The Springfield 397 (47mm)
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The Springfield 397 (47mm)

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The Springfield 397 (47mm)
The Springfield 397 (47mm)
The Springfield 397 (47mm)
The Springfield 397 (47mm)
The Springfield 397 (47mm)
The Springfield 397 (47mm)
The Springfield 397 (47mm)
The Springfield 397 (47mm)
The Springfield 397 (47mm)
The Springfield 397 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Springfield 397 is the 397th 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 397 Unique: We love sorting through the different dials and movements we restore to curate a unique set of watches for the week. We do our best to balance creating antique works of art that stand the test of time and creating clean timepieces for the modern man. Modern watch collectors often ask us about watches like the Springfield 397, which sports a vibrant, white dial and a set of clean, black numerals. It has classic appeal and all the character of a true masterpiece. We used our machined, titanium case, blue-steel diamond hands, and a black, cordovan strap to complete the classic feel before finishing it off with gold-plated hardware. You could wear this watch anywhere, anytime. This Springfield’s movement, originally made in 1923, features a stunning radial pattern on the ¾ bridge plate, 17 screw set jewels, double roller escapement, and separate plates for the escape wheels. The “Capitol” marking on the movement tells us the movement was made in a small run, apart from the larger run of 405 Grade watches from the same year. At the same time this watch was being manufactured in Springfield, Illinois, the Hollywood sign was being erected in Los Angeles, California.

1923

4291888

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: 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 397 is the 397th 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 397 Unique: We love sorting through the different dials and movements we restore to curate a unique set of watches for the week. We do our best to balance creating antique works of art that stand the test of time and creating clean timepieces for the modern man. Modern watch collectors often ask us about watches like the Springfield 397, which sports a vibrant, white dial and a set of clean, black numerals. It has classic appeal and all the character of a true masterpiece. We used our machined, titanium case, blue-steel diamond hands, and a black, cordovan strap to complete the classic feel before finishing it off with gold-plated hardware. You could wear this watch anywhere, anytime. This Springfield’s movement, originally made in 1923, features a stunning radial pattern on the ¾ bridge plate, 17 screw set jewels, double roller escapement, and separate plates for the escape wheels. The “Capitol” marking on the movement tells us the movement was made in a small run, apart from the larger run of 405 Grade watches from the same year. At the same time this watch was being manufactured in Springfield, Illinois, the Hollywood sign was being erected in Los Angeles, California.

1923

4291888

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