The Springfield 523 (46mm)

The Springfield 523 (46mm)

The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (46mm)
The Springfield 523 (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 523 unique: Today, we’re excited to bring you an incredible piece of history initially manufactured in 1906 by Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 523. This remarkable watch features blue spade hands, strikingly contrasting the timepiece’s crisp white face and bold, black numerals. The face of this watch also features a unique subdial with an independent second hand, and we have elegantly encased the original movement with our robust machined titanium case and nickel-plated crown. As you turn the timepiece over, you can see the watch’s inner workings through the case’s clear back. This watch features a 255-grade open-face movement with a going barrel. In addition to its intricate inner workings, the timepiece also features a ¾ plate with 17 stunning jewels and an engraving that reads, “Illinois Watch Co. Springfield.” We paired this one-of-a-kind watch with our black watch strap, complementing the contrasting color of the numerals of the watch face.

On April 18, 1906, the same year this watch was produced in Illinois, the infamous Great San Francisco earthquake rocked the west coast of America. The massive earthquake ranked at 7.8 on the Richter Scale and caused subsequent fires that resulted in the destruction of 75% of the city and caused nearly 4,000 deaths. Since that earthquake in 1906, San Francisco has endured seven more significant earthquakes ranked higher than 5.0 on the Richter Scale. Although earthquakes always cause destruction, architectural innovations have changed how people build on fault lines to minimize damage.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. 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 1862674 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: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  1862674
  • Manufacture Year:  1906
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • 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 523 unique: Today, we’re excited to bring you an incredible piece of history initially manufactured in 1906 by Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 523. This remarkable watch features blue spade hands, strikingly contrasting the timepiece’s crisp white face and bold, black numerals. The face of this watch also features a unique subdial with an independent second hand, and we have elegantly encased the original movement with our robust machined titanium case and nickel-plated crown. As you turn the timepiece over, you can see the watch’s inner workings through the case’s clear back. This watch features a 255-grade open-face movement with a going barrel. In addition to its intricate inner workings, the timepiece also features a ¾ plate with 17 stunning jewels and an engraving that reads, “Illinois Watch Co. Springfield.” We paired this one-of-a-kind watch with our black watch strap, complementing the contrasting color of the numerals of the watch face.

On April 18, 1906, the same year this watch was produced in Illinois, the infamous Great San Francisco earthquake rocked the west coast of America. The massive earthquake ranked at 7.8 on the Richter Scale and caused subsequent fires that resulted in the destruction of 75% of the city and caused nearly 4,000 deaths. Since that earthquake in 1906, San Francisco has endured seven more significant earthquakes ranked higher than 5.0 on the Richter Scale. Although earthquakes always cause destruction, architectural innovations have changed how people build on fault lines to minimize damage.

Quality Straps

View Strap Options

Mission

Learn More About Vortic
Two men walking side by side through a leather curing facility.

American Made

Learn More About The American Artisan Series

Buy Now, Pay Later withAffirm Logo

0% APR for 6 Months