Watch DescriptionWhat makes the Springfield 481 unique: We are excited to present this gorgeous piece originally built in 1927 by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 481. This watch features a light, cream-colored dial with rustic numerals and minute indicators. The Illinois Watch Company excellently designed the dial with “Illinois” centered just below the 12. A circular ring with intricate patterns extends from “Illinois” and reaches the subdial, and the hour-hand contrasts the dark minute-hand with gold plating. We crafted a wristwatch out of the original pocket watch by encompassing it in our signature DLC black case, which is scratch-resistant. The back of the watch features 405-grade, open-face movement, and the piece sports a nickel finish and pendant setting. The watch’s clear display case reveals its power and beauty with gold-plated gears and 17 jewels. We paired Springfield’s original creation with our Rye leather watch strap and gold-plated buckle to match the dial’s golden details. The Illinois Watch Company created the original piece in 1927 — the same year that the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game outside of Chicago. Abe Saperstein founded the iconic team in 1926, which led to groundbreaking contributions to basketball. The team popularized the “slam dunk,” and they laid the foundation for more people of color being accepted in professional sports after they won the World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1940. They played their first game outside of Chicago in Hinckley, Illinois, 177 miles north of Springfield.
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: DLC Titanium
- Crown/Hardware: Copper
- Water Resistance: 1 ATM
- Crystals: Sapphire
- Case Back: Stainless Steel
- Strap: Leather
- Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
- Serial Number: 4944633
- Manufacture Year: 1927
- Function: Manual Wind
- Jewels: 17 Jewels
- Hands: Original
- Size: 12s
- Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
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I love this smaller size Vortic Watch to add to my collection! I am thrilled to have the first batch of The Victory Watch series. Not only does the watch history, of each watch, interest me but now we have the history behind The Victory Watch series. See the Vortic Website for details!
Very happy w/ Military Wach! … It is a large watch but sits well on your wrist and frankly “is just really neat”! My father was in Army Air Corp in WWII, not a pilot, but was a maintenance / mechanic for B-29 bombers serving on Tinian & Saipan while the US bombed Japan. Great customer service from Vortic and great product.
I am blown away with how gorgeous this watch is. I've seen some Vortic watches at the Watch and Clock Museum, but it still didn't prepare me for what it was like to hold it in my hand. As I have a smaller wrist, I thought it may be too heavy or too large for me, but it wears smaller than you would expect and weighs less than my daily stainless diver with bracelet. They do an amazing job with these. I couldn't be more excited.
I love wearing my Elgin Chicago. Everyone ask about it and I love telling the story of the life of the time piece.
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!
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.