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This would have been a watch that would have been accepted by some RRdoes the escapement information speak to quality?
Ill try to break it down for you, and will repeat some of what was already said because it will be easier.
You have a watch made by the Illinois Watch Company
The watch dates to a little before the turn of the century. PWDB says 1897
The watch movement is 18 sized, this means the actual mechanism (not the case) measures 1.8"
It is an 18 size, model 6. This is the overall design of this particular Illinois movement. It is openfaced (winds at 12) and lever set.
Lever set means in order to set the watch, you must open the front bezel and pull out the little lever in the upper right of the dial. Then rotate the crown to move the hands.
It was a fairly popular movement with an estimated production of 19,630 according to PWDB
It has 17 jewels. this is considered full jeweled with all of the important moving parts running in jeweled bearings instead of metal to metal contact.
It has a fast train, which is horological jargon for its beat rate. Yours ticks at 18,000 beats per hour.
The grade of the watch is 64. this is Illinois classification for a particular movement taking into consideration all of the features, jeweling, size, model, adjustments... everything
The Watch Case is made by the Crescent Watch Case Company, as Rob pointed out. It is gold filled. This means that the material used to make the case is a sheet of brass sandwitched in between two thinner sheets of gold.. This makes a stronger, more economical case than solid gold. In the article Rob linked, your case is noted to have a "20 year warranty". These year markings were used as a quality measure. Theoretically, if the gold wore through to the underlying brass in under 20 years, the company would replace the case. Your case is on the better end of gold filled quality with these warranties ranging from 5-25 to permanent in some cases.
The name on your dial and movement will be a jeweler most likely. Quite a few people here like to collect these jeweler labeled watches here, and it will be fun to see if someone recognizes the name.
Nice watch and have a good day! Please ask any questions you have and hopefully I didn't just confuse things
This is what the NAWCC exist for. Glad the experts here were able to help...and you are right. This watch is a piece of art...but a piece of American history too.Thank you so much, Rick
This is an AMAZING amount of information. I surely don't know enough to be disappointed - I am actually very excited! As far as I'm concerned this is a piece of art. This has been enormously helpful. You guys are TOPS !