The Springfield 534 (46mm)

The Springfield 534 (46mm)

The Springfield 534 (46mm)
The Springfield 534 (46mm)
The Springfield 534 (46mm)
The Springfield 534 (46mm)
The Springfield 534 (46mm)
The Springfield 534 (46mm)
The Springfield 534 (46mm)
The Springfield 534 (46mm)
The Springfield 534 (46mm)
The Springfield 534 (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 534 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this sumptuous piece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 534. The product’s antique pocket watch features a sophisticated center design pattern and dirty-gold-colored numerals that look breathtaking against its cream-colored background. The front of the watch also features a glimmering subdial and blued steel diamond kite watch hands. We encased this elegant pocket watch within our robust and stylish Sandblasted Titanium case and topped it off with a nickel-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can view its 405-grade open-face movement with a going barrel and center bridge plate. The rear side of the watch also displays strong and visually-pleasing gold-plated gears and 17 screw-set jewels. Finally, we matched this remarkable watch with our Stout leather watch strap, adding even more style to the final product.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the Springfield 534’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year Tom Lee famously rescued 32 passengers from a sinking sternwheel steamboat, M.E. Norman. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operated the M.E. Norman and launched the steamboat in 1924. The boat capsized in the Mississippi River for unknown reasons only a year later. Tom Lee, a river worker, was returning to shore on a motorboat when he noticed the ill-fated steamboat sinking. Although Lee couldn’t swim, he immediately began rescuing passengers from the steamboat by transporting them to shore on his motorboat. He worked tirelessly long through the night to rescue as many of the boat’s occupants as possible. Tragically, 23 crew members and passengers drowned, but far more lives would have been lost if Tom Lee hadn’t taken it upon himself to rescue as many people as possible. Tom Lee passed away from cancer in 1952, but his memory is honored by Tom Lee Park in Memphis, Tennessee, which overlooks the Mississippi River. The park features a memorial plaque describing Lee’s heroic actions, and it features a bronze statue in his likeness.

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 4672645 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: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  4672645
  • 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 534 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this sumptuous piece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 534. The product’s antique pocket watch features a sophisticated center design pattern and dirty-gold-colored numerals that look breathtaking against its cream-colored background. The front of the watch also features a glimmering subdial and blued steel diamond kite watch hands. We encased this elegant pocket watch within our robust and stylish Sandblasted Titanium case and topped it off with a nickel-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can view its 405-grade open-face movement with a going barrel and center bridge plate. The rear side of the watch also displays strong and visually-pleasing gold-plated gears and 17 screw-set jewels. Finally, we matched this remarkable watch with our Stout leather watch strap, adding even more style to the final product.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the Springfield 534’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year Tom Lee famously rescued 32 passengers from a sinking sternwheel steamboat, M.E. Norman. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operated the M.E. Norman and launched the steamboat in 1924. The boat capsized in the Mississippi River for unknown reasons only a year later. Tom Lee, a river worker, was returning to shore on a motorboat when he noticed the ill-fated steamboat sinking. Although Lee couldn’t swim, he immediately began rescuing passengers from the steamboat by transporting them to shore on his motorboat. He worked tirelessly long through the night to rescue as many of the boat’s occupants as possible. Tragically, 23 crew members and passengers drowned, but far more lives would have been lost if Tom Lee hadn’t taken it upon himself to rescue as many people as possible. Tom Lee passed away from cancer in 1952, but his memory is honored by Tom Lee Park in Memphis, Tennessee, which overlooks the Mississippi River. The park features a memorial plaque describing Lee’s heroic actions, and it features a bronze statue in his likeness.

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