Illinois Pocket Watch Railroad Grade Bunn Special Housed in Nickel Silver 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.

Dating to 1923, this perfectly preserved pocket watch is a substantial 18-size. Its handsome, blemish-free dial boasts large, bold, black, serifed Arabic numerals with secondary indices indicating the minutes. The watch embodies all the legibility that made railroad watches mandatory safety equipment for America’s railroad system.

The Bunn Special is powered by the robust and hugely accurate 21 jewel movement, beautifully decorated with the highly sought-after bright spotted finish pattern.

This Bunn Special is immaculate in every detail. If you’re looking for the best of the best for everyday carry or a growing collection, this Bunn Special is an ideal choice.

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: 4432378
Grade: Bunn Special
Model: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1923
Run Quantity: 500
Total Production: 76,978
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Open face
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: Fast
Regulator: Reed
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 6
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes