Railroad Grade Vintage Men's Illinois Pocket Watches
In this section, you will find a nice selection of railroad-grade vintage Illinois pocket watches that are typically considered gent's size, although in many cases would also be appropriate for a woman to carry. The Illinois Watch Company was founded in Springfield, Illinois and began production of its earliest branded models in 1872, although the company had been producing small runs of watches with various other markings as early as 1869. In 1927, the Hamilton Watch Company purchased Illinois and manufactured watches in the Springfield factory up until 1932. Afterwards, Hamilton continued to produce watches with Illinois Watch Company markings from their main factory in Lancaster, Pennsylvania until 1939.
To be a railroad grade watch, the following criteria must be met:
- be 16S or 18S
- have 17 or more jewels
- be lever set
- be in an open face case
- be adjusted to 5 or more positions
- have easily-legible Arabic dial numerals
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List which includes information for Illinois serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
For further information, examples, photos, and notes on how to wear our various styles of watches and watch accessories, please visit our How-To-Wear Guide.
Illinois 16S 21J LS adj. 5p A. Lincoln #2167773 pocket watch, YGF SB&B case, Masonic engraving
PM2722 - This item is currently available.
Illinois 16S 21J LS adj. 6p 60 hour 161A Elinvar Bunn Special pocket watch #5568718, YGF SB&B case
PM2767 - This item is currently sold or on hold.
Illinois 16S 23J LS adj. 6p Bunn Special #3654724 pocket watch, heavy YGF swing out case
HP504 - This item is currently available.
Illinois 18S 19J LS adj. 5p Bunn #2164504 pocket watch, heavy YGF SB&B case, Gothic style dial
PM2585 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Illinois 16S 19J LS adj. 5p Bunn pocket watch #3783439, YGF SB&B engraved case
PM2671 - This item is currently for sale at our Etsy Store.
Illinois 16S 21J adj. 6p LS 60 hour Bunn Special pocket watch #4754542, WGF Bunn Special SB&B case
PM2733 - This item is currently available.
Illinois 16S 21J LS adj 6p 60 hour Bunn Special pocket watch #4914170, YGF Bunn Special #107 case
PM2704 - This item will be on our eBay Store 12/02 to 12/09. Please check back!