The Springfield 571 (47mm)
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The Springfield 571 (47mm)

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The Springfield 571 (47mm)
The Springfield 571 (47mm)
The Springfield 571 (47mm)
The Springfield 571 (47mm)
The Springfield 571 (47mm)
The Springfield 571 (47mm)
The Springfield 571 (47mm)
The Springfield 571 (47mm)
The Springfield 571 (47mm)
The Springfield 571 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Springfield 571 unique: We’re excited to present to you this unforgettable watch that was initially released by the Illinois Watch Company over a century ago — the Springfield 571. This marvelous watch features a historic dial with bold black numerals and a simple yet stylish subdial that looks breathtaking against its gold-colored background. The watch’s face also displays extra heavy spade & whip watch hands that match its numerals. We complemented this pocket watch by encasing it within our sleek DLC Black Titanium case, and we matched the dial’s gold-colored background with a gold-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can view its original 273-grade open-face movement with a ¾ plate that boasts a stunning engraving reading “Stewart Special,” a trade name used by Sproehnle & Co. The Illinois Watch Company produced pocket watches for this Chicago-based company, and the watch’s movement also features a Going barrel as well as gold-plated gears and 17 stunning jewels. Finally, we equipped this impressive and stylish watch with our comfortable black leather watch strap.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured this antique pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1919 — the same year that Pat Sullivan created one of the first animal cartoon characters, Felix the Cat. This silent-era cartoon became an important pop-culture icon throughout the 1920s, but the character became overshadowed by Walt Disney’s creations in the late 1920s and 1930s. Felix the Cat became the unit insignia for the U.S. Navy’s Bombing Squadron Two (VB-2B) in the late 1920s. The insignia features Felix the Cat holding a bomb with a lit fuse. Additionally, Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 31 (VFA-31) has utilized Felix the Cat as an icon since it was formed in 1935. The squadron is also known as the “Tomcatters” and is the second oldest Navy Fighter Attack squadron that still operates today after the “Tophatters” Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14).

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

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 3461272
  • Manufacture Year: 1919
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Springfield 571 unique: We’re excited to present to you this unforgettable watch that was initially released by the Illinois Watch Company over a century ago — the Springfield 571. This marvelous watch features a historic dial with bold black numerals and a simple yet stylish subdial that looks breathtaking against its gold-colored background. The watch’s face also displays extra heavy spade & whip watch hands that match its numerals. We complemented this pocket watch by encasing it within our sleek DLC Black Titanium case, and we matched the dial’s gold-colored background with a gold-plated crown. On the back of the watch, you can view its original 273-grade open-face movement with a ¾ plate that boasts a stunning engraving reading “Stewart Special,” a trade name used by Sproehnle & Co. The Illinois Watch Company produced pocket watches for this Chicago-based company, and the watch’s movement also features a Going barrel as well as gold-plated gears and 17 stunning jewels. Finally, we equipped this impressive and stylish watch with our comfortable black leather watch strap.

The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured this antique pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1919 — the same year that Pat Sullivan created one of the first animal cartoon characters, Felix the Cat. This silent-era cartoon became an important pop-culture icon throughout the 1920s, but the character became overshadowed by Walt Disney’s creations in the late 1920s and 1930s. Felix the Cat became the unit insignia for the U.S. Navy’s Bombing Squadron Two (VB-2B) in the late 1920s. The insignia features Felix the Cat holding a bomb with a lit fuse. Additionally, Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 31 (VFA-31) has utilized Felix the Cat as an icon since it was formed in 1935. The squadron is also known as the “Tomcatters” and is the second oldest Navy Fighter Attack squadron that still operates today after the “Tophatters” Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14).

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