The Springfield 354 (47mm)
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The Springfield 354 (47mm)

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The Springfield 354 (47mm)
The Springfield 354 (47mm)
The Springfield 354 (47mm)
The Springfield 354 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Springfield 354 is the 354th 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 354 Unique: This dial must have a story to tell! The movement was produced in 1922, 98 years ago, and since then this dial and movement combo has likely been through several hands. You can see the distressed look, a texture that could only be achieved over time. In the center is a prominent gold design that resembles a coin. The gold appears to have been added later to the dial because of the nature of the cut-out look around the Illinois signature. We chose a knurled gold crown as a nod to the coin like center and allowed the black DLC case and coal strap to serve as a backdrop for this Conversation Piece dial. We found out the year this movement was produced is the same year as the Denver Mint Robbery. With the wear and tear and coin like addition to this dial, would it be a stretch to wonder if this pocket watch played a role in the successful robbery of $200,000 from the Denver Mint? We can only imagine what these pocket watches have experienced before they end up in our hands, sometimes our imaginations get the best of us.

1922

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https://player.vimeo.com/video/466665667

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: DLC 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 354 is the 354th 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 354 Unique: This dial must have a story to tell! The movement was produced in 1922, 98 years ago, and since then this dial and movement combo has likely been through several hands. You can see the distressed look, a texture that could only be achieved over time. In the center is a prominent gold design that resembles a coin. The gold appears to have been added later to the dial because of the nature of the cut-out look around the Illinois signature. We chose a knurled gold crown as a nod to the coin like center and allowed the black DLC case and coal strap to serve as a backdrop for this Conversation Piece dial. We found out the year this movement was produced is the same year as the Denver Mint Robbery. With the wear and tear and coin like addition to this dial, would it be a stretch to wonder if this pocket watch played a role in the successful robbery of $200,000 from the Denver Mint? We can only imagine what these pocket watches have experienced before they end up in our hands, sometimes our imaginations get the best of us.

1922

4146814

https://player.vimeo.com/video/466665667

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