Illinois 16S 21J lever set (LS) hunting case movement (HCM) grade 174 pocket watch #2109093, beautiful nickel split-plate movement with screw-down jewel settings, half-moon click and a fancy wavy-line damascene pattern, double sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with fancy Arabic-style numbers, red 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register has some short hairlines and a small flake taken out at the edge of the dial near the lever to help ease the use of the lever tab, blue steel moon-style hands, re-cased into a heavy yellow gold filled (YGF) screw back & bezel (SB&B) case with a fancy floral and geometric design swath engraved horizontally across the center of the case back around a fancy monogram shield, elaborate "A" in the shield, beaded-design accents on the frame and a large heavy bow, case is showing moderate wear overall with some smoothing to the engraving a few small dents on the frame and some brass starting to show on the bow and in small spots on the case, measures approx. 52mm in diameter x 72mm in length x 15mm thick (crystal included). A very high quality vintage Illinois pocket watch from the early 1900s in very good condition, running very well and would make a perfect watch to carry daily!
- Year Made: 1908-1909
- Jewels: 21J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 174
- Serial #: 2109093
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: screw-down jewel settings, hunting case movement (HCM), half-moon click
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: double sunk (DS)
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: re-cased, "A" monogram
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 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 30th, 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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