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A Brief History
In the late 1870s, the Illinois Springfield Watch Company underwent a reorganization and was renamed the "Illinois Watch Company," with Jacob Bunn Sr., a prominent Illinois industrialist and close political ally of Abraham Lincoln, taking over as chief executive. Under his leadership, the company experienced significant growth, expanding its workforce from 260 employees in 1879 to 400 in 1880. The production of watch movements also saw a substantial increase during this period, from 33,285 units in 1879 to 47,065 units in 1880. By 1890, Illinois Watch Company had extended its reach with corporate offices in Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco, and played a key role in pioneering the logistical technology necessary for the implementation of standard time across global railroads. At its peak, the company employed around 1,200 people, underscoring its impact and success in the watchmaking industry. Read more ⇢

Vintage 31.5mm Illinois 9512 Men's Manual Wristwatch Swiss 10k RGP w Waffle Dial

$153.00

Vintage Illinois 17 Jewel Men's Mechanical Wristwatch Grade 607 10k RGP Runs

$139.50

Vintage Hamilton Illinois Debonair G 17J Men Mechanical Wristwatch 9523 10k RGP

$274.50

Vintage Certina 5503 Men's Automatic Wristwatch Stainless w Illinois Case Rare

$216.00

Vintage Illinois 17J Men's Manual Wristwatch Grade 207 10k Gold Filled Art Deco

$234.00

Antique 16S Illinois Lambert Bros 17Jewel Hunter Railroad Pocket Watch 186 10kGF

$247.50

Antique 16 Size Burlington Mechanical Railroad Pocket Watch Illinois 107 GF FOE

$270.00

Antique 12S Illinois Mechanical Pocket Watch Autocrat GF w Sunburst Dial

$261.00

Antique 18S Illinois Railroad Pocket Watch 79 10k Gold Filled Beaded Style

$328.50

Antique 16 Size Illinois Mechanical Pocket Watch Grade 184 Gold Filled 3 Finger

$193.50

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