Illinois 18S 11J key wind transitional Currier pocket watch #319551, handsome full plate gilt transitional movement with screw-down jewel settings, a key winding stem above the winding arbor and a deeply engraved balance bridge, unmarked porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals and a subsidiary seconds register has some faint hairlines, blue steel spade-style hands, re-cased into a heavy yellow gold filled (YGF) hunting case (HC) with engine turning on both covers, one side has a large round blank monogram shield while the reverse side has a decorative concentric circle button detail in the center, deeply engraved floral designs on the bezels and scalloped-edge frame, case is showing moderate wear overall with some thin lines of brass starting to show in the bezels, frame and bow along with a general smoothing to the engine turning across both covers, measures approx. 55mm in diameter x 79mm in length x 18mm thick. An early Illinois from the 1880s in very good condition, still running strong and ready for daily use!
- Year Made: 1882-1883
- Company: Illinois
- Jewels: 11J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: Currier
- Serial #: 319551
- Movement Finish: gilt
- Movement Details: transition model
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: unmarked
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: re-cased
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
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 June 29th, 2022, 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.
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.
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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.
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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