Loading Spinner

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

See all items

Fine Illinois Bunn Special 21 Jewel Pocket Watch
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Fine Illinois Bunn Special 21 Jewel Pocket Watch
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1254 Bids
bp parity badge
ILLINOIS GOLD-FILLED POCKET WATCH
Oct 29, 11:00 AM EDT
ILLINOIS GOLD-FILLED POCKET WATCH
by Eldred's
Est: $150- $250
$1253 Bids
14K Gold Filled 19C. Antique Illinois Pocket Watch
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
14K Gold Filled 19C. Antique Illinois Pocket Watch
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$752 Bids
1913 ILLINOIS WATCH CO. LINCOLN PORTRAIT
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
1913 ILLINOIS WATCH CO. LINCOLN PORTRAIT
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids
1875 Illinois Watch Company Movement Plates Pin
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
1875 Illinois Watch Company Movement Plates Pin
by Nye & Company
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
bp parity badge
Rockford Watch Co., Illinois, pocket watch
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Rockford Watch Co., Illinois, pocket watch
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Illinois Pocket Watches


Hill Auction Gallery

Hill Auction Gallery

Eldred's

Eldred's

Nye & Company

Nye & Company

Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions