The Springfield 343 (47mm)
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The Springfield 343 (47mm)

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The Springfield 343 (47mm)
The Springfield 343 (47mm)
The Springfield 343 (47mm)
The Springfield 343 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Springfield 343 is the 343rd 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 343 Unique: This is a fantastic every day wear Conversation Piece. The dial features a fairly rare "Sterling" mark under the Illinois brand. The patina on the dial is stunning. We typically refer to markings like that as "freckles." Everyone here in the shop tends to like freckles! The movement, originally manufactured in 1918, is an Autocrat model which is another one of our favorites. This particular movement really shows its age with some dark patina around the balance wheel. We put the tobacco strap on this watch to help bring out the freckles and other patina throughout.

3284785

1918

https://player.vimeo.com/video/454883923

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: 2020
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • 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: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

The Springfield 343 is the 343rd 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 343 Unique: This is a fantastic every day wear Conversation Piece. The dial features a fairly rare "Sterling" mark under the Illinois brand. The patina on the dial is stunning. We typically refer to markings like that as "freckles." Everyone here in the shop tends to like freckles! The movement, originally manufactured in 1918, is an Autocrat model which is another one of our favorites. This particular movement really shows its age with some dark patina around the balance wheel. We put the tobacco strap on this watch to help bring out the freckles and other patina throughout.

3284785

1918

https://player.vimeo.com/video/454883923

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