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by mrtoad
Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Crown pops out question?
Replies: 20
Views: 1393

Re: Crown pops out question?

The movement you're showing is 3/0 size. The problem you describe is typical of wristwatches in 3/0 size (not just Illinois). You're probably used to smaller wristwatch movements in which there is a setting lever that engages a groove on the stem. The little bump on the lever holds the stem in place...
by mrtoad
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: What are you wearing today?
Topic: WRUW 7/22 through 7/28/2018?
Replies: 31
Views: 1557

Re: WRUW 7/22 through 7/28/2018?

An Elgin "Huron" went out to church today:

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by mrtoad
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Cool Ephemera
Replies: 10
Views: 1014

Re: Cool Ephemera

I'm fond of those wooden sign boards (we have one, too). Our favorite recent acquisition is a watch key with an appropriate motto: http://mrtoad.net/Media/201807WRUW/Illinois-watch-key-f.jpg http://mrtoad.net/Media/201807WRUW/Illinois-watch-key-b.jpg Hard to beat that sentiment! It's also interestin...
by mrtoad
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Illinois - early ww
Replies: 7
Views: 802

Re: Illinois - early ww

This movement would originally have been in a hunter-style pocket watch case. At some later date someone, probably a jeweler, transferred it to a generic wristwatch case as pocket watches fell out of style. Although only the movement is by Illinois, such "updated" watches were popular in the late 19...
by mrtoad
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: What are you wearing today?
Topic: 7/8/18 thru 7/14/18
Replies: 26
Views: 1512

Re: 7/8/18 thru 7/14/18

My watch for church today was an Illinois "Guardian":

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by mrtoad
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: What are you wearing today?
Topic: WRUW 7/1 through 7/7/2018?
Replies: 16
Views: 1158

WRUW 7/1 through 7/7/2018?

To start out the month, I wore a Hamilton Linwood to church this morning:

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The Linwood hadn't been out in a long time; how could I have failed to wear such a distinctive design?
by mrtoad
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: What are you wearing today?
Topic: June Incoming 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 698

Re: June Incoming 2018

I think that the Hamilton-Illinois catalog drawings do not always match the actual bracelets that showed up on the watches. The catalog image you show comes from p. 32 of the 1955 Hamilton catalog. If you look across to p. 33, you will see the Debonaire Model E with the links facing the way they are...
by mrtoad
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: What are you wearing today?
Topic: WRUW 6/24 through 7/1/2018?
Replies: 15
Views: 1195

Re: WRUW 6/24 through 7/1/2018?

For church today, an Illinois "Futura":

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by mrtoad
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!
Replies: 29
Views: 9664

Re: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

You never know where a Vantage will turn up. I recently bought a Hamilton electric that should have had a 505 movement in it. But it had a 555E instead. I guess some earlier collector had substituted when he couldn't fix the 505. It's running, so I may just leave it where I found it. I have several ...
by mrtoad
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Some super cool Hammy's
Replies: 8
Views: 694

Re: Some super cool Hammy's

The crystal on jump-hour watches of this era (Bulova, among others, actually had them for sale) is typically a thin sheet of flat glass under the flat bezel.