The Springfield 487 (47mm)
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The Springfield 487 (47mm)

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The Springfield 487 (47mm)
The Springfield 487 (47mm)
The Springfield 487 (47mm)
The Springfield 487 (47mm)
The Springfield 487 (47mm)
The Springfield 487 (47mm)
The Springfield 487 (47mm)
The Springfield 487 (47mm)
The Springfield 487 (47mm)
The Springfield 487 (47mm)

Watch Description

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.

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

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 2335560
  • Manufacture Year: 1911
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
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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