The Springfield 459 (46mm)

The Springfield 459 (46mm)

The Springfield 459 (46mm)
The Springfield 459 (46mm)
The Springfield 459 (46mm)
The Springfield 459 (46mm)
The Springfield 459 (46mm)
The Springfield 459 (46mm)
The Springfield 459 (46mm)
The Springfield 459 (46mm)
The Springfield 459 (46mm)
The Springfield 459 (46mm)

Watch Description

The American mechanism inside this watch is not a replica or an "inspired" piece. It was genuinely carried by an individual, 100 years ago, that depended on it. Each time you wear this watch, you will be transported through time, imagining who this individual was and the work they did to help build our country. Simply put, American Artisan Series watches make you feel something when you put them on. At Vortic, we tell customers that owning a watch isn't nearly as important as owning a story. And, this is an opportunity to be a part of a story that is bigger than yourself. You won't be the first to own this watch, and you certainly won't be the last, so make your chapter count.

The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements. Individuals commonly scrap pocket watch cases for their precious metal, leaving the original mechanism orphaned. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880's - 1950's) pocket watch made by Illinois Watch Company. We call this model "The Springfield" because the company was located in Springfield, Illinois.

What makes the Springfield 459 unique: Today, we are proud to present this historical masterpiece from the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 459. Originally manufactured in Springfield, Illinois, in 1931, this watch features a single-sunk dial with gold, gothic numbers and a classic silver design in the center. The cobalt blue watch hands contrast beautifully against the white and gold of the dial, and the subtle aging reminds you you’re wearing a piece of history. When you turn the watch over, you can peer through the open back and see the nickel gears hard at work. Powered by 17 jewels, this 127-grade watch stands out from the rest in its eye-catching design and seamless efficiency. The entire piece is held together by our beautiful PVD Zicron Gold case. The finish on this case is extremely durable and scratch-resistant, due to the process of vaporizing Zirconium Nitride and attaching it to the case through an electric current. Paired with our Moss leather strap, the Springfield 459 is a watch with the perfect mix of antique and poise. In 1931, the same year this watch was originally built, the Empire State Building was finally completed in New York, earning the title as the tallest building in the world until 1970. When you look at the Springfield 459, you can see a similar Art Deco style, which was hugely popular at the time.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aluminum bronze. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. The watch will arrive pre-patina'd like the product image and take on additional patina over time as it interacts with oxygen in the air and oils on your skin. This patina can be removed to return the bronze case to its original state, but most individuals strive for the distinct, one-of-a-kind patina created by their lifestyle. Each bronze case is one of a kind, and the rich, deep color of the patina will vary from case to case.

Movement: The manually wound, antique, pocket watch movement inside this watch has been meticulously restored to as close to original condition as possible. Vortic has an exclusive group of highly experienced watchmakers that specialize in vintage watches. Before its use in a wristwatch, each movement is completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled, and calibrated. Each finished Vortic watch is tested for at least a week before completion.

This watch's movement is serial number 5413551 from the Illinois Watch Company. 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: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Bronze
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  5413551
  • Manufacture Year:  1931
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
It looks like it would have been right at home on the wrist of Indiana Jones! This watch is a showpiece as much as it is as unique timepiece!
—John from Indiana
After receiving the watch in the mail, I was surprised to see the watch somehow looked better in person than it did in the photos. I didn't think that would be possible!
—Mark from Massachusetts
The skeleton back is amazing and the packaging was perfect. To honor the past with details like this is truly impressive.
—Brad from Florida
I own so called "high end" watches such as Rolex, Panerai, and Zenith but they pale in comparison to my two Vortic models which I wear everyday to work.
—Todd from Ohio
What makes the Springfield 459 unique: Today, we are proud to present this historical masterpiece from the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 459. Originally manufactured in Springfield, Illinois, in 1931, this watch features a single-sunk dial with gold, gothic numbers and a classic silver design in the center. The cobalt blue watch hands contrast beautifully against the white and gold of the dial, and the subtle aging reminds you you’re wearing a piece of history. When you turn the watch over, you can peer through the open back and see the nickel gears hard at work. Powered by 17 jewels, this 127-grade watch stands out from the rest in its eye-catching design and seamless efficiency. The entire piece is held together by our beautiful PVD Zicron Gold case. The finish on this case is extremely durable and scratch-resistant, due to the process of vaporizing Zirconium Nitride and attaching it to the case through an electric current. Paired with our Moss leather strap, the Springfield 459 is a watch with the perfect mix of antique and poise. In 1931, the same year this watch was originally built, the Empire State Building was finally completed in New York, earning the title as the tallest building in the world until 1970. When you look at the Springfield 459, you can see a similar Art Deco style, which was hugely popular at the time.

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