Illinois - early ww

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Illinois - early ww

#1 Post by watch_treasures » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:14 pm

Hello,

I found this Illinois in one of my "will work on later" drawers.

I'm curious if the watch is correct as according to the serial number it would date to 1907. Is the movement original to the case?

Thanks!

Rick

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#2 Post by mrtoad » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:38 am

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 1920s and early 1930s.

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#3 Post by watch_treasures » Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:42 am

Thank you!

That is the conclusion I had come to. It threw me some when I saw it was an Illinois case also.

An interesting piece. Shows how innovative watchmakers were with changing times.

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Rick

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#4 Post by Magpie » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:25 am

It threw me some when I saw it was an Illinois case also.
A lot of people get thrown off because of the Illinois name. It's easy to do if you aren't aware that the Illinois Watch Case Company (Elgin, Illinois) and the Illinois Watch Company (Springfield, Illinois) were entirely different companies and that the latter didn't make cases.

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#5 Post by watch_treasures » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:34 pm

Thank you!

It now is starting to make sense to me. I was thinking of them as the same company. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

Rick

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#6 Post by GJH » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:31 pm

Great info folks!
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#7 Post by semroc » Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:04 pm

Beautiful watch. Really like the gold bezel. I have the same one in silver.

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#8 Post by JackW » Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:44 pm

Only thing I can add, is the stainless steel marking in the case puts it into 1930s.
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