Illinois Wristwatch ID

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    Illinois Wristwatch ID

    I like most am having a hard time identifying these 2 pieces. One is a 14k Illinois Master. The case that is not 14k white gold is nickeloid. Does anyone know the model names of these?


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    Re: Illinois Wristwatch ID

    Not sure if those typical cushion shaped watches ever had model names. And speaking speaking as someone that has worked on many of them, you really can't be certain the case is original. Sometimes you see a name on the inside back, but that is usually the name of the case.

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    Re: Illinois Wristwatch ID

    The second movement you show, with # 5264090, was made around 1929. Hamilton bought the company buy then

    Illinois Watch Company: History, Serial Numbers & Production Dates

    This, if you scroll down to wristwatches you see many names they called them.

    Illinois Watch Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Yours could be the cushion, not sure, but here are some.

    Vintage Watch Forums :: View topic - Illinois Spotlight- Super Unique Cushions


    They are great looking watches.
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    Re: Illinois Wristwatch ID

    Hi FANTASTIC pieces - REALLY

    I think the first one is called 'The Special'
    The second I think 'The Cushion'

    Thats the best matches I could find from Fred Freidberg EXCELLENT book The Illinois watch
    There are two experts on Illinois - Fred Freidberg and Greg Hart. Both VERY contactable

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