Burlington by Illinois 16S 19J lever set (LS) adj 3p grade 185 pocket watch #2127624, beautiful nickel bridge movement with screw-down jewel settings and a wavy line damascene pattern, double-sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with fancy bold Arabic style numbers, red 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register has a small flake near the edge at 3 o'clock but otherwise is mint, purple steel spade style hands, heavy yellow gold filled (YGF) Burlington hunting case (HC) with coin edge bezels, a glass dust cover and elaborate engravings of a posturing griffin, or similar mythological beast, over engine turning on both covers, case is showing normal even wear overall however there are 2 small spots of brass starting on the pendant under the crown from winding, along with some wear on sections of the case engraving, measures approx. 50mm in diameter x 68mm in length x 13mm thick. A high grade, impressive triple signed watch from the early 1900s in excellent condition!
- Company: Burlington
- Jewels: 19J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: grade 185
- Serial #: 2127624
- Movement Finish: nickel
Movement Details Test:
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
Burlington model case, glass dust cover
50mm (1.97 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
- Year Made: 1909-1910
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.
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.