The Springfield 429 (47mm)
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The Springfield 429 (47mm)

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The Springfield 429 (47mm)
The Springfield 429 (47mm)
The Springfield 429 (47mm)
The Springfield 429 (47mm)
The Springfield 429 (47mm)
The Springfield 429 (47mm)
The Springfield 429 (47mm)
The Springfield 429 (47mm)
The Springfield 429 (47mm)
The Springfield 429 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 429 unique: We are very excited to showcase today this fantastic watch from the Illinois Watch Company, our very own Springfield 429. We were immediately drawn to the unique design and color of this dial, with such attention to detail in the manufacturing process. We chose to match the color tones in the face to our moss strap and complimented them with our machined titanium case and nickel-plated crown. Some wear and tear around the numerals shows the age of this watch, along with these rustic gothic-style hands that contrast against the soft feel of the dial. Another stunning movement from Illinois, this one is the Sterling grade and is among the higher-end examples from Illinois during this time. Brass hardware throughout the entire movement helps bring attention to the rose-gold gears that hide beneath and stand out against the fine details of this highly decorated build plate. This watch was originally produced by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1926. In this same year, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, from France to England.

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
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 4748283
  • Manufacture Year: 1926
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Springfield 429 unique: We are very excited to showcase today this fantastic watch from the Illinois Watch Company, our very own Springfield 429. We were immediately drawn to the unique design and color of this dial, with such attention to detail in the manufacturing process. We chose to match the color tones in the face to our moss strap and complimented them with our machined titanium case and nickel-plated crown. Some wear and tear around the numerals shows the age of this watch, along with these rustic gothic-style hands that contrast against the soft feel of the dial. Another stunning movement from Illinois, this one is the Sterling grade and is among the higher-end examples from Illinois during this time. Brass hardware throughout the entire movement helps bring attention to the rose-gold gears that hide beneath and stand out against the fine details of this highly decorated build plate. This watch was originally produced by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1926. In this same year, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, from France to England.

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