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Illinois Pocket Watches

Harkening from Springfield, the state capital, the Illinois Watch Company represents a bit of the rich horological history of America. Formed in 1869 by a group of prominent Springfield businessmen, the timepiece company produced its first pieces in 1872, with production still ramping up over the following years.

By 1879 the company had officially named themselves the “Illinois Springfield Watch Company,” but after some corporate reorganization, reemerged six years later as simply the “Illinois Watch Company.” Despite these administrative changes, the quality of the Illinois pocket watch remained consistent, and the brand developed a reputation as a preeminent pocket timepiece. Though all of their surviving pieces are worthy of showcase, perhaps most celebrated are their key-wound and key-set watches, which are relative rare.


Quick Facts

  • One of Illinois Springfield Watch Company’s founding directors, John T. Stuart, was a former partner of Abraham Lincoln, who himself went on to become United States President
  • Their first watch series were named after their founding directors: fir the “Stuart,” followed by the “Mason,” “Bunn,” and “Miller”
  • It is estimated that Illinois Watch Company produced just under 6 million watches during its six decades as an organization (the company was purchased by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1927 and ceased production)

Recommended Items at Auction

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Fine Illinois Bunn Special 23 Jewels 163 Pocket Watch
Dec 12, 7:00 PM EST
Fine Illinois Bunn Special 23 Jewels 163 Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$3509 Bids
LOT OF 4: ILLINOIS WATCH CO. POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 4: ILLINOIS WATCH CO. POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$3257 Bids
Great Antique Bunn special sixty hour 23 jewel pocket watch
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Great Antique Bunn special sixty hour 23 jewel pocket watch
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$1956 Bids
Lot Of Three Illinois Hampden Running Mens Large Antique Pocket Watches
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Lot Of Three Illinois Hampden Running Mens Large Antique Pocket Watches
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $100- $1,000
$1005 Bids
Antique Illinois 21 Jewels Time King Pocket Watch
Dec 07, 6:00 PM EST
Antique Illinois 21 Jewels Time King Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$72 Bids
14K GOLD ILLINOIS WATCH CO. H/C POCKET WATCH & ROPE CHAIN.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
14K GOLD ILLINOIS WATCH CO. H/C POCKET WATCH & ROPE CHAIN.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,200- $2,400
$6000 Bids
LOT OF 3: ILLINOIS GOLD FILLED 21J O/F POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 3: ILLINOIS GOLD FILLED 21J O/F POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
14K GOLD POCKET WATCH AND GOLD FOB.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
14K GOLD POCKET WATCH AND GOLD FOB.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
Sangamo Illinois Pocketwatch with Stand
Dec 10, 11:00 AM CST
Sangamo Illinois Pocketwatch with Stand
by Circle Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
LOT OF 2: ILLINOIS BUNN SPECIAL RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: ILLINOIS BUNN SPECIAL RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
LOT OF 2: ILLINOIS BUNN SPECIAL RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: ILLINOIS BUNN SPECIAL RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
Antique Illinois Supreme 14K Gold Filled 17 Jewels Pocket Watch
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Antique Illinois Supreme 14K Gold Filled 17 Jewels Pocket Watch
by Stuart Kingston Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Illinois Pocket Watches


Morphy Auctions

Morphy Auctions

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

William Smith Auctions

William Smith Auctions

Hess Fine Art

Hess Fine Art