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Illinois Spotlight- Piccadilly

#1 Post by GJH » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:09 am

Hello Aficianados...

I will open up the vault and
give you all look at perhaps one of the
most incredible collections of The Illinois Watch Company's
work you will ever see.

I say this because I have examples that took years to
find, barter for, and acquire, from all over the globe...
Some that are fairly common, to a group of "Super Rare!"
that I promise, you won't see anywhere else.
I don't have them ALL, but that is what collecting is
all about!

**All watches I post are from my collection,
unless noted and rightfully sourced***

As with many of the Great American watch companies,
lots of history was lost...
There is no exact science to
collecting these old treasures and new examples and facts
are being discovered every day.

First of all, a quick history lesson on the company from Fred Friedberg's
book "The Illinois Watch" the life and times of a great American watch.
He is considered by many to be the "Master" of these watches
and the information he has gathered over the years with other
Illinois enthusiasts is amazing...AND HE IS HERE ON THE FORUM!!!

***GET HIS BOOK!!!!!***

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You are only as good as those who teach you,
and I have worn the pages of my book to the bone!
Mr. Friedberg is a true friend.

***All references to Fred will have (FF)***

Organized in 1869 by J.C Adams, Springfield, Ill.
with capital stock of 100k.
The Bunn brothers and others formed the "Springfield Watch Company"
on January 25, 1870 in Springfield, Illinois, which ultimately became
"The Illinois Watch Company."
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As I go through the collection,
I will start off with the TOP 10
Most "Collectible" Illinois Wrist Watches.
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#1: The 1929 "Piccadilly"

Keystone Case Model #164
17 Jewel movement
Green gold filled
Unusual shape
FF Rarity: 4 out of 6 (6 being the rarest)
FF Value: $900 to $2250 (poor to near perfect condition)


FRONT:

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BACK:

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CASEBACK:

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MOVEMENT:

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UBER SCARCE PARTIALLY ENGRAVED:
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WGF (plain bezel)
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TRIO:
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GJH notes:
-Seen on ebay a few times a year and go quickly!
-The shape is unmistakable
-Confused as a "Ladies" watch
-There are a few ultra rare "engraved" examples that
are valued over 5k or more.


ENJOY!
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Re: Illinois Spotlight- Piccadilly

#2 Post by GLADIATOR » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:29 am

Lovely post Greg, I top my hat to both you and Fred.

Wonderful collecting. I want one of those Piccadilly

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Re: Illinois Spotlight- Piccadilly

#3 Post by Valtyr » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:32 am

Awesome post Greg!!! I remember the first time I ever saw a Piccadilly... Crazy!

The bad part with them, is when you bid, you're bidding against tons of people on this forum. :lol:

The engraved one is just amazing!!!

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Re: Illinois Spotlight- Piccadilly

#4 Post by randy van » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:39 am

Beautiful watches! The most recognized Illinois when approaching a dealer's display from about 5 feet away.

I look foward to your future posts!

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Re: Illinois Spotlight- Piccadilly

#5 Post by FJF » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:29 pm

Thanks for the kind words Greg and Adam.

Greg's examples of the Piccadilly are terrific.

If anyone, is interested in one please email me at Fred@illioiswatches.com

Thanks
FJF

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Re: Illinois Spotlight- Piccadilly

#6 Post by Nookster » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:29 pm

I hate it when Greg puts up the engraved one, drives me crazy I don't own one and they are only a couple known to exsist.
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Re: Illinois Spotlight- Piccadilly

#7 Post by GJH » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:37 pm

Nookster wrote:I hate it when Greg puts up the engraved one, drives me crazy I don't own one and they are only a couple known to exsist.
As soon as I get another one... It's yours Mark!
One will pop up!
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Re: Illinois Spotlight- Piccadilly

#8 Post by daxtellgt6 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:45 pm

Greg,
Awesome collection of Picadilly's!! Thanks for sharing them and I look forward to more.
Dan

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