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Discussion in 'Wrist Watches' started by artbissell, Dec 14, 2017.
Hamilton marked dial of a Swiss Illinois. artbissell
Once again forgot previous posting with interesting comments about this one in 2015. In PREVIOUS THREADS below.. I will replace the metal band with good leather. art
Wonderful Watch Art.
I am always fascinated by these... Marked Hamilton AND Illinois on the dial, Illinois ONLY on the movement and caseback.
I know that Fred Friedberg's new book is going to have a TON of incredible information on these and
the model names for them as well.
My age 88 eyes are adequate with this user and the original metal band is comfortable. An old ad shows both leather and metal.. art b.
The Illinois Watch Co. was taken over by Hamilton in the late 1920's and operated in Springfield, IL until the early 1930's. Hamilton maintained ownership of the "Illinois" brand and occasionally used it on some Hamilton watches in the 1930's and 1940's to keep the name in use.
The Hamilton-Illinois line was introduced by Hamilton around 1952-53, and were priced a bit below the standard Hamilton watches. These were some of the first Hamiltons that had Swiss movements. You can find some of the original catalogues that contain Hamilton-Illinois watches here: https://vintagewatchforums.com/viewforum.php?f=21&start=45
The 1950's Hamilton-Illinois watches have nothing to do with the 1920's versions, even those produced under Hamilton's ownership.
Interesting reference appreciated. art b.