Illinois Grade 706

Don Dahlberg

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Every once in a while the watch companies did a special presentation of one of their lines. Your new watch looks great. If you have Meggers and Ehrhardt Vol 2, look at page 266, 2nd row, 3rd column and you will see a Grade 305 with the same damaskeening pattern as your 706. The photo is black and white, so we cannot tell if it is two-tone (probably not), but it sure looks to be the same pattern, even on the edges. The 305 normally had a striped pattern.

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Russ Snyder

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Jim,

Two-tone versions were more common than one might expect. I have recorded other 17j Grade 706 movements with the same checkerboard pattern as yours. There are also several other two-tone patterns for this watch, including a "gold-spokes" pattern, a "wavy-striped" pattern, and a "diamond-striped" pattern.

These same patterns also appear on the 19j OF version, but the limited number of 21j movements (as well as hunter versions of the 17j and 19j watches) hasn't turned up any yet.

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Fred Hansen

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For those interested - serial #2868067 is also a tutone 706 but with different damaskeen pattern and the 706 marking on the barrel bridge.

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I found this old post on the 706,with the old pictures gone.So I was hoping someone would let me know if this watch was similar to what was being described. Does anyone have any pictures of similar style damaskeening on a 706.
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Jay
 
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