Morgan as Cashier and Credit men, Julius W. The crystal is a thick beveled mineral glass model and clear as still fresh water with no issues. Illinois watches are most likely probably the most collectible within the vintage marketplace simply due to their very top quality. They were solvent, but for want of ready cash were unable to proceed further under the old management. The land on which the factory is located is a portion of a tract formerly owned by Mr. Illinois Watch Company Illinois Watch Serial Numbers and Production Dates Total Production: Approx. I don't have the best color perception but comparing this case to others and the fact that it is 14K rather than 10K leads me to be reasonably sure this is green gold.
Morrow, who placed the product with the jobbers and continued with the company until 1884. . He increased the production to one hundred movements per day, but without stopping the loss. Dial: The dial is a double sunk porcelain type. Motor Train Material: Gold Center Wheel Material: Gold Regulator: Reed Hairspring: Elinvar Adjusted: Yes Adjusted of Positions: 6 Adjusted to Temperature: Yes Railroad Grade: Yes Dial Feet Locations: 17. Some were adjusted to temperature meeting some electric railroad requirements others to adjusted to three or four positions meeting common turn of the century railroad requirements.
For your convenience the link below will take you to my eBay feedback summary. Initially started as a hobby during the 1960s, our business, officially established in 1976 by Paul and Gail Zuercher, has worked steadily to provide our customers with high quality antique and vintage pocket watches, wrist watches and watch accessories. It does show signs of moderate pocket wear. Bunn Special movements were discontinued around 1948. The Illinois 26 Jewel Pennsylvania Special is definitely an 18-sized watch.
John Stuart was a Springfield lawyer and former partner of Abraham Lincoln. The company encountered financial difficulties following an economic downturn in the Fall of 1873. Henceforth, the organization was referred to as Illinois Watch Company and continued to be so until it had been bought through the Hamilton Watch Company in 1927. This watch would qualify as extra slim in my opinion. There are a couple of short scratches on the gold dial.
The Bunn grade was upgraded to 17-jewel, also adjusted to temperature, isochronism and positions. Very nice Bunn Special gold filled case with very smooth covers. Many of these are very similar to watches made at the time by the Hamilton Watch Company. On the pillar plate indicates that the ebauche was made by John Wycherley in Prescot. Movement serial number is 1973841.
All in all, a very nice little watch. The open face, stem-wind Model 3 was introduced in 1879, with the Stuart, Bunn and Miller grades manufactured for railroad time service. This really beautiful watch is ready to display or carry! Thanks for the info folks, especially on the late model 161B's. The Illinois Watch Factory is the largest manufacturing institution in the city of Springfield. Adams of Massachusetts, and John Todd Stuart, William B. Motor Center Wheel Material: Gold Regulator: Reed Adjusted: Yes Adjusted of Positions: 6 Adjusted to Temperature: Yes Railroad Grade: Yes Click on any photo for a larger image.
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List which includes information for Illinois serial numbers and dates of manufacture. The current owner is Craig Stone and the business is located in. This movement most likely started out intended to be a 21 jewel movement as there are not supposed to be any 17 jewel two-tone movements. Dial : The dial is in really great condition. In thus increasing its production of high grade movements, the company soon found that more room was needed and new buildings to meet the requirements have been erected from time to time. Lube systems were developed, better materials grew to become available and adornments were added to make a better and much more wanted product. Housed in a Keystone 25-year gold filled hinged case.
Other 16 size Illinois pocket watches known by model numbers are the: 161 Bunn Special, the 161A Bunn Special, the 161a Elinvar Bunn Special, The 161b Bunn Special, the 163 Bunn Special, the 163 Elinvar Bunn Special, the 163 Bunn Special, the 163a Eninvar Bunn Special, the 167L,, the 167,169,174,175,177,179,187,189,333,555,777, and the Illinois 900 model. © Northern Partners all rights reserved July 1999. Twenty years later, Jacob Bunn, Jr. Miller, who took the road for that purpose and visited all the large cities. The company soon found themselves involved, as they had been obliged to borrow money on the surplus production in order to meet current expenses. The Original Crown Is in very nice shape.
The Model 8 hunting case and Model 9 open face Sangamo Special grade were introduced in 1913, available in 19-jewel, 21-jewel and 23-jewel versions, adjusted to six positions. Swing out movement is sometimes difficult to separate from watch case. Any of the above watches were made by the Illinois watch company and of such a quality as to warrant their overhaul and expect very dependable performance afterwards. The other named men constituted the original Board of Directors of the Springfield Watch Company. In 1931, Elinvar was first used in balances and Hairsprings in the model 161 and 163 watches, which were soon replaced by 161A and 163A, which also have a different damaskeen pattern.