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Another Ebay find

#1 Post by jimglynn » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:56 pm


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Re: Another Ebay find

#2 Post by Magpie » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:28 am

You've addressed only Greg, but may I offer a few opinions? (I believe I might know a thing or two. ;) This is a very MISLEADING listing: shame on the seller! The movement is indeed by the lllinois Watch Company, but it is not a good fit for the case (marked I.W.C.Co., for the Illinois Watch Case Company, an entirely different entity) and the refinished dial doesn't fit the shape of the dial opening of the case. (Fred's forthcoming book discusses many related matters.)

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Re: Another Ebay find

#3 Post by jimglynn » Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:31 pm

Magpie, I only mentioned Greg because he seems so quick on the replies! You have become even quicker... Great observations on this one!

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Re: Another Ebay find

#4 Post by GJH » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:58 pm

I think our hearts all skipped a beat when we saw this one on ebay...
My first thought was, could this be the elusive "Enamel Jolly Roger???"

No... there is no such thing.

This watch came from a collector who lets say had quite an eclectic
taste in watches (he has since passed)
This probably looked interesting on the surface, but as we all know,
it is a case made by the Illinois Watch Case Co.
with a redial and to a very untrained eye, would be an interesting
watch to have on at cocktail party with non-collectors.

Anyway, the movement is Illinois and the case is actually quite cool.
With a different dial (I can't think of an Illinois that would work)
it would be fun to wear.

As far as collectable in the Illinois world, not really.

I wish I knew what was in it to start, my hunch it wasn't Illinois at all.

BUT HOW COOL WOULD IT HAVE BEEN IF IT WAS A REAL FACTORY
CASE WITH AN ILLINOIS DIAL AND MOVEMENT...WOW!

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Re: Another Ebay find

#5 Post by Magpie » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:38 pm

This watch came from a collector who lets say had quite an eclectic
taste in watches (he has since passed)
But it's obviously not the collector who is selling the watch. ;)

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Re: Another Ebay find

#6 Post by stryfox » Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:46 pm

It is a cool watch and one I wouldn’t mind owning. Of course that assumes the buyer pays a price that reflects what it actually is.
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Re: Another Ebay find

#7 Post by afire » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:17 am

Could be a cool watch with the dial refinished to the right shape (and with no numbers).

And I'm not sure just how misleading this seller is being:

"Case is MINT, MINT!!! Contract case (non-illinois signed). Illinois movement, has incorrect dial as dial should not have numbers because they are on bezel."

I don't like the term "Contract case," but over the years I've gotten the impression that it's more of a misnomer, where the correct term should be "jobber," or something like that.

Anyway, I don't see that he's implying this is a factory-cased legitimate model.
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Re: Another Ebay find

#8 Post by jimglynn » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:23 am

Actually I thought the Arabic numbers were there in case someone couldn't read Roman Numerals! ;)

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