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    Illinois high grade Getty

    This is an Illinois Getty, a high grade 187 which was made as hunter or open face. This is a 16 size 17 jewel hunter case made in 1901. They made 1310 of this variation between 1897 and 1903. It is adjusted to 6 positions, temperature and isochronism. As a high grade Illinois 16s for the time, the 187 was a true railroad grade watch (in open face version, some railroads accepted hunters at the turn of the century). For Illinois watches at the time, if you want to look for high quality, look for the statement of "Ruby Jewels" on the movement. If it has that, it is a high quality Illinois watch. The Getty models all have just one single visible winding wheel. The 187 was the main Illinois 17 jewel 16s railroad watch until the 16s Bunn model took over in about 1913.

    This watch has a slightly later Burlington 25 years gold filled case, and probably a dial change at the same time as the original may have had Old English lettering.










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    Re: Illinois high grade Getty

    Thats a very pretty case and movement.

    looking at the pics... the movement sits proud of the case? I dont know if this is the pics... or how it actually is? In which case... is that normal for this type of watch? or just a result of it being re-cased?

    Again.. great looking watch!
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    Re: Illinois high grade Getty

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparcster View Post
    Thats a very pretty case and movement.

    looking at the pics... the movement sits proud of the case? I dont know if this is the pics... or how it actually is? In which case... is that normal for this type of watch? or just a result of it being re-cased?

    Again.. great looking watch!
    It should be even with the case, so an anomaly by the last watchmaker who worked on it.
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    Re: Illinois high grade Getty

    I think the case is a good example of the style of Art Nouveau, or Jugend style as it was known in Europe. What do you all think?
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    A beautiful watch and a seriously sweet case!
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    Re: Illinois high grade Getty

    great looking case, and love the sort of wave pattern on the movement

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    That's a good looking, high quality Illinois movement.

    I suppose the case could be said to be Art Nouveau in style, especially the non Dragon side.
    When I think of Art Nouveau I think curves and symetry as in a Moorcock vase, your watch
    certainly has elements of this.

    Nice one.

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    Re: Illinois high grade Getty

    very nice case and movement, thanks for sharing
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