The Springfield 353 (47mm)
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The Springfield 353 (47mm)

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The Springfield 353 (47mm)
The Springfield 353 (47mm)
The Springfield 353 (47mm)
The Springfield 353 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Springfield 353 is the 353rd 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 353 Unique: Anyone from Santa Fe? This movement was originally manufactured for the Santa Fe Railroad by Illinois Watch Co in 1929. Everything about this is rare and special. The dial is double signed, meaning it says both Illinois and Santa Fe. It’s also a Montgomery dial, which is an extremely rare feature on a 12size movement. The 21jewel movement is immaculately decorated, rounding out this collectors dream watch. This dial has "kite hands" with the diamonds on the end and boasts a beautifully kept Montgomery dial. The machined titanium case allows the dial to be the focus while we used the round gold crown and Cordovan black strap to match the class of this watch. The year this movement was produced was the Wall Street Crash - the bubble bursted on October 24th, known as Black Thursday, and stock prices fell sharply with a reported loss of $5 billion on that day.

1929

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https://player.vimeo.com/video/466665385

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: See Description
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Horween Shell Cordovan 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 353 is the 353rd 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 353 Unique: Anyone from Santa Fe? This movement was originally manufactured for the Santa Fe Railroad by Illinois Watch Co in 1929. Everything about this is rare and special. The dial is double signed, meaning it says both Illinois and Santa Fe. It’s also a Montgomery dial, which is an extremely rare feature on a 12size movement. The 21jewel movement is immaculately decorated, rounding out this collectors dream watch. This dial has "kite hands" with the diamonds on the end and boasts a beautifully kept Montgomery dial. The machined titanium case allows the dial to be the focus while we used the round gold crown and Cordovan black strap to match the class of this watch. The year this movement was produced was the Wall Street Crash - the bubble bursted on October 24th, known as Black Thursday, and stock prices fell sharply with a reported loss of $5 billion on that day.

1929

5261096

https://player.vimeo.com/video/466665385

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