Watch DescriptionWhat makes the Springfield 444 unique: Today we happily present to you the Springfield 444, a stunning timepiece from the Illinois Watch Company. The gold-plated design work on the inner portion of this double-sunk dial is a great focal point to draw your attention to the finer details of this watch. We paired our gold-plated crown and hardware to tie in the vintage feel, cased in our machined titanium for extra visual appeal. Our natural strap brings everything together nicely, letting the craftsmanship of the dial shine through. As we turn this watch over, we are immediately taken aback by the intricacies and different layers of this amazing movement. The original craftsman named this watch accordingly, as you can see here with the insignia “Special” that is displayed across the main bridge plate. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel bring precious metal accents, as well as the 17 screw-set jewels that keep everything spinning on track. This watch was originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in 1925 in Springfield, Illinois. The founder of Illinois, Jacob Bunn, passed away in 1897 and was replaced by his youngest son, Jacob Bunn Jr as president of the company. Bunn decided to discontinue building medium-grade watches and focused on improving quality and selling the brand as the most popular and most reliable railroad watch in the country. Beginning in 1914 they focused only on high-quality watches with 17 or more jewels, and the company was growing faster than ever. A typical Illinois Watch took anywhere from eight to twelve months from the time work began on it until it was ready to leave the factory. The watches were guaranteed to be accurate within 30 seconds a week in up to five positions, and at temperatures from nearly freezing to almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
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.
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- 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: Gold Plated
- Water Resistance: 1 ATM
- Crystals: Sapphire
- Case Back: Stainless Steel
- Strap: Leather
- Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
- Serial Number: 4546174
- Manufacture Year: 1925
- Function: Manual Wind
- Jewels: 17 Jewels
- Hands: Original
- Size: 12s
- Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
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Thanks to the Vortices Team for the tour and great insight into how they create such awesome watches. After touring their operation and seeing the work and attention to detail they put into every piece, I knew I had to have one. I’m a big Jack Ryan series fan and already loved the Military Edition but when I found out that TWO of the main actors would be wearing the 4th Edition Military Watch, I picked out my very own! I absolutely love it and look forward to wearing it for years to come!
I've had this watch for a few weeks now, and it's just fantastic. It looks great and keeps great time. Have gotten lots of positive comments from many people about it, and of course have been talking up the mission of Vortic!
It's not often you can find a 105 year old watch to wear on your wrist. The watch and case look fantastic. Strap is perfectly paired. I highly recommend your watches to anyone who asks.
Not only is this thing absolutely gorgeous between the clean well made case, the super unique face and back, and the handmade strap, but the history behind this thing is awesome! A person or persons actually used this to help the country function. Not only does Vortic take a piece of American History and make it into a cool wearable modern product, but Vortic itself represents the American dream.
Have been eyeing Vortic for some time but finally bought the Springfield 595. Very easy to wear despite the size. Quite light on the wrist. Several compliments so far
My new favorite watch! To have a piece of 100+ year old history on my wrist seems so surreal. Imagine the people who had carried the pocket watch in the past…
The quality of the watch is fantastic and it was beautifully assembled. The concept of Vortic Watches is brilliant and I couldn’t be more pleased with my watch. Thanks everyone!
I stumbled on Vortic Watch Co when I was searching for watch repair tech schools to attend. Out of curiosity I was curious what Vortic was let alone did. The mission and purpose of the company fascinated me. I have long been a fan of pocket watches from afar and found their process and reincarnation of these lost pieces into wearable wristwatches. I immediately submitted a Hamilton RR B929 for conversion. While weeks away from that happening I saw the military edition. With luck there were only a few of the 4rh EDs left. I pondered for some time but took the dive and ordered it. To say the least I am thrilled with the watch. It’s exquisite, accurate, historical, and lost to time until now. I wear it proudly and daily with caution and care. The packaging alone is a presentation on its own. Since only 40 of this edition are made per year and as it becomes more difficult finding these pieces, I had a good idea of their rarity. And with an unknown how much longer these would be produced by Vortic, and limited supply impacting price at some point, it was a “now or never” decision. High cost/investment? Yes, by far. But it just doesn’t speak to the purpose and drive of what makes Vortic ‘tic’ and owning a true piece of something made in America, full of history, and debut. I would give 10 stars if I could. Just double the rating!
The Military Edition - Fourth Edition
The watch is beautiful, functional, historical, unique and works perfectly. The history and the 100 percent made in the USA is like no other watch. It’s besutiful patriotic functioning art! I would by more if I could - many more!
The leather patch on the camo hat looks sharp, real nice. It’s the best quality patch / logo I have on any hat.
Great hat, love Vortic! Everything they produce is sheer quality!
I have many high end watches, and this is one of the best watches. so much history, very unique and very well made. catches everyone eye.
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This is my second Vortic and as a watch a collector I have Zenith's, Panerai's, Tudor's, Breitlings, Glasshuette and this is now my favorite watch. To be honest, I am blown away with Vortic's watches and the high end luxury brands do not compare to the craftsmanship and uniqueness of these watches. Vortic is creating a new category of watches in the luxury watch space - small batch, handcrafted, American made! You don't have to like it, you have to love it! This is the type of product where you can feel the love that went into making it.
The engine that powers this watch is an antique American pocket watch movement. All the gears and springs that make it tell time are roughly 100 years old on average. We call these watches the American Artisan Series because we're celebrating the history and legacy of the artisan watchmakers who built this engineering marvel a century ago in the United States.
Today most pocket watches are scrapped for the gold or silver of the case (the outside of the antique timepiece), leaving the inside (what we call the "movement") as trash.
We take pride in upcycling these pieces of American history by salvaging as many as we can, then preserving them inside our wristwatches.
Our expert team of watchmakers restores the antique movement and then we manufacture a custom wristwatch case here in Fort Collins, Colorado.
We partnered with Worn & Wound to produce a custom set of straps for our American Artisan Series watches. We now have 15 different colors to choose from including our two Horween Shell Cordovan options. These straps are made in the USA and are based on the Windup Model 2 Premium strap that Worn and Wound offers.