Illinois 18S 17J hunting case movement (HCM) adj. lever set (LS) Stewart Special pocket watch #1579794, handsome 2-tone nickel full plate movement with screw-down jewel settings and a gold sunburst damascene design in the center, gold detail is moderately faded but still distinct from the nickel surrounding it, porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals and a subsidiary seconds register has some very faint hairlines and a small flake near the edge by the lever, blue steel spade style hands, re-cased into a heavy white base metal (WBM) screw back & bezel (SB&B) salesman's display case with coin edge bezels and a large heavy bow, case is showing normal even wear overall but does have a few small nicks on the front bezel, measures approx. 55mm in diameter x 81mm in length x 24mm thick (both crystals included). A high quality vintage watch to carry everyday and display in excellent condition!
- Company: Illinois
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: Stewart Special
- Serial #: 1579794
- Movement Finish: 2-tone
Movement Details Test:
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Case Style:
GB&B display case
Base Metal - Silver/White
55mm (2.17 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: plastic
- Year Made: 1901-1902
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 about the company.
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.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
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.