The Springfield 489 (46mm)

The Springfield 489 (46mm)

The Springfield 489 (46mm)
The Springfield 489 (46mm)
The Springfield 489 (46mm)
The Springfield 489 (46mm)
The Springfield 489 (46mm)
The Springfield 489 (46mm)
The Springfield 489 (46mm)
The Springfield 489 (46mm)
The Springfield 489 (46mm)
The Springfield 489 (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 489 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this beauty originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 489. The Springfield is almost one hundred years old, and it proudly exudes its historic style through its sophisticated dial. It features an antique, cream-colored background along with dark, bold numerals. The dial also features an elegantly-designed center pattern and greenish-blue hour and minute hands. We equipped this marvelous piece with our scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case along with a nickel-colored crown. The glimmering case and crown emphasize the dial’s antique, rustic style. The back of the watch boasts bronze-plated gears powered by 19 jewels atop its center bridge plate, and the watch also sports a 406-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. This watch was originally adjusted for three positions, however, we have now adjusted it to six total positions for the highest timekeeping accuracy. Finally, we added even more style to this one-of-a-kind piece by pairing it with our Rye leather watch strap. The Illinois Watch Company initially manufactured this piece in 1923 — the same year that Time Magazine released its first issue. Briton Hadden and Henry Luce started the publication in New York City, and they originally intended to call the magazine “Facts.” They changed the name to Time and created an accompanying slogan, “Take Time — It’s Brief.” The first cover featured the 35th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Joseph Gurney Cannon. Since the first issue of Time, the magazine has featured a variety of political figures on the cover. President Richard Nixon holds the record of appearing the most times with 55 covers.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. We use pressurized, fine glass beads in a sandblasting chamber to soften the edges and make the finish uniform. 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 4293271 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: Sandblasted 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:  4293271
  • Manufacture Year:  1923
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 19j
  • 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 489 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this beauty originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 489. The Springfield is almost one hundred years old, and it proudly exudes its historic style through its sophisticated dial. It features an antique, cream-colored background along with dark, bold numerals. The dial also features an elegantly-designed center pattern and greenish-blue hour and minute hands. We equipped this marvelous piece with our scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case along with a nickel-colored crown. The glimmering case and crown emphasize the dial’s antique, rustic style. The back of the watch boasts bronze-plated gears powered by 19 jewels atop its center bridge plate, and the watch also sports a 406-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. This watch was originally adjusted for three positions, however, we have now adjusted it to six total positions for the highest timekeeping accuracy. Finally, we added even more style to this one-of-a-kind piece by pairing it with our Rye leather watch strap. The Illinois Watch Company initially manufactured this piece in 1923 — the same year that Time Magazine released its first issue. Briton Hadden and Henry Luce started the publication in New York City, and they originally intended to call the magazine “Facts.” They changed the name to Time and created an accompanying slogan, “Take Time — It’s Brief.” The first cover featured the 35th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Joseph Gurney Cannon. Since the first issue of Time, the magazine has featured a variety of political figures on the cover. President Richard Nixon holds the record of appearing the most times with 55 covers.

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