Illinois pocket watch

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  1. Jason sta

    Jason sta Registered User
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    I have this 19j Burlington (Illinois) pocket watch that has an interesting dial on it. It has a Portugal flag and a us flag on it. The movement is from 1908ish. The Portuguese flag was changed in 1911 to the flag that's on the dial. I've been looking for info on it for awhile now. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.

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  2. John Cote

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    I usually don't like dials which people painted after the fact but there are exceptions. I do like this one because whoever did the painting seems to have done a great job. We will never know why someone did this but I would imagine it might have been done by a Portuguese immigrant who wanted to show where he was from and that he was proud of his new home too. I doubt that the dial is original to the watch as I would expect to see a Burlington dial on this watch.

    Anyway it is an interesting dial.
     
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  3. musicguy

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    Well said, that's what I thought too.


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  4. Jason sta

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    Thank you for your help. I was thinking it should have a Burlington dial as well. To be honest, I didn't realize it was a Burlington watch until later. After examining the dial under loupe, I will concur that it is paint. If you look close enough, you can see the brush strokes. I didn't even think to see if it were paint until you said something. I will agree with you saying it was it was done well.
     

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