Some watches were meant to be carried as a constant companion to mark all of life's events, and this is one of them. This vintage piece is perfect for daily use because it's been converted to display, allowing you to gaze for hours at the intricacies of its gear train without having to remove the rear cover. Don't miss out on this century-old survivor from the early 1920s.
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The Illinois Springfield Co got its start in 1870, transitioning in name to the Illinois Watch Co some 15 years later and making the early decision to turn out only mid- and higher-grade pieces. One of their most popular 16-size designs was the Model 7, a pendant-set bridge layout that became the foundation for many different grades. This Grade 305 is an original combination of case and movement, and has just been thoroughly restored with all components matching and correct. It carries seventeen jewels on exceptionally clean plates with a full set of gilt hardware, including an intact regulator. The uncommon red-ball dial is much sought-after among collectors, and this one is in excellent shape behind maroon spade-and-poker hands. The Keystone nickel-silver case was converted to display to extend its service life and to eradicate a nasty dent in the rear cover. The French bow is tight, the color-matched crown is still fairly sharp, and both bezels sport NOS beveled glass. Matching lanyard and display stand included.
Manufacturer - Illinois
Serial Number - 3922302
Watch Size - 16
Watch Model - 7
Watch Grade - 305
Jewel Count - 17
Winding/Setting - Stem/Pendant
Production Year - 1921
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