Did I find a winner?

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Did I find a winner?

#1 Post by AMF » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:28 pm

I found this in a box of vintage watches. I looked through the list on here and didn't find it listed. Any ideas? This is my first Illinois watch.
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Re: Did I find a winner?

#2 Post by HamiltonIllinois » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:20 pm

It looks to me like you found 4 dead links. ;)
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Re: Did I find a winner?

#3 Post by AMF » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:51 pm

Trying to add pictures.....
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Re: Did I find a winner?

#4 Post by AMF » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:08 pm

Now that I know how can post more pictures if needed. :lol:

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Re: Did I find a winner?

#5 Post by mrtoad » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:02 pm

What you have here is an example of a cushion-form watch from the generic period of wristwatch making. In the pocket-watch trade, jewelers or jobbers bought movements and dials separately from cases and then assembled them together for the customers. The generic period extended this practice to wristwatches. Illinois and several of its competitors sold dials and movements for a number of case types, of which cushions (with both round and cushion-shaped dial openings) were popular forms. Jewelers also used such generic cases to convert small hunter-case pocket watches into the newly fashionable wristwatches. You can read much more about generic models in Fred Friedberg's new book on Illinois.

Your case was made by the Illinois Watch Case Company, of Elgin, Illinois, which was one of the largest manufacturers of generic cases. They had no connection with the Illinois Watch Company, of Springfield. This case has a very attractive bezel, but its having a base-metal back is a sure sign that this watch never passed through the Springfield factory. Nonetheless, you have a genuine Illinois movement, and that's always something of value. And a lot of us have examples of different generic case models in our collections.

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Re: Did I find a winner?

#6 Post by Gabe » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:31 am

I think it's a winner if you can get it working.

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