Trying to identify Illinois pocket watch
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    Trying to identify Illinois pocket watch

    Hi, I'm new I recently inherited an Illinois pocket watch, which I know nothing about. The movement is very smooth. I cannot figure out how to open it. I hope someone can give me some information on when it was made, anything special about the model, model name or number, value, and anything else I can find out about it. Your input is greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Trying to identify Illinois pocket watch

    From the dial arrangement and style I'm guessing a 12 size 15 or 17 jewel movement.

    The appears to me to be a screw-off style-try just opening as you would a jar. If it seems "tight" try pressing straight down on the back rather than squeezing in from the sides. There are other tricks to getting a screw back case loose, but we can look into those only if simple unscrewing doesn't work.
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    Re: Trying to identify Illinois pocket watch

    Yep. The back unscrewed. On the inside of the cover I found:

    (Delta Sign)27181
    Wadsworth
    Quality
    Rolled Plate
    7212194

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    Re: Trying to identify Illinois pocket watch

    Movement Serial Number:1982991
    Grade:228
    Model: 2
    Estimated Production Year: 1907
    Run Quantity: 600
    Size:12s
    Jewels:15j
    Movement Configuration:Hunting
    Movement Finish: Nickel
    Movement Setting: Pendant
    Plate: 3/4 Plate
    Barrel: Going
    Adjusted: No
    Railroad Grade: No




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