Hey everyone. I was recently gifted a family heirloom that has been in the fam for quite some time. I am completely nuts over watches and timekeeping in general, but I am still floored that I ended up with such a gem. Yesterday I decided I would try to open the case after watching a knowledgeable guy open one on youtube. I couldn’t believe it but it came loose with a simple twist. I stopped twisting, broke out a camera, and began filming with my brother in law to capture the event. What an exhilarating moment! (I’m a serious dork I know) My heart was actually beating out of my chest. It was gorgeous as you can see in the pictures included. The depth of knowledge that I possess regarding time and the bits and pieces involved in such is far from extraordinary, but I am learning every day. Despite that, I felt that this 1923 Illinois Watch Co pocket watch was special.
It is clearly in need of work so today I took it to a local watchmaking genius named Tim here in Lexington, South Carolina and learned a ton in just a few minutes. He mentioned that around 1924 the company phased out of pocket watches and would eventually be taken over by Hamilton Watch Co. He was taken back by the condition and how rare this particular piece was. I was already amped about it, but this fueled that fire immensely. The front screws off as well to reveal a lever which when pulled out allows for setting the time. The spring is still intact but the barrel is shot and it wont wind. I am due to take it in the first part of 2018 and let Tim go to work. What a day. Just wanted to share this story as it is just getting started. Who knows where this thing will be in another 100 years, but I will do my part in keeping it ticking.
If you are interested, here is the link to the video we shot of me opening the case back for the first time...
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