The Springfield 529 (47mm)
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The Springfield 529 (47mm)

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The Springfield 529 (47mm)
The Springfield 529 (47mm)
The Springfield 529 (47mm)
The Springfield 529 (47mm)
The Springfield 529 (47mm)
The Springfield 529 (47mm)
The Springfield 529 (47mm)
The Springfield 529 (47mm)
The Springfield 529 (47mm)
The Springfield 529 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 529 unique:  Today, we’re delighted to present to you this unforgettable antique piece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 529. This one-of-a-kind watch features a dial with a white background and stylish black markings that match its numerals. Additionally, the front of the piece has a uniquely textured cream-colored center as well as blue tinted diamond kite hands and matching subdial. We made the original pocket watch even more stunning by adding our own craftsmanship to the final product — our Bronzed Titanium case and nickel-plated crown. The gorgeous case and crown make the front of this already-breathtaking watch even more eye-catching. Our Bronzed Titanium case features a transparent back, enabling viewers to see the antique pocket watch’s original Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a stylish and fitting engraving that reads “The Autocrat.” You can also view the watch’s intricate bronze-plated gears and 17 jewels. To top off this 100% American-made watch, we added our comfortable, handcrafted Olive leather watch strap.

The Illinois Watch Company initially manufactured the Springfield 529’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year the United States opened the Lava Beds National Monument in northeastern California. The monument includes 46,000 acres of lava tubes and trails. Interestingly, before it became a national monument, the Lava Beds served as the location for the Modoc War. The conflict between the United States and the Modoc people ran from July 6, 1872 to June 4, 1873. It started when Modoc Chief Kintpuash, 52 warriors, and 150 other members of the Modoc people exited the Klamath Reservation. They occupied the Lava Beds and held off the United States Army until April 1873, when the US Army and Modocs met for a peace commission. Unfortunately, Kintpuash and other Modoc warriors killed General Edward Canby and Reverend Eleazar Thomas during the meeting, and the Army captured the Modoc people a few months after. Chief Kintpuash and three others were executed and the rest of the Modocs were held as prisoners of war until 1909.

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: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 4580273
  • Manufacture Year: 1925
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Springfield 529 unique:  Today, we’re delighted to present to you this unforgettable antique piece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 529. This one-of-a-kind watch features a dial with a white background and stylish black markings that match its numerals. Additionally, the front of the piece has a uniquely textured cream-colored center as well as blue tinted diamond kite hands and matching subdial. We made the original pocket watch even more stunning by adding our own craftsmanship to the final product — our Bronzed Titanium case and nickel-plated crown. The gorgeous case and crown make the front of this already-breathtaking watch even more eye-catching. Our Bronzed Titanium case features a transparent back, enabling viewers to see the antique pocket watch’s original Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a stylish and fitting engraving that reads “The Autocrat.” You can also view the watch’s intricate bronze-plated gears and 17 jewels. To top off this 100% American-made watch, we added our comfortable, handcrafted Olive leather watch strap.

The Illinois Watch Company initially manufactured the Springfield 529’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year the United States opened the Lava Beds National Monument in northeastern California. The monument includes 46,000 acres of lava tubes and trails. Interestingly, before it became a national monument, the Lava Beds served as the location for the Modoc War. The conflict between the United States and the Modoc people ran from July 6, 1872 to June 4, 1873. It started when Modoc Chief Kintpuash, 52 warriors, and 150 other members of the Modoc people exited the Klamath Reservation. They occupied the Lava Beds and held off the United States Army until April 1873, when the US Army and Modocs met for a peace commission. Unfortunately, Kintpuash and other Modoc warriors killed General Edward Canby and Reverend Eleazar Thomas during the meeting, and the Army captured the Modoc people a few months after. Chief Kintpuash and three others were executed and the rest of the Modocs were held as prisoners of war until 1909.

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