VORTIC 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 404 Unique: This precious metal Springfield boasts gold and copper leaf across its ornate, double-sunk dial and numerals. Unique conversation pieces like this one-of-a-kind watch always have something special about them, and this stunning but naturally-aged dial is impossible to ignore. The machined titanium case, copper crown, and rye strap that we paired this dial with accentuate its detail without distracting from its charm. The movement in this watch, impossibly enough, is just as unique as its dial, with beautifully machined Geneva lines across the entire build plate. These particular Geneva lines are something more commonly seen on later editions of Illinois watches, but that have been integrated into this 1935 edition. Brass hardware within the movement, rose gold gears, and a brass balance wheel maintains the precious metal motif of the dial. Boasting 21 screw-set jewels and a double roller escapement, this watch is truly a masterpiece of both design and craftsmanship. Originally manufactured in Springfield, Illinois, the Springfield 404 first came to life at the same time that Amelia Earhart completed the first solo flight from Hawaii to California.
VORTIC Case Style: This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. 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.
VORTIC 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.
- Original Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
- Original Serial Number: 4701214
- Manufacture Year: 1926
- Function: Manual Wind
- Jewels: 21j
- Size: 12s
- Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
This VORTIC watch’s movement is serial number 4701214 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.