The Springfield 518 (47mm)
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The Springfield 518 (47mm)

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The Springfield 518 (47mm)
The Springfield 518 (47mm)
The Springfield 518 (47mm)
The Springfield 518 (47mm)
The Springfield 518 (47mm)
The Springfield 518 (47mm)
The Springfield 518 (47mm)
The Springfield 518 (47mm)
The Springfield 518 (47mm)
The Springfield 518 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 518 unique: Today we are proud to release this wonderful timepiece from the Illinois Watch Company, our Springfield 518. We love the classic look of this unique dial, paired with the dark tones of our gunmetal titanium case. The open-kite hands have been darkened to stand out nicely along with the bold, dark numerals. We chose a copper-plated crown and hardware to add a touch of color and match the rye strap. The movement inside this 1923 watch is the 274 grade from Illinois, complete with 21 spectacular jewels. The large 3/4 build plate has been carefully machined to display these wonderful Geneva lines that cover the entirety of the surface. We can't take our eyes off all the precious metal accents, with brass hardware throughout, as well as gold-plated gears beneath and a brass balance wheel.

In 1922, a year before this watch was originally produced, the premiere of the first Women’s World Games took place in Paris and an international interest in women’s sports was emerging. In 1923, New Jersey hosted the very first women’s outdoor track and field championship. The meet was held on September 29th at Weequahic Park and consisted of 11 total events. It was seen as a huge success and helped to promote more women’s sporting events to come.

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: Gunmetal Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 4331159
  • Manufacture Year: 1923
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Springfield 518 unique: Today we are proud to release this wonderful timepiece from the Illinois Watch Company, our Springfield 518. We love the classic look of this unique dial, paired with the dark tones of our gunmetal titanium case. The open-kite hands have been darkened to stand out nicely along with the bold, dark numerals. We chose a copper-plated crown and hardware to add a touch of color and match the rye strap. The movement inside this 1923 watch is the 274 grade from Illinois, complete with 21 spectacular jewels. The large 3/4 build plate has been carefully machined to display these wonderful Geneva lines that cover the entirety of the surface. We can't take our eyes off all the precious metal accents, with brass hardware throughout, as well as gold-plated gears beneath and a brass balance wheel.

In 1922, a year before this watch was originally produced, the premiere of the first Women’s World Games took place in Paris and an international interest in women’s sports was emerging. In 1923, New Jersey hosted the very first women’s outdoor track and field championship. The meet was held on September 29th at Weequahic Park and consisted of 11 total events. It was seen as a huge success and helped to promote more women’s sporting events to come.

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