The Springfield 528 (46mm)

The Springfield 528 (46mm)

The Springfield 528 (46mm)
The Springfield 528 (46mm)
The Springfield 528 (46mm)
The Springfield 528 (46mm)
The Springfield 528 (46mm)
The Springfield 528 (46mm)
The Springfield 528 (46mm)
The Springfield 528 (46mm)
The Springfield 528 (46mm)
The Springfield 528 (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 528 unique: Today, we’re delighted to showcase this splendid piece originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 528. This breathtaking timepiece boasts a stunning cream-colored dial with an intricate center pattern and stylish black numerals. The front of the watch also displays magnificent blued steel heavy moon watch hands. We encased this antique pocket watch within our Bronzed Titanium case and equipped it with a copper crown, complementing the watch’s unique colors and design. Our Bronzed Titanium case comes with a transparent back, enabling you to view the pocket watch’s stunning inner workings, including its 405-grade open-face movement with a center bridge plate and going barrel. You can also view the piece’s historic engravings, reading “Federal” and “Illinois Watch Co Springfield.” Finally, the back of the piece boasts rose gold-plated gears with 17 sumptuous jewels. We topped this one-of-a-kind watch off with our rugged and stylish Mojave leather watch strap, and we even added a solid bronze buckle, making the final piece even more special.

The Illinois Watch Company initially produced the Springfield 528’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year Hal Roach Studios released an important entry in the history of American cinema: Safety Last! Safety Last! features the daring stunts and physical comedy of famous silent actor Harold Lloyd. The film contains one of the most iconic scenes from the silent era of filmmaking: a sequence in which Lloyd dangles from the side of a skyscraper while holding onto a clock hand. Although the famous feat looks incredibly dangerous, the production company accomplished the stunt by creating a fake wall on top of a skyscraper, creating the illusion that Lloyd’s life was in jeopardy during the climax of the film. In 1994, the Library of Congress added the movie to the National Film Registry because of its aesthetic significance in the history of film.

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 4359899 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: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  4359899
  • Manufacture Year:  1923
  • 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 528 unique: Today, we’re delighted to showcase this splendid piece originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 528. This breathtaking timepiece boasts a stunning cream-colored dial with an intricate center pattern and stylish black numerals. The front of the watch also displays magnificent blued steel heavy moon watch hands. We encased this antique pocket watch within our Bronzed Titanium case and equipped it with a copper crown, complementing the watch’s unique colors and design. Our Bronzed Titanium case comes with a transparent back, enabling you to view the pocket watch’s stunning inner workings, including its 405-grade open-face movement with a center bridge plate and going barrel. You can also view the piece’s historic engravings, reading “Federal” and “Illinois Watch Co Springfield.” Finally, the back of the piece boasts rose gold-plated gears with 17 sumptuous jewels. We topped this one-of-a-kind watch off with our rugged and stylish Mojave leather watch strap, and we even added a solid bronze buckle, making the final piece even more special.

The Illinois Watch Company initially produced the Springfield 528’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year Hal Roach Studios released an important entry in the history of American cinema: Safety Last! Safety Last! features the daring stunts and physical comedy of famous silent actor Harold Lloyd. The film contains one of the most iconic scenes from the silent era of filmmaking: a sequence in which Lloyd dangles from the side of a skyscraper while holding onto a clock hand. Although the famous feat looks incredibly dangerous, the production company accomplished the stunt by creating a fake wall on top of a skyscraper, creating the illusion that Lloyd’s life was in jeopardy during the climax of the film. In 1994, the Library of Congress added the movie to the National Film Registry because of its aesthetic significance in the history of film.

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