Illinois Bunn Special 161B at Bonham's
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    Illinois Bunn Special 161B at Bonham's

    Last Tuesday's Bonham Auction featured a lot of really interesting and great rarities. I walked away with a Waltham with a vibrating hairspring stud, which admittedly with a production of ~200 is not that rare.

    In any case, one of the more interesting lots and real bargains of the sale was an Illinois Bunn Special 161B. These were made in the early 1940s after Hamilton had acquired Illinois. Hamilton continued tricking out Bunn Specials after the Illinois acquisition. The Bunn Special was likely the best known Illinois trademark, and I think that they wanted to keep it alive.

    It is thought that the 161B might have been a test-bed to see how the upcoming 992B might be received. It has a handful of features in common with the 992B, most notably the pressed in jewels.

    It is thought that there were probably around 50 of these made, although only a handful have come on the market in the past few years. The record was $40,000 about 10 years ago.

    The one that sold on Tuesday was very nice, and frankly was a bargain at $11K

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22404/lot/10/
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    Re: Illinois Bunn Special 161B at Bonham's

    Thanks for showing a real U.S. late model unknown to me rare one. artb

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