Illinois 18S 9J key wind Hoyt pocket watch #25007, full plate gilt movement with an engraved balance bridge and matte finish, movement does have some spots of discoloration, these are cosmetic blemishes and are not affecting the running condition, porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals and a subsidiary seconds register, dial is marked "Illinois Springfield Watch Co" and does have a number of faint hairlines, blue steel spade-style hands, re-cased into a heavy white base metal (WBM) smooth polish hinge back & bezel (HB&B) case with recessed hinges, heavy bow and an extra-thick glass crystal, case is showing normal moderate wear overall with no brass but a number of small scuffs and spots of discoloration along with a crescent-shaped depression on the upper back cover from the bow pressing heavily over time into the case, crystal has a number of short, fine scratches and a small flake at 6:30, we can replace the crystal with a new beveled plastic one at no charge on request
, measures approx. 57mm in diameter x 81mm in length x 20mm thick (crystal included). An impressive, high quality vintage Illinois from the 1870s in very good condition!
- Year Made: 1874-1875
- Jewels: 9J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: Hoyt
- Serial #: 25007
- Movement Finish: gilt
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Silver/White
- Case Details:
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
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.
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List
which includes information for Illinois serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has a comprehensive article
about the company; additional information may also be found on Wikipedia
You may browse all of our men's pocket watches from this manufacturer at our Vintage Men's Illinois Pocket Watches
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of November 29th, 2023, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
Please note: an appropriate winding and setting key (or keys) is included in the listed price for this item. Unless otherwise noted in the Full Description, the key is not original to the watch.
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