Imperial Watch Co. Chicago Pocket Watch

Discussion in 'American Pocket Watches' started by Kent, Apr 13, 2005.

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  1. Kent

    Kent Registered User
    NAWCC Member

    Hi Earl:

    Welcome to the NAWCC Pocket Watch Message Board!

    According to the serial number vs. grade and date lists in "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), serial number 1,063,663 is an 18-size, hunting-case, 15-jewel, grade No. 60 (a movement adjusted to temperature and isochronism), built in about 1891. If one were to consider all jeweled watch movements as being separated into three groups; low; medium; and high; then this movement can be considered to be in the middle of the medium group.

    Your watch seems to be a 'private label,' or 'contract,' watch. Just about all the watch companies, including the Swiss firms, would mark both the watch movements and/or the dials in just about any manner for any customer who wished to pay for the service. I don't have any exact references for the costs, but I've heard (read?) that, for some companies, if five or more watches were ordered, there was no charge for marking the movements. Special dials were said to cost 25 or 50 cents each. Some watch manufacturers were more liberal. The Illinois Watch Co. probably produced the largest number of private label watches, a number of which, mostly those with names associated with railroads, are considered to be highly collectable.

    As it says in the upper left-hand corner of this page, we don’t provide timepiece values. However, by knowing the proper description of your watch, by using a google search you should be able to find similar watches offered by internet dealers, or on eBay, and see what they are selling for. Alternately, check the value in the "Complete Price Guide to Watches, No 25," C. Shugart, T. Engle and R. Gilbert, Cooksey Shugart Publications, Cleveland, TN, 2005. A new edition comes out each year in February. The book is available at libraries, most major bookstores and online at the NAWCC Gift Shop. The No 24 (the 2004) edition is shown, but contact them and ask for No. 25.

    Good luck,
  2. Jon Hanson

    Jon Hanson Registered User

    Aug 24, 2000
    Boston, Ma.
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    Or, you can acquire an Illlinois Watch Co. serial number look up with all other pertinent information by Dr Snyder, Illinois Watch Co expert, for a chapter 149 donation towards educational research!
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