The case was not scrapped Magpie. A friend had been interested in the case ONLY for a while and it's now going towards the restoration of another beautiful watch since there is no historical ties that i have been able to dig up through myself, friends or forums. I appreciate your concern but it do not scrap any of my watches. It will live on.
Thanks for letting us know. Feel free to post up pics when it's done.
Tom, I agree that it would be interesting to see the result of the restoration. I'm relieved that at least there is to be no scrapping.
A seller can of course sell a watch (or parts thereof) to whomever he or she pleases, and the buyer can do whatever he or she wishes to do. However, IMO it is a shame to separate the movement and dial of this particular watch from what appears to be its original case (to my eye there don't seem to be any of the telltale indications of a recasing). I expect someone who is a collector of Illinois private-label pocket watches would have been only too happy to acquire it intact -- and in terms of horological history to see that Galt provided a Jeannot & Shiebler case. But just my two cents' worth . . .