The Springfield 498 (47mm)
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The Springfield 498 (47mm)

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The Springfield 498 (47mm)
The Springfield 498 (47mm)
The Springfield 498 (47mm)
The Springfield 498 (47mm)
The Springfield 498 (47mm)
The Springfield 498 (47mm)
The Springfield 498 (47mm)
The Springfield 498 (47mm)
The Springfield 498 (47mm)
The Springfield 498 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 498 unique: Today, we’re happy to present you this breathtaking timepiece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 498. The pocket watch features an antique, rustic dial that reinforces the piece’s historicity. It boasts an aged, cream-colored background with gold-colored watch hands and numerals. We paired this piece of history with our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case, which draws further attention to the watch’s one-of-a-kind dial. We also paired it with a gold-plated crown that matches its numerals and hands. The back of the watch features an A. Lincoln-grade open-face movement that was originally adjusted to five positions, a going barrel, and a center bridge plate. The piece also boasts bronze-plated gears powered by 21 sumptuous jewels. To top it off, we matched the timepiece with our Mojave leather watch strap, making the antique piece look even more stunning. The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the Springfield 498’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1922 — the same year that Robert J. Flaherty created the groundbreaking documentary Nanook of the North. The film captures the daily life of an Inuit family in the Canadian Arctic. Although the film has received criticism for containing staged sequences, Nanook of the North is considered the first commercially successful feature-length documentary, and it was one of the first films that the Library of Congress preserved in the United States National Film Registry.

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: 4102173
  • Manufacture Year: 1922
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Springfield 498 unique: Today, we’re happy to present you this breathtaking timepiece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 498. The pocket watch features an antique, rustic dial that reinforces the piece’s historicity. It boasts an aged, cream-colored background with gold-colored watch hands and numerals. We paired this piece of history with our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case, which draws further attention to the watch’s one-of-a-kind dial. We also paired it with a gold-plated crown that matches its numerals and hands. The back of the watch features an A. Lincoln-grade open-face movement that was originally adjusted to five positions, a going barrel, and a center bridge plate. The piece also boasts bronze-plated gears powered by 21 sumptuous jewels. To top it off, we matched the timepiece with our Mojave leather watch strap, making the antique piece look even more stunning. The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the Springfield 498’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1922 — the same year that Robert J. Flaherty created the groundbreaking documentary Nanook of the North. The film captures the daily life of an Inuit family in the Canadian Arctic. Although the film has received criticism for containing staged sequences, Nanook of the North is considered the first commercially successful feature-length documentary, and it was one of the first films that the Library of Congress preserved in the United States National Film Registry.

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