The Springfield 527 (46mm)

The Springfield 527 (46mm)

The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (46mm)
The Springfield 527 (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 527 unique: Today, we have an incredible piece of timekeeping history to share with you that was initially manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in 1925 — the Springfield 527. The elegant face of this striking watch features an intricate gold inlay accompanied by eye-catching golden numerals. In addition to the elegant inlay, this unique piece also features glimmering, golden diamond-kite-shaped hands on both the main display and subdial. We have paired this stunning antique movement with our robust machined titanium case to let the antique beauty of this piece shine. As you turn the watch over, you can view the elaborate inner workings of this timepiece’s movement through our case’s proprietary clear back. The autocrat-grade movement of this watch features a breathtaking machined bridge plate and gorgeous gold and bronze plated gears that draw one’s attention to the intricacies of this piece. The movement of this watch also features a dazzling gilded inscription that reads, “The Autocrat.” To complement the watch’s luxurious gold tones, we have paired the movement with our comfortable olive leather strap.

When this watch was originally produced in Elgin, Illinois, in 1925, the first run of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, was published. Many believed that Fitzgerald’s tale of raucous jazz-age parties and tragedy did not live up to Fitzgerald’s earlier works after its release. Still, the novel gained massive popularity during WWII when the Council on Books in Wartime distributed the book for free. Director Baz Luhrman reimagined The Great Gatsby in the 2013 movie by the same name, and the film featured Leonardo Di Caprio in the leading role of Gatsby.

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 4586812 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: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  4586812
  • Manufacture Year:  1925
  • 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 527 unique: Today, we have an incredible piece of timekeeping history to share with you that was initially manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in 1925 — the Springfield 527. The elegant face of this striking watch features an intricate gold inlay accompanied by eye-catching golden numerals. In addition to the elegant inlay, this unique piece also features glimmering, golden diamond-kite-shaped hands on both the main display and subdial. We have paired this stunning antique movement with our robust machined titanium case to let the antique beauty of this piece shine. As you turn the watch over, you can view the elaborate inner workings of this timepiece’s movement through our case’s proprietary clear back. The autocrat-grade movement of this watch features a breathtaking machined bridge plate and gorgeous gold and bronze plated gears that draw one’s attention to the intricacies of this piece. The movement of this watch also features a dazzling gilded inscription that reads, “The Autocrat.” To complement the watch’s luxurious gold tones, we have paired the movement with our comfortable olive leather strap.

When this watch was originally produced in Elgin, Illinois, in 1925, the first run of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, was published. Many believed that Fitzgerald’s tale of raucous jazz-age parties and tragedy did not live up to Fitzgerald’s earlier works after its release. Still, the novel gained massive popularity during WWII when the Council on Books in Wartime distributed the book for free. Director Baz Luhrman reimagined The Great Gatsby in the 2013 movie by the same name, and the film featured Leonardo Di Caprio in the leading role of Gatsby.

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