Watch's origin: American
Number of jewels: 19
Type of Watch: Pocket
The Illinois Watch Company is, without question, one of the jewels in the crown of American Watch Houses. Organized in Springfield, Ill. shortly after the Civil War, the company turned out during its 58-year run some of the most magnificent timepieces ever to come to light in this country. Pocket watches with names such as "Bunn Special," "Sangamo Special" and "Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire" and wristwatches such as the "Piccadilly," "Marquis" and "Speedway" — all went from innovation, to wide reception to legend. Illinois was farsighted enough to be one of the first American manufacturers to chase the silly idea of marketing a wristlet for men. Having made "convertible wristlets" for women, which could be used as a pendant, hung from a pin or worn with a cord or chain around the wrist, Illinois saw the rabid reception that wristlets received during WWI and felt the time had come for expanded wristwatch manufacture.
Illinois Watch Company, known for their obsessive attention to detail, produced watches that were exciting, elegant, and extraordinarily well-crafted. Today these watches are prized by collectors and designers for their look and reliability.
What a delight, then, to be able to offer this magnificent Illinois Watch Company "Gentleman's" set consisting of a 12 size pocket watch in breathtaking condition; a period "fettered" watch-chain and turn-of-the century German vest knife — all in its original jeweler's box!
How much finer could a gentleman's watch be? A 19 ruby jeweled "Autocrat" movement with screw-jewel settings, gold lettering, true sunburst damaskeening, whip regulator and compensated balance all work harmoniously to bring correct time to the lucky owner. A SPECTACULAR double-sunk "gilt" Illinois-marked dial with outer minutes track, blue Breguet hands and oversized rotating sub-seconds register are complemented by bold, stylized numerals and ALL are contained in a stylish, white gold-filled case.
A matching period "Fettered" watch chain with chased links measures a full 14 inches long; combine this with a 2 3/4 inch vest knife with rococo chasework and you have a set worthy of the finest gentleman!
This rare set is housed in one of the most impressive jeweler's boxes we've had the pleasure to offer: a silk and velvet lined presentation case retailed by Aug. H. Krohn, jeweler, of Evansville, Indiana. The condition of this presentation box is as spectacular as its contents, in much the same condition as the day it left Mr. Krohn's shop.
We have taken the liberty of completely cleaning, oiling and servicing this impressive timepiece so that it can be given as a most thoughtful gift and worn with ease.
To the patron tasteful enough to recognize the quality of this gentleman's set — we congratulate you!