The Springfield 513 (46mm)

The Springfield 513 (46mm)

The Springfield 513 (46mm)
The Springfield 513 (46mm)
The Springfield 513 (46mm)
The Springfield 513 (46mm)
The Springfield 513 (46mm)
The Springfield 513 (46mm)
The Springfield 513 (46mm)
The Springfield 513 (46mm)
The Springfield 513 (46mm)
The Springfield 513 (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 513 unique: Today we are pleased to present to you this spectacular piece from the Illinois Watch Company, our Springfield 513. Each and every watch that we produce is one-of-a-kind and has its own unique story to tell from years of use and different watchmakers opening it up to service it. This watch grabbed our attention immediately when we saw this fantastic dial, with an incredible look from years of use. This watch will pull you in with its attention to detail, as you explore each different portion of the face and all of the finer details. We decided to use our soft-spoken sandblasted titanium case, to let the older portions of the watch stand out on their own. A gold crown and hardware pair well with the yellow tones on the dial, while these blued-steel full moon hands top it off. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement inside we are pulled in for a closer look by this incredible sunburst design that has been carefully machined into the build plate. Copper inlay as well as rose-gold plated gears jump out and bring attention to all of the incredible craftsmanship of this watch. 21 amazing jewels and brass hardware add to the sophisticated design that we have come to expect from the Santa Fe Special model. This watch was originally produced by the Illinois Watch Company in 1922 in Springfield, Illinois. On April 13th of this same year, the state of Massachusetts voted to open up all public offices to both men and women. The very next year, Susan Fitzgerald and Sylvia Donaldson become the first women elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

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 4126905 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: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  4126905
  • Manufacture Year:  1922
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21j
  • 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 513 unique: Today we are pleased to present to you this spectacular piece from the Illinois Watch Company, our Springfield 513. Each and every watch that we produce is one-of-a-kind and has its own unique story to tell from years of use and different watchmakers opening it up to service it. This watch grabbed our attention immediately when we saw this fantastic dial, with an incredible look from years of use. This watch will pull you in with its attention to detail, as you explore each different portion of the face and all of the finer details. We decided to use our soft-spoken sandblasted titanium case, to let the older portions of the watch stand out on their own. A gold crown and hardware pair well with the yellow tones on the dial, while these blued-steel full moon hands top it off. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement inside we are pulled in for a closer look by this incredible sunburst design that has been carefully machined into the build plate. Copper inlay as well as rose-gold plated gears jump out and bring attention to all of the incredible craftsmanship of this watch. 21 amazing jewels and brass hardware add to the sophisticated design that we have come to expect from the Santa Fe Special model. This watch was originally produced by the Illinois Watch Company in 1922 in Springfield, Illinois. On April 13th of this same year, the state of Massachusetts voted to open up all public offices to both men and women. The very next year, Susan Fitzgerald and Sylvia Donaldson become the first women elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

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