The Springfield 280 (46mm)

The Springfield 280 (46mm)

The Springfield 280 (46mm)
The Springfield 280 (46mm)
The Springfield 280 (46mm)
The Springfield 280 (46mm)
The Springfield 280 (46mm)
The Springfield 280 (46mm)
The Springfield 280 (46mm)
The Springfield 280 (46mm)
The Springfield 280 (46mm)
The Springfield 280 (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.

The Springfield 280 is the 280th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Springfield" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Springfield 280 Unique: We could not be more excited to present to you this amazing Sante Fe Special from Illinois, the Springfield 280. The appeal of this watch speaks for itself, with the homage to a classic Railroad style watch. 60 individual minute indicators all around the outside of the dial make for a truly one-of-a-kind watch, emulating the classic look and design of its larger 16 size predecessor that would have been used by Railroad conductors all across the nation. Dark black bold numerals and full-moon hands pop nicely off this soft dial, while the modern look and shine of our machined titanium case stand out. We added a copper crown and natural band to tie everything together nicely and keep with the subtle earth tones and feel of the dial. The movement powering this watch is second to none from Illinois during this time period, boasting 21 jewels and a carefully machined pattern throughout that grabs your attention and draws you in. Rose gold gears peek through from beneath the ¾ bridge plate, as well as copper inlaid text accents and stainless steel hardware throughout. This watch will truly steal the show and should be shown off at every available opportunity. Originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1930. In this same year, Mohandas Gandhi initiated the great Salt March, a non-violent protest that led him and his followers from Sabarmati to Dandi. Over 240 miles that started out with just a few dozen followers and eventually grew to thousands.

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Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. 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 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
  • Model Year: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21j
  • 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

The Springfield 280 is the 280th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Springfield" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Springfield 280 Unique: We could not be more excited to present to you this amazing Sante Fe Special from Illinois, the Springfield 280. The appeal of this watch speaks for itself, with the homage to a classic Railroad style watch. 60 individual minute indicators all around the outside of the dial make for a truly one-of-a-kind watch, emulating the classic look and design of its larger 16 size predecessor that would have been used by Railroad conductors all across the nation. Dark black bold numerals and full-moon hands pop nicely off this soft dial, while the modern look and shine of our machined titanium case stand out. We added a copper crown and natural band to tie everything together nicely and keep with the subtle earth tones and feel of the dial. The movement powering this watch is second to none from Illinois during this time period, boasting 21 jewels and a carefully machined pattern throughout that grabs your attention and draws you in. Rose gold gears peek through from beneath the ¾ bridge plate, as well as copper inlaid text accents and stainless steel hardware throughout. This watch will truly steal the show and should be shown off at every available opportunity. Originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1930. In this same year, Mohandas Gandhi initiated the great Salt March, a non-violent protest that led him and his followers from Sabarmati to Dandi. Over 240 miles that started out with just a few dozen followers and eventually grew to thousands.

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