While not a score on the magnitude of Giotime's $15 Rolex score of the other day. I did come across what I thought was a good score.
Yesterday, I stopped at my local thrift store on the way home from work(I have to pass by it to get to my home so I try to stop almost every day)
I looked at the watch section but saw nothing of interest. By chance I ran into the person that takes care of the jewelry counters there and asked if there was any old watches not yet put out. She says she has one that does not work right that she was going to put in one of the bulk jewelry boxes(this store sells these plastic tubs with a lot of custom jewelry and watches in and charges $50 to $500 for them depending on size and amount of things in them)
She goes to the back and comes back with this 16s Illinois pocket watch. She says it does not set. One look at the watch explains why it does not set. It is a lever set watch.
She offers it to me for $25 plus tax
So I buy it and take it home as i don't have an Illinois pocket watch in my collection.
It is a one piece case where the movement swings out. I pull the crown up(as if the set it) and swing the movement out. (Always pull the stem up as if you are setting the watch out before swinging out the movement or else you will snap stem)
It is there that I get 2 shocks.
Shock #1 is that the watch in question is a Illinois Sangamo (a top of the line railroad watch)
Shock #2 is that it is a 14k case
I took it to my watchmaker this morning and was told other then the small cracks and chips on the lower part of the dial and some fading of the 30 second marker on the subdial that the watch is in great shape and is spot on according to the timeographer.
The other questions was if the watch case was truly solid gold. Inside the case was W.W.C. Co and under that was 14K and under that was Warranted. The case was made by Wadsworth Case Company. Sources on the internet stated that because it said 14K and warranted without a number that it is a 14k solid gold watch. However there were a few folks that also stated the fact that it said warranted meant it was not solid gold.
Well my watchmaker confirmed with a couple of tests that the watch is indeed 14k solid gold and this is one of the ways W.W.C.Co denoted a solid gold case.
He also stated that a 14k solid gold illinois Sangamo is not really common.
This looks to be a keeper. It is shortly to be left at the watchmaker for cleaning and servicing.
The pics were taken at home and at the watchmaker's (hence the counter with rings)