Men’s 1902 Illinois 24 Jewel Bunn Special Pocket Watch

Men’s 1902 Illinois 24 Jewel Bunn Special Pocket Watch

Item: W2415

Watch's origin: American

Number of jewels: 24

Manufacturer: Illinois

Type of Watch:  Pocket

Type: Hunter

Size: 18s

Composition: Gold-Filled

Other Attributes:   Railroad
 With Box

Price: $3,495.00

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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.

One of the rarest, most desirable railroad-grade pocket watches ever made, this completely original 24 ruby jeweled "Bunn Special" is, in a word, breathtaking. Everything about this remarkable work of tactile art is impressive, from its PERFECT Gothic dial to its crisp yellow gold-filled case, wonderfully chased in period hand.

Open its double back and you'll find heart of magnificent proportions: a solid nickel movement with special order "4th pattern" damasceening, enamel inlaid engraving on its full plates and balance assembly. With suspended balance micrometer whip regulator, solid gold screw settings; solid gold train and fully adjusted to 6 six positions plus heat, cold and isochronism (the winding down of the mainspring), this watch was a monument to American Watchmaking and the Railroad Era.

Rare enough in open face, hunter case examples are virtually non-existent.

Offered in a custom-made burled walnut presentation case.