Illinois 18S 17J lever set (LS) adj. 4p grade 65-E pocket watch #1375062, beautiful 2-tone full plate movement with screw-down jewel settings, a gold and nickel wavy checkboard pattern damascene and a jewelers mark, "Geo. T. Springer Portland, Me.", this movement was considered to be railroad grade at the time of production, double sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with fancy Arabic style numbers and a subsidiary seconds register is also marked with the jeweler's information, "George T Springer Portland, ME", dial has a few faint hairlines, lovely blue steel open Morning Glory style hands.
Re-cased into a heavy yellow gold filled (YGF) hinge back & bezel (HB&B) case with an elaborately engraved back cover design of engine turning around the edge with a smooth polish circular ring under large floral engravings down the center around a round monogram shield with a detailed building near a stone bridge set into it, coin edge frame, offset gold hinges, engine turning on the front bezel around the extra thick glass crystal and a heavy bow, case is showing only light even wear overall with a little smoothing to some of the engine turning along with tiny dents in a few places, measures approx. 55mm in diameter x 79mm in length x 20mm thick (crystal included). An impressive, high quality Illinois jeweler's mark watch from the 1890s in excellent+ overall condition!
- Year Made: 1897-1898
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 4 positions
- Model/Grade: 65-E
- Serial #: 1375062
- Movement Finish: 2-tone
- Movement Details: screw-down jewel settings, jeweler's mark, gold & nickel checkerboard
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: double sunk (DS), jeweler's mark, "George T Springer Portland, ME"
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details:
re-cased, extra-thick glass crystal, offset gold hinges
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 December 5th, 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.
This watch features a jeweler's mark, or name of the retailer that originally sold the watch, in addition to the name of the watch manufacturer. Jeweler's marks may be engraved or printed on the dial, case or movement, depending on the watch. See the Full Description for details specific to this piece.
The jewelers' mark was a pretty common practice during the early to mid-1900s, and does continue today. A jewelry shop would commission a small run of watches directly from a watch manufacturer, such as Hamilton, Illinois, etc., who would then add markings for that jeweler at the factory to the dial, movement and/or case. This would allow for the jeweler to offer a customized branding of a high quality watch without the prohibitive cost of directly manufacturing the watch components and assembly.
The most common example that most will recognize is with Tiffany & Co., which for a short time did manufacture their own watches but realized it was cost prohibitive for their label and transitioned to commissioning watches from high-end watch manufacturers instead. On many of their vintage watches, you'll see the "Tiffany & Co" markings on the dial, and occasionally also stamped on the movement and case, but additional markings on the movement will show Longines, International Watch Co., etc. to also indicate the manufacturing company.
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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