Turn of the Century Illinois Pocket Watch Housed in this Stunning Hunting Case
In the early part of the last century, pocket watch buyers would often choose their movement and case separately. To avoid that prospect, to profit on both the case and watch, the Illinois Watch Company’s artisans lured customers with captivating case engravings.
This 1902 Illinois Model 4 – one of a run of just 500 pieces – is a rare example of an upmarket pocket watch with both its dial and original case in immaculate condition – having dodged the all-too-familiar ravages of time.
The pocket watch’s stately Roman numerals and flowing Arabic indices are unmarred and crystal clear. The trademarked branding script delights the eye, while elegant hands ensure maximum legibility.
The Illinois’ hunter case presents a charming seaside scene, complete with a pair of seagulls wheeling in the distance. It houses a pristine grade 173 movement, completing a pocket watch that combines character with practicality. A functional work of art.
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 Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1629347
Estimated Production Year: 1902
Run Quantity: 500
Total Production: 28,129
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Railroad Grade: No