Watch DescriptionWhat makes the Springfield 491 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this exquisite piece initially manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in 1922 — the Springfield 491. The watch sports an antique dial with splendid golden details. The dial boasts gold-colored minute and hour hands that match its stylized golden numerals, and the dial also features golden circles along its outer edge. We paired the pocket watch with our PVD Zircon Gold case and equipped it with a gold-plated crown. Our PVD Zircon Gold case features an open back that reveals the watch’s impressive inner workings. The watch boasts a 405-grade open-face movement with a center bridge plate, bronze-plated gears, and 17 jewels. The watch’s back also features a breathtaking inlaid engraving that reads “The Autocrat,” which is a fitting description for this luxurious, one-of-a-kind piece. To top it off, we equipped the watch with our stylish Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap, which pairs perfectly with the watch’s golden features. The Illinois Watch Company originally produced this piece in Springfield, Illinois, in 1922 — the same year that the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington D.C.’s National Mall. Congress introduced the bill approving the memorial’s construction in 1910, and President William H. Taft served as the head of the Lincoln Memorial Commission. The memorial’s designer, Henry Bacon, stylized the building after a Greek Doric temple, and builders crafted the memorial’s exterior out of Yule Marble from the West Elk Mountains of Colorado.
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: Machined Titanium
- Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
- Water Resistance: 1 ATM
- Crystals: Sapphire
- Case Back: Stainless Steel
- Strap: Leather
- Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
- Serial Number: 4152203
- Manufacture Year: 1922
- Function: Manual Wind
- Jewels: 17 Jewels
- Hands: Original
- Size: 12s
- Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
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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!
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I have many high end watches, and this is one of the best watches. so much history, very unique and very well made. catches everyone eye.
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This is my second Vortic and as a watch a collector I have Zenith's, Panerai's, Tudor's, Breitlings, Glasshuette and this is now my favorite watch. To be honest, I am blown away with Vortic's watches and the high end luxury brands do not compare to the craftsmanship and uniqueness of these watches. Vortic is creating a new category of watches in the luxury watch space - small batch, handcrafted, American made! You don't have to like it, you have to love it! This is the type of product where you can feel the love that went into making it.
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.