The Springfield 280 (47mm)
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The Springfield 280 (47mm)

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The Springfield 280 (47mm)
The Springfield 280 (47mm)
The Springfield 280 (47mm)
The Springfield 280 (47mm)
The Springfield 280 (47mm)
The Springfield 280 (47mm)
The Springfield 280 (47mm)
The Springfield 280 (47mm)
The Springfield 280 (47mm)
The Springfield 280 (47mm)

Watch Description

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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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: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

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.

1930

5374371

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