Description

Manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company, Grade: Bunn Special

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1867404
Grade: Bunn Special
Model: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1906
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 76,978
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Finish Pattern: Bright Spotted
Movement Signing Style: Old English
Movement Inlay Color: Black
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Train: Coarse
Regulator: Reed
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 6
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes

Early Illinois Railroad Grade Bunn Special Housed in the Popular Salesman Display Case

John Whitfield Bunn was one of the two brothers behind the Illinois Watch Company. A friend and financier of Abraham Lincoln, the founder’s elaborate signature appears on the company’s most famous pocket watch: the Bunn Special. Additionally, the Illinois Watch Company was once one of the great American railroad watch manufacturers. Pocket watches like this Illinois Grade Bunn Special Model 6, manufactured in 1906, represent the pinnacle of the Ilinois Watch Company’s railroad grade timepieces.

Less than 100,000 of this model were produced, placing this timepiece comfortably within the realm of rare watches. Its size 18 movement is housed in a salesman’s display case allowing for easy viewing of the movement and to display the highly popular fish scale damaskeen pattern on the movement.

Meanwhile, the dial is yet another exciting feature of this watch. It is a double sunk Montgomery dial with a distinctive “Old English” Arabic numeral font. Aside from their popularity and ease of reading time, the Montgomery dial is historically and horologically significant in relation to the famous jeweler Webb C. Ball. Montgomery and Ball were often in conflict with each other over the design of the Montgomery design and its use as a railroad grade dial. In the end despite Ball’s efforts to restrict the Montgomery dial, Montgomery managed to prevail at least on a limited scale, enough that the dial saw use on the railroads, but at a level that keeps railroad grade watches featuring the dial, deep in rare territory.

If you’re a fan of Montgomery dials, vintage watches, and railroad-grade timepieces this watch is a must-have. It displays beautifully along with the salesman display case to show off the movement in action.

 

$2,275

1 in stock

DETAILS

Overall Condition: Excellent
Case: Manufactures display case – Excellent
Dial: A few very minor craze lines – shows beautifully – very good
Movement: 
Excellent

Warranty: Full one-year warranty.
Service: All our treasured timepieces are completely disassembled, expertly cleaned, and oiled using the finest quality watch oil and gear grease and adjusted for accuracy.

Included with all orders: quality gift box, velvet pouch, tarnish-free paper, display stand (pictured), and polishing cloth
Orders under: $2,500 are shipped USPS Priority Mail with signature confirmation.
Orders over: $2,500 are shipped FedEx Overnight with signature confirmation.

Description

Manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company, Grade: Bunn Special

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1867404
Grade: Bunn Special
Model: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1906
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 76,978
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Finish Pattern: Bright Spotted
Movement Signing Style: Old English
Movement Inlay Color: Black
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Train: Coarse
Regulator: Reed
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 6
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes