic-style hands accentuate the feeling of this watch being built to be worn while riding horseback across the frontier.

A bronze case and crown were a natural fit to further showcase the appeal of the aging process in this one-of-a-kind timepiece. 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. Unlike rust on steel and iron, bronze patina doesn't corrode or weaken the material but actually creates an elemental barrier that protects it from harmful corrosion.

The strap, likewise, seems as if it were made specifically for this watch. The raw-finished leather, with its visible grain and imperfections, completes this Vortic conversion which not only highlights the beauty of the age and history of these antique American pocketwatch movements and dials but also celebrates the fact that these watches have a lifetime of stories to tell and are built to last, ready to collect countless stories of your own life and legacy.

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 Bronze
  • Crown/Hardware: Bronze
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 4613117
  • Manufacture Year: 1925
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 19 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

What makes the Springfield 069 unique: This watch, with its rare secometer in place of a standard seconds subdial, makes no bones about the effects of a long, full life. Cosmetically, aesthetically, and stylistically it is unapologetically of another era. The white, Illinois-signed dial proudly bears the marks of its 99 years of age. The font of its Arabic numerals would be at home on a wooden sign above the swinging doors of a Wild-West-era saloon, and the Gothic-style hands accentuate the feeling of this watch being built to be worn while riding horseback across the frontier.

A bronze case and crown were a natural fit to further showcase the appeal of the aging process in this one-of-a-kind timepiece. 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. Unlike rust on steel and iron, bronze patina doesn't corrode or weaken the material but actually creates an elemental barrier that protects it from harmful corrosion.

The strap, likewise, seems as if it were made specifically for this watch. The raw-finished leather, with its visible grain and imperfections, completes this Vortic conversion which not only highlights the beauty of the age and history of these antique American pocketwatch movements and dials but also celebrates the fact that these watches have a lifetime of stories to tell and are built to last, ready to collect countless stories of your own life and legacy.

The Movement

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The Strap

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