Illinois Pocket Watch – Art Deco Gentlemen’s Dress Pocket Watch of the Day

By the 1920’s, the Illinois Watch Company was one of America’s premier manufacturers of railroad watches – pocket watches famed for their accuracy, legibility and durability. As disposable income soared, Illinois modified its products to appeal to Americans’ growing fashion sense.

This 1927 Illinois watch’s stylized hands, numbers and checkered center embody the exuberance of the Art Deco movement sweeping the industrialized world. The dial’s gently faded patina does nothing to detract from the watch’s historical significance, and much to enhance it.

The 19 jewel movement is a direct descendant of Illinois’ railroad watches. Unlike its forebears, it is stem set for convenience and dust protection (a gentleman’s prerogative). The movement’s Geneva stripes and decorated barrels add the perfect touch of glamor.

The case is beautifully engraved, extending to the bow perched above a large onion-domed crown.

This Art Deco Illinois pocket watch captures the romance and optimism of the time.

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




Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 4974961
Grade: 127
Model: 3
Estimated Production Year: 1927
Run Quantity: 1,400
Total Production: 26,000
Size: 12s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Setting: Raised Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Open face
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Bridge Plate
Bridge Type: Center
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Regulator: Reed
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: No