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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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4- ILLINOIS & ELGIN POCKET WATCHES
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
4- ILLINOIS & ELGIN POCKET WATCHES
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$25011 Bids
ILLINOIS WATCH CO. SPRINGFIELD SANGAMO SPECIAL A GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
Jun 24, 4:00 PM AEST
ILLINOIS WATCH CO. SPRINGFIELD SANGAMO SPECIAL A GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD500- AUD800
AUD4500 Bids
Seven (7) Pocket Watches
Jul 07, 1:00 PM EDT
Seven (7) Pocket Watches
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $800- $900
$4000 Bids
ILLINOIS WATCH CO. SPRINGFIELD SANTA FE SPECIAL A GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
Jun 24, 4:00 PM AEST
ILLINOIS WATCH CO. SPRINGFIELD SANTA FE SPECIAL A GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD500- AUD800
AUD4500 Bids
1920 Tiffany & co 18k Illinois 1XT grade 437 19j Pocket Watch -WWii Marine READ
Jun 24, 9:30 AM EDT
1920 Tiffany & co 18k Illinois 1XT grade 437 19j Pocket Watch -WWii Marine READ
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $3,500- $4,500
$2,2100 Bids
ILLINOIS TIME KING GRADE 406 POCKET WATCH
Jun 28, 11:00 AM EDT
ILLINOIS TIME KING GRADE 406 POCKET WATCH
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
14k Yellow Gold Hunter Case Pocket Watches
Jun 23, 10:00 AM CDT
14k Yellow Gold Hunter Case Pocket Watches
by Leonard Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$5000 Bids
ILLINOIS AUTOCRAT GILT OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
ILLINOIS AUTOCRAT GILT OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Illinois Pocket Watches


Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

Figlio Designs LLC

Figlio Designs LLC