Illinois Pocket Watch Railroad Grade Bunn Special in Sterling Silver Case

The Railroad Watch is a particularly American institution. These pocket watches were built, tested and regularly checked by railway Time Inspectors to make sure they conformed to rigid specifications. It cannot be emphasized enough how important Railroad Watches were to the safety of train passengers and freight during the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Railroad Watches’ quality, dependability and accuracy made them world famous. They were an important make that life-or-death tool for railways workers, and a constant source of pride and delight for the general public.

The Illinois Watch Company manufactured some of America’s best Railroad Watches. Produced from 1893 to 1923, the Bunn Special Railroad Grade Pocket Watch is generally recognized as a unimpeachable example of the genre.

This watch was manufactured around 1903, during the Illinois Bunn Special Railroad Grade Pocket Watch’s heyday. It boasts a pristine Bunn movement, cherished for its simplicity and durability. The unblemished enamel dial features the highly collectible Heavy Gothic script with its flamboyant numbers. The perfectly judged balance between the main dial and the seconds sub-dial – circumnavigated by pristine blued hands – complete a pocket watch of true class and distinction.

The Bunn Special Railroad Grade Pocket Watch nestles inside a period-correct Crescent Watch Case Co. sterling silver case, held firmly in place by an immaculate custom coin-edge bezel (not glued down like many). It’s the ideal size for dependable daily carry or pride of place on a desktop. It’s a sturdy yet beautiful watch from generations past, for generations to come.

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: 1675096
Grade: Bunn Special
Model: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1903
Run Quantity: 1,000
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
Barrel: Going
Train: Fast
Regulator: Reed
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 6
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes