The Springfield 487 (46mm)

The Springfield 487 (46mm)

The Springfield 487 (46mm)
The Springfield 487 (46mm)
The Springfield 487 (46mm)
The Springfield 487 (46mm)
The Springfield 487 (46mm)
The Springfield 487 (46mm)
The Springfield 487 (46mm)
The Springfield 487 (46mm)
The Springfield 487 (46mm)
The Springfield 487 (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 487 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to present to you this sumptuous watch that was initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company in 1911 — the Springfield 487. This remarkable watch features a breathtaking light-gray dial with stylized gold-colored numerals and an intricate center design. On the watch’s front, you can also view its useful subdial and gold-colored heavy moon watch hands. We emphasized the piece’s golden features by encasing it within our artisan-designed Gilded Titanium case, and we equipped it with a matching gold-plated crown. The back of the watch showcases a 273-grade open-face movement with a going barrel and train bridge plate, which you can view thanks to our case’s transparent back. You can also see additional remarkable features, such as the watch’s gold-plated gears and 17 jewels. To tie this antique piece together, we paired it with our hand-crafted and comfortable Olive leather watch strap, making this historic watch even more special and stylish.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the Springfield 487’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1911, which was the same year the United States military began using the M1911, also called the Colt 1911 and Colt Government. What makes this semi-automatic pistol special is that it’s highly practical and reliable with its short recoil system and ergonomic grip. John Browning invented this landmark fireman after the U.S. military began searching for a new sidearm standard. Before incorporating the M1911, U.S. troops used the Colt M1892. During the Philippine-American War, the military fought against Tausūg guerrillas in the jungles of the Philippines. They quickly learned that the .38-caliber Colt M1892 was insufficient against the guerrilla forces, and with many complaints about the firearm, the military began testing for a new standard. The .45 ACP M1911 trounced competing weapons and became the official U.S. military sidearm until it was replaced by 9mm Beretta M9 in 1985.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. Titanium has a darker look than steel, and due to its low thermal conductivity, feels warm to the touch. These characteristics create an enduring, highly wearable, distinctive piece.

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 2335560 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 Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  2335560
  • Manufacture Year:  1911
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21j
  • 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 487 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to present to you this sumptuous watch that was initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company in 1911 — the Springfield 487. This remarkable watch features a breathtaking light-gray dial with stylized gold-colored numerals and an intricate center design. On the watch’s front, you can also view its useful subdial and gold-colored heavy moon watch hands. We emphasized the piece’s golden features by encasing it within our artisan-designed Gilded Titanium case, and we equipped it with a matching gold-plated crown. The back of the watch showcases a 273-grade open-face movement with a going barrel and train bridge plate, which you can view thanks to our case’s transparent back. You can also see additional remarkable features, such as the watch’s gold-plated gears and 17 jewels. To tie this antique piece together, we paired it with our hand-crafted and comfortable Olive leather watch strap, making this historic watch even more special and stylish.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the Springfield 487’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1911, which was the same year the United States military began using the M1911, also called the Colt 1911 and Colt Government. What makes this semi-automatic pistol special is that it’s highly practical and reliable with its short recoil system and ergonomic grip. John Browning invented this landmark fireman after the U.S. military began searching for a new sidearm standard. Before incorporating the M1911, U.S. troops used the Colt M1892. During the Philippine-American War, the military fought against Tausūg guerrillas in the jungles of the Philippines. They quickly learned that the .38-caliber Colt M1892 was insufficient against the guerrilla forces, and with many complaints about the firearm, the military began testing for a new standard. The .45 ACP M1911 trounced competing weapons and became the official U.S. military sidearm until it was replaced by 9mm Beretta M9 in 1985.

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