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How to Open a Watch Case While opening a watch isn't rocket science, a watch can be damaged if you try to open it incorrectly. A good description of how to open a pocket watch case and background information can be found herethanks to the work of Kent Singer.

The Bunn grade was supplanted in by the size, jewel Bunn Special and then the jewel Bunn Special grade watches whose jewelling is excellently illustrated in a Illinois adalthough it continued to be produced until after World War I.

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The first company Directors were J. The Springfield plant was closed, having made nearly six million watches in its 61 years of existence. Jeweler marks are highlighted There are often small numbers called "jeweler marks" scratched on the inside of the case.

Not all vintage watches can be dated using the serial number.

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Not sure which serial number to use? The jeweler would then put the movement and the case together. I recommend you use the Elgin Online Database to learn approximately what year your watch was made.

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Since your serial number falls between those two numbers, you know that your watch was made in or The early Illinois models were key-wound and key-set and are quite collectible today. Both grades of watches, the Bunn and Sangamo and their Special versions, were heavily promoted as being adjusted to six positions.

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High volume watches will tend to be closer to the date listed, while expensive, high quality watches will tend to be the ones that have misleading dates. People would go to the local jewelry store, pick out a watch movement that they liked, and then with the money left over, they would pick out a watch case.

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Illinois Serial Numbers, Grade Determination and Dating In seeking information about a watch, it is the serial number on the movement the "works" that is important.

Note that we're using the serial number from the watch movement, not from the watch case. Can't find YOUR exact serial number in our lookup tables?

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Hamilton continued producing Illinois watches in the Hamilton factory until Illinois watches continued to be produced as different designs from Hamilton watches until when the name was retired.

Original content copyright Sangamon County Historical Society. Case serial number is highlighted For the most part, case serial numbers only server to confuse people about what kind of watch they have. So, the owner would sometimes go through two or three cases over the life time of the watch.