Watch's origin: American
Number of jewels: 17
Type of Watch: Wrist
Lug Width: 16mm
Dimension: Approx. 40mm long by 31mm 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 wristwatch manufacturing.
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.
We're delighted to offer this stunningly original Deco-era Illinois wristwatch in a white gold-filled case. Measuring approx. 40mm long by 31mm wide, this beefy wristwatch exudes the type of early 20th Century panache usually reserved for the likes of Cary Grant and Gary Cooper.
Everything about this timepiece resonates the era! Its bone-original dial is adorned with large, luminous boxcar numerals, "stained glass" hands and a true graduated sub-seconds register. And what a case: white gold-tone work adorns all eight sides of the bezel.
Its case, engraved "S.W. Gisriel/from Kennel No. 8/August 17, 1927" opens to reveal a magnificent little time-machine: a completely restored, fully calibrated 17 ruby jeweled mechanical mechanism that keeps accurate time as it was intended. Engineered during a time when the automobile still sported wooden spokes, this futuristic wrist-machine is glorious. Few mechanisms today are as well engineered as this example.
We've taken the liberty of fitting the watch with one of our custom cordovan straps and matching buckle. Those blessed with excellent taste do not wear cheap watches; instead, they wear bits of horological history so their friends can become envious. Don't allow mediocrity on your wrist …