Burlington Special with a Dutch Touch

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    Burlington Special with a Dutch Touch

    I am a relatively new collector of vintage domestic (U.S.) pocket watches.

    I saw this watch come up on auction and I had to have it. I love the windmill on the case.

    I have loved the three finger movement of the Burlington's for years, but have been waiting for the right watch to come along.

    The watch arrived in decent shape. It ran smoothly, but needed some serious cleaning. I also had to put a new dust cover glass--I love that peek-a-boo view of the movement.

    The Montgomery dial is in great shape.

    I have had the watch running for the past 24 hours and I have slipped maybe +/- 4 seconds or so. A great addition for me.

    Here are a few pics.






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    Re: Burlington Special with a Dutch Touch

    Hi and welcome to the forum! That's a nice Burlington Special you have there. As you probably know, it was made by Illinois Watch Co under a long term private label contract. All Burlington watches were available through mailorder, and by eliminating distributors and jewelers they were able to sell at a more affordable price. Here is an ad from 1911:
    http://www.elginwatches.org/scans/no...pecial_hc.html

    Your watch was made about 1915. The case is very interesting; can you please post pictures of the inside of the glass covered cuvette, and also the markings on inside caseback?
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    Re: Burlington Special with a Dutch Touch

    Erik,

    Thanks! I was aware that Burlington's were made by the Illinois Watch Co.. However, I didn't knonw that they were all available via mailorder. Great ad. Thanks for the link.

    I can post a pic of the markings of the inside case back, but a I need some more instructions about what you are looking for in regards to the "inside of the glass covered cuvette." I am still learning the terminology.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Burlington Special with a Dutch Touch

    The inner caseback, or dustcover with a glass in it. If it is hinged, then it is called a cuvette. I would like to see how the glass is mounted. Case markings would be on inside of the outer (solid) caseback.
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    Re: Burlington Special with a Dutch Touch

    Erik,

    I am also aware of the Elgin site and had identified the movement. The serial # printed on the back cover is: 3038960

    Is the bezel/glass that covers the movement threaded? How does one remove it?

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    Re: Burlington Special with a Dutch Touch

    There are no other markings than the serial number inside outer caseback? The inner back cover, if not hinged, would be either threaded or snap on. Help on how to open:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=158603

    If you are unsure, bring it to a watchmaker.
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    Re: Burlington Special with a Dutch Touch

    Quote Originally Posted by Erik_H View Post
    There are no other markings than the serial number inside outer caseback? The inner back cover, if not hinged, would be either threaded or snap on. Help on how to open:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=158603

    If you are unsure, bring it to a watchmaker.
    Erik, I don't have my camera with me, but I was able to snap out the glass inner case back. The number engraved on the case is B38960.

    As I mentioned before the cover had the # 3038960. It reads, "The Burlington Watch Co. Guarantees This Case TO Be Made of Two Plates of Solid Gold Over Composition and to Wear for 25 Years.

    Hope this helps what you're looking for. Any info you have would be great!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Burlington Special with a Dutch Touch

    What an absolutely stunning watch! I love the glass cuvette on the back. How old is it?
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    Re: Burlington Special with a Dutch Touch

    Looks fantastic~Cheers!

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    Re: Burlington Special with a Dutch Touch

    Quote Originally Posted by Shangas View Post
    What an absolutely stunning watch! I love the glass cuvette on the back. How old is it?
    The serial # on the movement indicates that was probably made in 1915.

    The glass is appealing to me, too!

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