The Springfield 530 (46mm)

The Springfield 530 (46mm)

The Springfield 530 (46mm)
The Springfield 530 (46mm)
The Springfield 530 (46mm)
The Springfield 530 (46mm)
The Springfield 530 (46mm)
The Springfield 530 (46mm)
The Springfield 530 (46mm)
The Springfield 530 (46mm)
The Springfield 530 (46mm)
The Springfield 530 (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 530 unique: Today, we are thrilled to showcase this brilliant watch, initially created by the Illinois Watch Company in 1929 — the Springfield 530. This piece is in pristine condition, encased by machined titanium and a beautiful tan leather strap. On the watch face, you’ll see beautifully curved numbers and a cobalt hand against a stark white background. On the center of the face, the private label is artfully inscribed: “Santa Fe Special.” This watch was named after the Santa Fe Railroad and is the little brother 12-size version of the Railroad Grade 16 size watch that was one of the highest quality watches that Illinois made. This watch is pendent set, so technically wouldn't be considered Railroad Grade, however, it is the closest thing to it in the 12-size. Moving to the back of the watch, you can peer through the clear display case and see the delicate gears and machined bridge plate, working together to make this piece shine. With 279-grade movement, this watch boasts 21 jewels and a beautiful golden inscription on the bridge plate, reminding the wearer that this watch is a “Santa Fe Special.”

This watch was originally manufactured in Springfield, Illinois, in 1929 — the same year when New York’s Museum of Modern Art was created. According to the Founding Director Alfred H. Barr. Jr., MoMA was built to provide New York with “the greatest museum of modern art in the world.” A decade later, in 1939, the museum was able to open its door and welcome New Yorkers and visitors alike to experience modern art at a whole new level. From its initial gift of just eight prints and one drawing, the MoMA proudly houses approximately 200,000 works of art today.

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 5261253 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:  5261253
  • Manufacture Year:  1929
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21j
  • 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 530 unique: Today, we are thrilled to showcase this brilliant watch, initially created by the Illinois Watch Company in 1929 — the Springfield 530. This piece is in pristine condition, encased by machined titanium and a beautiful tan leather strap. On the watch face, you’ll see beautifully curved numbers and a cobalt hand against a stark white background. On the center of the face, the private label is artfully inscribed: “Santa Fe Special.” This watch was named after the Santa Fe Railroad and is the little brother 12-size version of the Railroad Grade 16 size watch that was one of the highest quality watches that Illinois made. This watch is pendent set, so technically wouldn't be considered Railroad Grade, however, it is the closest thing to it in the 12-size. Moving to the back of the watch, you can peer through the clear display case and see the delicate gears and machined bridge plate, working together to make this piece shine. With 279-grade movement, this watch boasts 21 jewels and a beautiful golden inscription on the bridge plate, reminding the wearer that this watch is a “Santa Fe Special.”

This watch was originally manufactured in Springfield, Illinois, in 1929 — the same year when New York’s Museum of Modern Art was created. According to the Founding Director Alfred H. Barr. Jr., MoMA was built to provide New York with “the greatest museum of modern art in the world.” A decade later, in 1939, the museum was able to open its door and welcome New Yorkers and visitors alike to experience modern art at a whole new level. From its initial gift of just eight prints and one drawing, the MoMA proudly houses approximately 200,000 works of art today.

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