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!
- Year Made: 1901-1902
- Company: Illinois
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: Stewart Special
- Serial #: 1579794
- Movement Finish: 2-tone
- Movement Details: 2-tone sunburst
- 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
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
We have included this watch in our Mechanic's Special section because it is currently in our office queue for maintenance. Often, a cleaning and service is all the watch will need to get it back to the level of running condition we strive for in our active sales catalog. However, on occasion a more serious problem may have presented itself with the watch. If you are interested in more information on the status of this watch, the anticipated maintenance needed on it, or to purchase this watch AS-IS, please contact us
If you decide to purchase this watch in its current non-running condition, we do NOT
offer our standard 30-day return on any Mechanic's Special items.
On these items, all sales are AS IS and FINAL.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact plastic crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this pocket watch for you. We offer a number of new and vintage crystal choices for pocket watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.
Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order.
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Please note: if you add this watch with a crystal exchange option to your shopping cart
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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.