The Springfield 549 (47mm)
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The Springfield 549 (47mm)

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The Springfield 549 (47mm)
The Springfield 549 (47mm)
The Springfield 549 (47mm)
The Springfield 549 (47mm)
The Springfield 549 (47mm)
The Springfield 549 (47mm)
The Springfield 549 (47mm)
The Springfield 549 (47mm)
The Springfield 549 (47mm)
The Springfield 549 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 549 unique: We’re pleased to present to you this remarkable wristwatch originally created by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 549. This stunning watch features a sleek dial with black numerals that reside handsomely atop its spotless, white background. The front of this unforgettable watch also displays a helpful subdial and blued steel gothic watch hands. We encased the pocket watch within our robust Sandblasted Titanium case and topped it off with a nickel-plated crown, adding even more style to this straightforward yet elegant piece of history. The rear side of the watch boasts a 405-grade open-face movement with a Going barrel, pendant setting, and nickel finish. You can also see the pocket watch’s powerful gold-plated gears and 17 jewels throughout its center bridge plate. Finally, we complemented the watch with our breathtaking and comfortable Cordovan Black leather watch strap, tying together the watch’s graceful style.

The Illinois Watch Company initially released this pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year that President Warren G. Harding passed away from a heart attack while in office. Harding made history by becoming the first sitting senator (R-OH) to be elected president, but his reputation after his death was primarily tarnished due to various scandals, including corruption allegations and charges against his appointed cabinet members and infidelity. One such affair was with his Nan Britton, who birthed Harding’s illegitimate daughter, Elizabeth, two years before he took office.

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: 4266453
  • Manufacture Year: 1923
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Springfield 549 unique: We’re pleased to present to you this remarkable wristwatch originally created by the Illinois Watch Company nearly a century ago — the Springfield 549. This stunning watch features a sleek dial with black numerals that reside handsomely atop its spotless, white background. The front of this unforgettable watch also displays a helpful subdial and blued steel gothic watch hands. We encased the pocket watch within our robust Sandblasted Titanium case and topped it off with a nickel-plated crown, adding even more style to this straightforward yet elegant piece of history. The rear side of the watch boasts a 405-grade open-face movement with a Going barrel, pendant setting, and nickel finish. You can also see the pocket watch’s powerful gold-plated gears and 17 jewels throughout its center bridge plate. Finally, we complemented the watch with our breathtaking and comfortable Cordovan Black leather watch strap, tying together the watch’s graceful style.

The Illinois Watch Company initially released this pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year that President Warren G. Harding passed away from a heart attack while in office. Harding made history by becoming the first sitting senator (R-OH) to be elected president, but his reputation after his death was primarily tarnished due to various scandals, including corruption allegations and charges against his appointed cabinet members and infidelity. One such affair was with his Nan Britton, who birthed Harding’s illegitimate daughter, Elizabeth, two years before he took office.

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