The Springfield 403 (47mm)
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The Springfield 403 (47mm)

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The Springfield 403 (47mm)
The Springfield 403 (47mm)
The Springfield 403 (47mm)
The Springfield 403 (47mm)
The Springfield 403 (47mm)
The Springfield 403 (47mm)
The Springfield 403 (47mm)
The Springfield 403 (47mm)
The Springfield 403 (47mm)
The Springfield 403 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Springfield 403 is the 403rd 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 403 Unique: This watch’s unique, golden dial has just the right amount of aging, considering it was originally manufactured in 1916. We decided to house it in our gunmetal titanium case, which is made and heat-treated by our specialized team here at Vortic Watch Company. Our gold-plated crown and hardware along with a moss-colored strap help complete the antique industrial motif of this face paired with titanium. Full moon hands add just the right amount of character. The heart of this watch is a very special Rockland movement from the Illinois Watch Company, boasting 17 screw-set jewels and brass hardware. A beautiful spiral pattern machined across the build plate sweeps the viewer’s eye across every perfect detail. Despite the fact that this movement is well over 100 years old, it’s still working as hard as it did the day it left Illinois’ showroom. The same year this watch was made, the very first “toggle-style” light switch was invented by William J Newton and Morris Goldberg. Innovations made during the industrial revolution that continue to be relevant and useful today are incredible feats of ingenuity.

1916

3062457

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 403 is the 403rd 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 403 Unique: This watch’s unique, golden dial has just the right amount of aging, considering it was originally manufactured in 1916. We decided to house it in our gunmetal titanium case, which is made and heat-treated by our specialized team here at Vortic Watch Company. Our gold-plated crown and hardware along with a moss-colored strap help complete the antique industrial motif of this face paired with titanium. Full moon hands add just the right amount of character. The heart of this watch is a very special Rockland movement from the Illinois Watch Company, boasting 17 screw-set jewels and brass hardware. A beautiful spiral pattern machined across the build plate sweeps the viewer’s eye across every perfect detail. Despite the fact that this movement is well over 100 years old, it’s still working as hard as it did the day it left Illinois’ showroom. The same year this watch was made, the very first “toggle-style” light switch was invented by William J Newton and Morris Goldberg. Innovations made during the industrial revolution that continue to be relevant and useful today are incredible feats of ingenuity.

1916

3062457

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