The Springfield 494 (47mm)
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The Springfield 494 (47mm)

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The Springfield 494 (47mm)
The Springfield 494 (47mm)
The Springfield 494 (47mm)
The Springfield 494 (47mm)
The Springfield 494 (47mm)
The Springfield 494 (47mm)
The Springfield 494 (47mm)
The Springfield 494 (47mm)
The Springfield 494 (47mm)
The Springfield 494 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 494 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to showcase this breathtaking piece originally produced by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 494. The Springfield sports a classically-styled dial, including a spotted, cream-colored background and dark, elegant numerals. The dial also features a unique subdial surrounded by a sophisticated design. We encased this stunning pocket watch inside our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case, and we added a luxurious-looking gold-plated crown. The case and crown emphasize the watch’s dial and make the complete piece even more remarkable. The back of the watch features gorgeous bronze-colored engravings that reinforce its historical production, including the “Illinois Watch Co. Springfield” and the “Stanley” trade name. The piece also sports a 406-grade open-face movement with gold-plated gears powered by 19 opulent jewels. To tie the piece together, we paired the pocket watch with our one-of-a-kind Natural leather watch strap, which further adds to the watch’s antique style. The Illinois Watch Company initially manufactured the pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1926 — the same year that country and blues musician DeFord Bailey became the first African-American to perform on The Grand Ole Opry radio show in Nashville. DeFord Bailey was known for playing the harmonica and was even called the “harmonica wizard.” His music career spanned two decades, and although he isn’t a household name, his musical influence left a significant impact on the Nashville music industry. In 2005, he was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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: 4712593
  • Manufacture Year: 1926
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 19 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Springfield 494 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to showcase this breathtaking piece originally produced by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 494. The Springfield sports a classically-styled dial, including a spotted, cream-colored background and dark, elegant numerals. The dial also features a unique subdial surrounded by a sophisticated design. We encased this stunning pocket watch inside our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case, and we added a luxurious-looking gold-plated crown. The case and crown emphasize the watch’s dial and make the complete piece even more remarkable. The back of the watch features gorgeous bronze-colored engravings that reinforce its historical production, including the “Illinois Watch Co. Springfield” and the “Stanley” trade name. The piece also sports a 406-grade open-face movement with gold-plated gears powered by 19 opulent jewels. To tie the piece together, we paired the pocket watch with our one-of-a-kind Natural leather watch strap, which further adds to the watch’s antique style. The Illinois Watch Company initially manufactured the pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1926 — the same year that country and blues musician DeFord Bailey became the first African-American to perform on The Grand Ole Opry radio show in Nashville. DeFord Bailey was known for playing the harmonica and was even called the “harmonica wizard.” His music career spanned two decades, and although he isn’t a household name, his musical influence left a significant impact on the Nashville music industry. In 2005, he was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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