Burlington 16S 19J lever set (LS) adj. 3p grade 185 pocket watch #2168379, manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company, beautiful nickel 3-finger bridge split-plate movement with screw-down jewel settings, fancy plate layout and a wavy & bar-style damascene pattern, double-sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with extra-fancy Arabic-style numbers, red 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register is marked "Burlington Special", dial does have a number of faint hairlines and 2 small expert repairs near the seconds bit, purple steel spade & whip style hands, re-cased into a heavy smooth polish yellow gold filled (YGF) screw back & bezel (SB&B) case with a large bow, case is showing normal even wear overall but does have a few small spots of brass starting to show on the frame and bow along with some small scratches near the pendant screw, measures approx. 50mm in diameter x 68mm in length x 14mm thick (crystal included). A high quality watch from the early 1900s in very good condition, perfect to carry everyday!
- Year Made: 1909-1910
- Company: Burlington
- Jewels: 19J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: 185
- Serial #: 2168379
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: fancy plate layout, 3-finger bridge
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: marked "Burlington Special"
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: re-cased
50mm (1.97 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: plastic
The Burlington Watch Co. of Chicago, Illinois was in business from 1908 to the late 1920s. Most of these watches were produced by the
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 Burlington & Illinois Pocket Watches
for Burlington. A small number of watches were also made for the company by the Swiss company Henry Moser & Co. An interesting facet of this company was that it relied solely on mail order for sales.
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.
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
but later change your mind on the crystal selection type, you'll need to remove the watch from the cart in order to make a new crystal selection. Once that is done, you can return to this page and add that new combination to the cart. We apologize for the limitations to our system that prevent you making that change from the shopping cart directly.
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.