Watch's origin: American
Number of jewels: 17
Case: Keystone/J. Boss
Type of Watch: Wrist
Lug Width: 16mm
Dimension: 30mm long by 35mm wide
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 wrist watch 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.
With a look that exemplifies the Deco movement, this exceedingly rare and desirable men's green white-filled "Piccadilly" wristwatch has everything going for it: a great maker, superb condition, and extreme Deco styling. Probably named for the famous "Piccadilly Theatre" of Hyde Park in Chicago, this model is as grand and mesmeric as its namesake. Considered one of the rarest, most attractive wristwatches in American watch-making, this remarkable timepiece has a stunning case featuring a mesmeric "balloon" shape, fluted bezel and magnificently restored dial with seconds bit at the "9 o'clock" position.
This example is one of the finest we've had the pleasure to admire and offer. Measuring 30mm long by 35mm wide (!); this work of wrist art easily recognizable and simply exquisite.
We've taken the liberty of completely cleaning, oiling and calibrating the original 17 ruby jewel movement so that it keeps time as it was intended. Fitted it with a black cordovan strap and matching buckle, this work of horological art comes in a period watch box.
The unusual shape of this "Piccadilly" case, combined with its condition, make it the timepiece one wears to create insurmountable envy among partners, co-workers and business associates.