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    Illinois private label Getty model

    This is a 11j grade 171 16s model 5 from 1897, a total of 3500 were made of this variation including private labels. Despite being a low grade watch private label company Rowe Bros. of Chicago opted for a more upmarked double sunk dial.

    From ebay for $63.



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    Re: Illinois private label Getty model

    Nice watch, better price. Well done, nice bit-o-history.

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    Re: Illinois private label Getty model

    Nice buy. I think the click is very cute.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Illinois private label Getty model

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Nice buy. I think the click is very cute.
    The crescent shaped click was one of the trademarks of all Getty model 16 size Illinois, together with the single visible winding wheel. This entry level grade can be compared with a high level grade here:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/ill...ty-540229.html

    The design is the same.
    So now you all are able to identify a Getty Illinois!
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    Re: Illinois private label Getty model

    Very nice! I wonder if there's more rarity factor in a low-jewelled Getty model than a higher jewelled one?

    I had never heard the term 'Getty Model' until recently, even though at one time I owned one! It was a Samgamo 23J (NOT 'Sangamo Special') with the same click and hidden crown wheel, as well as a beautiful Illinois 'pyramid bow' case. I'll try and dig up my pics later and post them.

    11j? I gather the upper pivots on the escape, 3rd, and 4th wheel are not jewelled, then?

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    Re: Illinois private label Getty model

    Rarity factor depends of how many were made. For the watch in this thread there were totally 3500 made, only a very few of these were labeled with Rowe Bros. private label. For the watch in the linked thread only 1310 were made all over. Collectors will always go for higher grade, so a low volume low grade will not always be as desireable as a higher production high grade.
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    Re: Illinois private label Getty model

    Quote Originally Posted by Erik_H View Post
    Rarity factor depends of how many were made. For the watch in this thread there were totally 3500 made, only a very few of these were labeled with Rowe Bros. private label. For the watch in the linked thread only 1310 were made all over. Collectors will always go for higher grade, so a low volume low grade will not always be as desireable as a higher production high grade.
    That makes sense. The last sentence seems especially true with a VERY few exceptions, like the 15j Hamiltons.

    It leads me to wonder, though, how many of the lower grade ones have survived. I imagine the average person who bought such an 11j watch would be more likely to discard it when it got to the point of needing parts replaced than would someone owning a higher grade one. To analogize from car collecting, there were at least as many Ford Galaxys made in 1965 as Ford Mustangs, but there are a whole lot more 1965 Mustangs out there!

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    Re: Illinois private label Getty model

    It's interesting to see and compare the two variations of the Getty Illinois.

    I also love the click, it's a brilliant design for a simple yet essential device...
    it just looks so correct.

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