The Springfield 473 (47mm)
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The Springfield 473 (47mm)

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The Springfield 473 (47mm)
The Springfield 473 (47mm)
The Springfield 473 (47mm)
The Springfield 473 (47mm)
The Springfield 473 (47mm)
The Springfield 473 (47mm)
The Springfield 473 (47mm)
The Springfield 473 (47mm)
The Springfield 473 (47mm)
The Springfield 473 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 473 unique: Today, we are proud to present this remarkable piece from the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 473. Originally manufactured in 1923 by the Illinois Watch Company, the Springfield 473 features a classic watch dial design, bold-type numbers, and a clear display case that reveals the intricate stainless steel gears with brass and gold-plated details. The speckled border on the dial accentuates the boldness of the watch, and our Machined Titanium case preserves the history of this truly exquisite piece. Powered by 19 jewels, this 406-grade timepiece is a modern-day treasure. Lastly, our Olive leather strap brings the whole piece together. This watch was originally produced in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year that the WBAP-AM had its 1st broadcast of the “Barn Dance Show” in Fort Worth, Texas. Just 10 days later, Ralph Peer recorded Fiddliní John Carsoní’s “Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane,” which was considered to be country music’s earliest hit. Plus, it proved that country music could sell and there was an audience and market for it!

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: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 4476570
  • Manufacture Year: 1923
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 19 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Springfield 473 unique: Today, we are proud to present this remarkable piece from the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 473. Originally manufactured in 1923 by the Illinois Watch Company, the Springfield 473 features a classic watch dial design, bold-type numbers, and a clear display case that reveals the intricate stainless steel gears with brass and gold-plated details. The speckled border on the dial accentuates the boldness of the watch, and our Machined Titanium case preserves the history of this truly exquisite piece. Powered by 19 jewels, this 406-grade timepiece is a modern-day treasure. Lastly, our Olive leather strap brings the whole piece together. This watch was originally produced in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year that the WBAP-AM had its 1st broadcast of the “Barn Dance Show” in Fort Worth, Texas. Just 10 days later, Ralph Peer recorded Fiddliní John Carsoní’s “Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane,” which was considered to be country music’s earliest hit. Plus, it proved that country music could sell and there was an audience and market for it!

The Movement

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The Strap

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