Hi everyone. My grandmother was cleaning her basement yesterday and found 3 old pocket watches. She says that one belonged to her father (my great-grandfather).
I've identified it as being Illinois Watch Company circa 1916. The movement serial number is 2,843,148 The face and case are a little dirty but the internals look pretty good, even if they aren't running. The case is copper colored (maybe from corrosion, I don't know). It says 17 jewels inside. The inside of the back cover says "Emperor, BASE METAL, 759,358). The outside of the back cover has a train on it, but it's barely visible from corrosion. I haven't been able to find what model it is.
The other two watches are missing their internal components. One is from the Illinois Watch Case Company and is tin/silver colored. Inside it says "Illinois Watch Case Co., Nickel, Elgin, USA" and the case serial number? is 424,576.
The third watch is from the Hamilton Watch Company. Inside the case it says "Wadsworth, Refereee, Warranted 20 years" and the case serial number? is 2,765,323. The back of the watch has a floral and stripe pattern.
What I'd like to do is get a confirmation that the Illinois watch was made in 1916, and get an estimate of when the other two were made. I haven't been able to find that out since there aren't records for case serial numbers. Thanks for any help.
Illinois inside back cover. It says "Emperor, BASE METAL, 759,358".
Hamilton back (I couldn't get a good picture of the front)
Illinois Watch Case Company
All three watches together