Burlington by Illinois 16S 21J lever set (LS) adj. 3p grade 107 pocket watch #3159168, impressive nickel bridge layout movement with screw-down raised jewel settings, train & gold center wheel and a wide bar-style damascene pattern, double sunk (DS) porcelain enamel Montgomery-style dial with fancy Arabic-style numbers, red and black 1-60 minute markers and a black marked subsidiary seconds register has some faint hairlines, purple steel spade & whip style hands, handsome green gold filled (GGF) screw back & bezel (SB&B) Burlington model case with a smooth polish finish under the tall oval Greek Key geometric design on the back cover, elaborate recessed monogram on the back, possibly "EJS", has small spots of bright blue and white enamel contained within the monogram however the majority of the enamel finish has been removed, the current recessed areas are now a dark grey color with a lightly textured finish, heavy pendant, wide bow and a glass crystal, case is showing normal even wear overall with a small depression on the upper section of the back case oval, a few small spots of brass starting on the frame and front bezel and a small flake of the crystal edge at 3 o'clock, measures approx. 50mm in diameter x 66mm in length x 12mm thick (crystal included). A very high grade and attractive vintage triple signed watch from the early 1900s that was approved for limited railroad grade use in excellent overall condition!
- Year Made: 1917-1918
- Company: Burlington by Illinois
- Jewels: 21J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: 107
- Serial #: 3159168
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: bridge layout, screw-down jewel settings, gold train, gold center wheel
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: Montgomery style
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: monogram, possibly "EJS"
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
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
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