The Springfield 488 (46mm)

The Springfield 488 (46mm)

The Springfield 488 (46mm)
The Springfield 488 (46mm)
The Springfield 488 (46mm)
The Springfield 488 (46mm)
The Springfield 488 (46mm)
The Springfield 488 (46mm)
The Springfield 488 (46mm)
The Springfield 488 (46mm)
The Springfield 488 (46mm)
The Springfield 488 (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 488 unique: Today, we’re excited to showcase this exceptional piece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company in 1920 — the Springfield 488. Originally manufactured in Springfield, this watch features an immaculate, white background along with classically-styled black numerals. The hueless background and numerals emphasize its stunning and unique navy hour and minute hands. We matched the dial’s style with our robust and pristine Diamond-like coating (DLC) case along with a nickel-plated crown. The case’s dark shade and shining crown pair perfectly with the dial’s straightforward and sophisticated design. We continued emphasizing the watch’s elegance by equipping the piece with our Cordovan Black leather watch strap, adding both comfort and beauty. On the back of the watch, you can see the timepiece’s complex and breathtaking inner workings, including rose-gold plated gears and 17 remarkable jewels. The watch has an open-face movement configuration with a nickel finish and pendant setting, and it also sports a center bridge plate. The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1920 — the same year that Prohibition went into effect in the United States. The ban on alcohol began on January 17, 1920, with the Eighteenth Amendment, and it persisted until December 1933, when the Twenty-first Amendment repealed the anti-alcohol amendment. The Twenty-first Amendment is the only U.S. amendment in history that repealed a previously instituted amendment.

Case Style:Machined Titanium cases have been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. A DLC or "Diamond Like Carbon" coating is then applied to the case to create a uniquely black finish. While in the family of PVD coatings, DLC provides a small amount of transparency that allows us to see machine marks and surface detail while still appearing black. This coating is extremely durable and represents the best we have to offer.

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 3713559 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 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: DLC Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3713559
  • Manufacture Year:  1920
  • 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 488 unique: Today, we’re excited to showcase this exceptional piece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company in 1920 — the Springfield 488. Originally manufactured in Springfield, this watch features an immaculate, white background along with classically-styled black numerals. The hueless background and numerals emphasize its stunning and unique navy hour and minute hands. We matched the dial’s style with our robust and pristine Diamond-like coating (DLC) case along with a nickel-plated crown. The case’s dark shade and shining crown pair perfectly with the dial’s straightforward and sophisticated design. We continued emphasizing the watch’s elegance by equipping the piece with our Cordovan Black leather watch strap, adding both comfort and beauty. On the back of the watch, you can see the timepiece’s complex and breathtaking inner workings, including rose-gold plated gears and 17 remarkable jewels. The watch has an open-face movement configuration with a nickel finish and pendant setting, and it also sports a center bridge plate. The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1920 — the same year that Prohibition went into effect in the United States. The ban on alcohol began on January 17, 1920, with the Eighteenth Amendment, and it persisted until December 1933, when the Twenty-first Amendment repealed the anti-alcohol amendment. The Twenty-first Amendment is the only U.S. amendment in history that repealed a previously instituted amendment.

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