Illinois Bunn Special

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    Illinois Bunn Special

    This pocket watch was passed down to me a few months ago. It was my grandfathers and was used daily until his retirement from the railroad in 1970.

    Just thought I would share as it took me a while to find out more about this piece (at least till I found the NAWCC forums a ways back). This pocket watch is also the reason I can't stop looking and reading about time pieces in general.

    --- 1931 Illinois Bunn Special - 163A IIB -23j - 60hr Elinvar model 15. It's actually cased in a Ball case and not the original Bunn Special casing.




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    Re: Illinois Bunn Special

    Great watch and thanks for posting. One of the really high quality Illinois models made near the end of their production in the Illinois factory after Hamilton took them over.
    If you haven't already done so, please get this watch serviced by a good watchmaker. It's a priceless family heirloom, had a long life working on the railroad, and is a wonderful piece of machinery to boot. Do not ruin it by running it without cleaning and lubrication.

    There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson. ~ Victor Hugo

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    Re: Illinois Bunn Special

    ^^What he said^^

    You must be very proud to have such an amazing pocket watch as a family heirloom, and from your grandfather as well. Grandparents are wonderful people, full of whimsical old-worldy stuff, stories, home-cooking and cuddles. Get it overhauled and wear it with pride...And on that note, make sure you pick a good watchmaker, they can be surprisingly hard to find these days.

    I take it that the chain is a double albert? I can see the watch and the pocket-knife on the same type of links.
    "Pipes are occasionally of extraordinary interest...nothing has more individuality save, perhaps, watches and bootlaces."

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    Re: Illinois Bunn Special

    Quote Originally Posted by Shangas View Post

    You must be very proud to have such an amazing pocket watch as a family heirloom, and from your grandfather as well.

    I take it that the chain is a double albert? I can see the watch and the pocket-knife on the same type of links.
    Very proud of him. On his retirement day......




    ^^ See the shape in his chest pocket My mother still has no idea how he afforded such a watch back in the day. The chain is just a simple and straight, approx. 12 inches long.

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    Re: Illinois Bunn Special

    Oooh, I see the chain. He was obviously wearing the watch when he had his retirement photograph taken.

    What was he? An engineer?
    "Pipes are occasionally of extraordinary interest...nothing has more individuality save, perhaps, watches and bootlaces."

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