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MikeB
02-12-2003, 06:24 AM
Hi -

I have an Illinois 16 size 21J Burlington with a "Bulldog" RR dial in a RR case, dating from around 1924. The movement specifies that it is adjusted to "positions" but doesn't specify how many.

It is a high grade watch, but would it have been considered railroad approved? Would any Illinois Burlingtons have been considered as such?

Thanks -
Mike

Mike Bricker

MikeB
02-12-2003, 06:24 AM
Hi -

I have an Illinois 16 size 21J Burlington with a "Bulldog" RR dial in a RR case, dating from around 1924. The movement specifies that it is adjusted to "positions" but doesn't specify how many.

It is a high grade watch, but would it have been considered railroad approved? Would any Illinois Burlingtons have been considered as such?

Thanks -
Mike

Mike Bricker

Barry G
02-12-2003, 08:46 AM
Most (if not all) of these watches were only adjusted to 3 positions instead of 5, and they were not accepted for use on the majority of railroads.

I'm sure you could find an instance where a particular railroad accepted them for use, but in general they were not railroad approved and would not be considered "railroad" watches.

Regards,

Barry

My Online Pocket Watch Collection (http://barrygoldberg.net/watches.htm)

Fred Hansen
02-12-2003, 01:44 PM
Mike -

There is an early version of the Illinois Burlington that is a private label of the Sangamo grade and is adjusted to six positions. It is a scarce watch and one I would very much like to find.

There is a photo of one of these at: http://www.interstatetime.com/Posts/images/BurlingtonSangMvt.jpg (thanks to John Cote for maintaining his superb website with many excellent photos).

Fred

Kent
02-17-2003, 03:50 PM
Mike:

To quote from page 71 of "American Pocket Watches Vol. 2, Illinois Watch Co., Encyclopedia and Price Guide," William Meggers, Jr. & Roy Ehrhardt, Heart of America Press, Kansas City, MO, 1985 (still in print - see Heart of America Press (http://www.hoapress.com)),
Burlington Watch Co. watches were accepted in railroad time service by many railroads, notably the Union Pacific, until the early 1940’s.[HR][HR]

Kent

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