The Springfield 551 (47mm)
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The Springfield 551 (47mm)

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The Springfield 551 (47mm)
The Springfield 551 (47mm)
The Springfield 551 (47mm)
The Springfield 551 (47mm)
The Springfield 551 (47mm)
The Springfield 551 (47mm)
The Springfield 551 (47mm)
The Springfield 551 (47mm)
The Springfield 551 (47mm)
The Springfield 551 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 551 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to showcase this eye-catching and luxurious watch that features a pocket watch movement originally designed by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 551. The front of this stunning watch features a cream-colored dial with a center design pattern that boats an intricate gilt outline. The dial also displays additional remarkable details, including its uniquely-stylized black numerals, an eye-catching subdial, and blued steel diamond kite watch hands. We paired this exceptional pocket watch with our stylish Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown that complements the dial’s stunning gilt details. The rear side of our Bronzed Titanium case is transparent, enabling you and other watch enthusiasts to see the pocket watch’s beautiful Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a center bridge plate, Reed regulator, Breguet hairspring, and Going barrel. The movement also displays a splendid engraving that reads “The Autocrat” as well as gold-plated gears and 17 sumptuous jewels with gilded settings. Finally, we matched this one-of-a-kind watch with our comfortable Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap, making the final product even more unforgettable.

The Illinois Watch Company initially released this pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year that President Calvin Coolidge established Glacier Bay as a national monument near Juneau, Alaska. President Coolidge had the authority to create the monument thanks to the Antiquities Act of 1906 — signed by President Theodore Roosevelt — which declared that the President of the United States has the authority to create national monuments from federally-owned land in order to preserve something of cultural, scientific, or environmental significance. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter expanded the Glacier Bay monument and established the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site a year later.

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: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 4581374
  • Manufacture Year: 1925
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Springfield 551 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to showcase this eye-catching and luxurious watch that features a pocket watch movement originally designed by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 551. The front of this stunning watch features a cream-colored dial with a center design pattern that boats an intricate gilt outline. The dial also displays additional remarkable details, including its uniquely-stylized black numerals, an eye-catching subdial, and blued steel diamond kite watch hands. We paired this exceptional pocket watch with our stylish Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown that complements the dial’s stunning gilt details. The rear side of our Bronzed Titanium case is transparent, enabling you and other watch enthusiasts to see the pocket watch’s beautiful Autocrat-grade open-face movement with a center bridge plate, Reed regulator, Breguet hairspring, and Going barrel. The movement also displays a splendid engraving that reads “The Autocrat” as well as gold-plated gears and 17 sumptuous jewels with gilded settings. Finally, we matched this one-of-a-kind watch with our comfortable Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap, making the final product even more unforgettable.

The Illinois Watch Company initially released this pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1925 — the same year that President Calvin Coolidge established Glacier Bay as a national monument near Juneau, Alaska. President Coolidge had the authority to create the monument thanks to the Antiquities Act of 1906 — signed by President Theodore Roosevelt — which declared that the President of the United States has the authority to create national monuments from federally-owned land in order to preserve something of cultural, scientific, or environmental significance. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter expanded the Glacier Bay monument and established the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site a year later.

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