The Springfield 533 (47mm)
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The Springfield 533 (47mm)

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The Springfield 533 (47mm)
The Springfield 533 (47mm)
The Springfield 533 (47mm)
The Springfield 533 (47mm)
The Springfield 533 (47mm)
The Springfield 533 (47mm)
The Springfield 533 (47mm)
The Springfield 533 (47mm)
The Springfield 533 (47mm)
The Springfield 533 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 533 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to showcase this classic, sumptuous piece originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 533. The antique pocket watch’s dial boasts a stunning light-gold-colored background along with stylish numerals that feature a darker golden shade. It also features a blue subdial and blued-steel gothic watch hands. We complemented the dial’s luxurious-looking colors by encasing it within our stunning Machined Titanium case, and we topped it off with a nickel-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case features an open back, enabling you to view its Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a fitting bronze-colored engraving that reads “The Autocrat.” The piece also displays matching gold-plated gears and 17 jewels throughout its center bridge plate. Finally, we paired this remarkable watch with our hand-crafted Stout leather watch strap.

The Illinois Watch Company initially produced the Springfield 533’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year Nashville radio station WSM broadcast the first Grand Ole Opry program. George D. Hay started the broadcast with the intention of having it be a one-hour program featuring barn dance music. In fact, the program’s original name was WSM Barn Dance. The program was renamed to the Grand Ole Opry in 1927, but the new name started as somewhat of a joke. On December 27 of that year, NBC’s Music Appreciation Hour, which featured classical and grand opera music, preceded WSM Barn Dance. To introduce Barn Dance, George D. Hay said, “For the past hour, we have been listening to music largely from Grand Opera, but from now on, we will present ‘The Grand Ole Opry’,” marking the beginning of the name change.

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

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 4617752
  • Manufacture Year: 1925
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Springfield 533 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to showcase this classic, sumptuous piece originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 533. The antique pocket watch’s dial boasts a stunning light-gold-colored background along with stylish numerals that feature a darker golden shade. It also features a blue subdial and blued-steel gothic watch hands. We complemented the dial’s luxurious-looking colors by encasing it within our stunning Machined Titanium case, and we topped it off with a nickel-plated crown. Our Machined Titanium case features an open back, enabling you to view its Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a fitting bronze-colored engraving that reads “The Autocrat.” The piece also displays matching gold-plated gears and 17 jewels throughout its center bridge plate. Finally, we paired this remarkable watch with our hand-crafted Stout leather watch strap.

The Illinois Watch Company initially produced the Springfield 533’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year Nashville radio station WSM broadcast the first Grand Ole Opry program. George D. Hay started the broadcast with the intention of having it be a one-hour program featuring barn dance music. In fact, the program’s original name was WSM Barn Dance. The program was renamed to the Grand Ole Opry in 1927, but the new name started as somewhat of a joke. On December 27 of that year, NBC’s Music Appreciation Hour, which featured classical and grand opera music, preceded WSM Barn Dance. To introduce Barn Dance, George D. Hay said, “For the past hour, we have been listening to music largely from Grand Opera, but from now on, we will present ‘The Grand Ole Opry’,” marking the beginning of the name change.

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