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    Learning about my Illinois Pocket Watch

    I found a site that I could run the serial number on and found it was made in 1921. Outside of that I was hoping to learn more about it here?
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    Re: Learning about my Illinois Pocket Watch

    Not sure what else you would like to know. Some of these things you may already know. It's a size 12. The warranty of 25 years on the case usually means it's 14K gold plated. I like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonD. View Post
    Not sure what else you would like to know. Some of these things you may already know. It's a size 12. The warranty of 25 years on the case usually means it's 14K gold plated. I like it!

    two things i didnt know, thanks :) Keeps stellar time

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    Re: Learning about my Illinois Pocket Watch

    I guess Im also trying to see what sets some of the models apart. I have seen nice ones sell for a few hundred to a few thousand.

    I have no desire to sell mine, just curious

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    Re: Learning about my Illinois Pocket Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by RonD. View Post
    . . . . The warranty of 25 years on the case usually means it's 14K gold plated. . . .
    Imagine that.

    Plated instead of rgp or gf.

    Usually?
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    Re: Learning about my Illinois Pocket Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by PixlPutterMan View Post
    I guess Im also trying to see what sets some of the models apart. I have seen nice ones sell for a few hundred to a few thousand.

    I have no desire to sell mine, just curious
    Railroad grade watches are more collectible.
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    Re: Learning about my Illinois Pocket Watch

    My point was not solid gold. Jeez, you're seriously gonna make a comment on gold plated vs rolled gold plated?

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    Railroad grade were like anti shock and anti magnetic?

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PixlPutterMan View Post
    I guess Im also trying to see what sets some of the models apart. I have seen nice ones sell for a few hundred to a few thousand.

    I have no desire to sell mine, just curious
    Railroad grade watches are more collectible.

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    Re: Learning about my Illinois Pocket Watch

    No, RR watches were adjusted and regulated to 4 sec./day and usually 5 positions. Your watch may have been adjusted as well as a RR watch, but size 12 watches were not accepted for RR use. Size 16 became the standard after the turn of the 20th century, but grandfathered size 18 watches were used into the 1930s.

    Anti-shock and anti-magnetic features were not considered, in fact anti-shock was a 1930s invention not usually seen in pocket watches as it became common after the pocket watch era.
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    Re: Learning about my Illinois Pocket Watch

    PixlPutterMan...Hello! Nice 12s Abe Lincoln...to my mind, quite unusual...'most' Illinois in this size ( there were many ), are not Abe Lincolns.

    This is a yellow gold filled case...brass sandwiched between gold ( probably 14K ). There were also cases with a sheet of gold on the outside, with brass / gilt on the inside, and gold plated ( very thin layer ). Most good-quality USA cases were gold filled...many RR cases, too.

    Take an evening some time, and do an Internet search on USA Pocket watch history and technology...there's a lot of neat info available.


    And: to my mind--and experience!--this is an easy watch to Service, and is probably (!) in very good condition...once it is cleaned & oiled, it would really glisten...Illinois watches are very-well made, and provided excellent value. I own several, including some RR Grade's, and think highly of them. Enjoy! Michael.

    Oh: feel free to PM me...I know USA watches pretty well, and enjoy talking about them.
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