Illinois 16S 17J adj. grade 305 pocket watch #3877241, handsome nickel bridge movement with screw-down jewel settings, a gold center wheel and a fancy crosshatch pattern damascene, double sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with fancy Arabic style numbers, red 5 minute markers and a black marked subsidiary seconds register has two small expert repairs and a few hairlines, blue steel spade-style hands, impressive white base metal (WBM) friction-fit glass back & bezel (GB&B) salesman's display case with both bezels marked "Illinois Watch Co. Springfield", glass crystals and a heavy bow, case is showing normal even wear overall with some spots of brass showing on the frame near the pendant along with a few small dents and scratches on the frame and pendant, additionally the crystals do have some light but notable scratches, we can replace one or both with new plastic crystals at no charge on request
, measures approx. 50mm in diameter x 73mm in length x 15mm thick (crystals included). A high quality vintage Illinois from the 1920s, perfect to carry and show off, in very good overall condition!
- Year Made: 1921-1922
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: 305
- Serial #: 3877241
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: bridge layout, screw-down jewel settings, gold center wheel
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: double sunk (DS)
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
GB&B display case
Base Metal - Silver/White
- Case Details: display case back, bezels marked "Illinois Watch Co. Springfield"
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 September 28th, 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.
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