The Springfield 499 (47mm)
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The Springfield 499 (47mm)

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The Springfield 499 (47mm)
The Springfield 499 (47mm)
The Springfield 499 (47mm)
The Springfield 499 (47mm)
The Springfield 499 (47mm)
The Springfield 499 (47mm)
The Springfield 499 (47mm)
The Springfield 499 (47mm)
The Springfield 499 (47mm)
The Springfield 499 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 499 unique: Today, we're thrilled to showcase this opulent-looking piece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 499. This timepiece boasts a unique dial with a cushion-shaped outline design and remarkably stylized numerals. The front of the watch also features a distinct subdial and gold-colored diamond kite watch hands atop its grayish-cream background. We paired this sumptuous pocket watch with a solid bronze case and gold-plated crown, emphasizing its lavish design. The bronze case features an open back revealing the pocket watch's 274-grade open-face movement with a going barrel and reed regulator. The piece also displays a "Capital" engraving with a Serif signing style. You can also view the watch's bronze-plated gears powered by 21 jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we paired the watch with our stylish and comfortable Olive leather watch strap. The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1926 — the same year that the Radio Corporation of America created the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Although NBC is now known for its television network, it began as a radio broadcast. In 1929, NBC created its distinct three-note chime that they still use today. Many speculate that the song uses the notes "G-E-C" to stand for the General Electric Company, NBC's parent company until 2013.

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 Bronze
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 4740101
  • Manufacture Year: 1926
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Springfield 499 unique: Today, we're thrilled to showcase this opulent-looking piece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 499. This timepiece boasts a unique dial with a cushion-shaped outline design and remarkably stylized numerals. The front of the watch also features a distinct subdial and gold-colored diamond kite watch hands atop its grayish-cream background. We paired this sumptuous pocket watch with a solid bronze case and gold-plated crown, emphasizing its lavish design. The bronze case features an open back revealing the pocket watch's 274-grade open-face movement with a going barrel and reed regulator. The piece also displays a "Capital" engraving with a Serif signing style. You can also view the watch's bronze-plated gears powered by 21 jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we paired the watch with our stylish and comfortable Olive leather watch strap. The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1926 — the same year that the Radio Corporation of America created the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Although NBC is now known for its television network, it began as a radio broadcast. In 1929, NBC created its distinct three-note chime that they still use today. Many speculate that the song uses the notes "G-E-C" to stand for the General Electric Company, NBC's parent company until 2013.

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