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Jim Haney

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These are interesting watches by Illinois made for Sears Roebuck & Co.. This Hunting version is Grade 175 a Getty Model with the 1 finger bridge.The Blue Illinois book says that this grade was made in a run of 200 and the OF model was made in a run of 150, so these would be considered rare

BTW, the 16s Illinois program in Chattanooga by Fred Sr & Fred Jr was a educational experience for me because I did not know about all the different 16s Illinois Models, especially these 1, 2, 3 finger bridge models Getty's.

I bought this watch at that show. It has a Fancy dial instead of the marked Inter-State dial so, that leaves it open to speculation, however I have seen Fancy dials on these before. It is in a beautiful Multicolored GF case that has 3 generations inscribed on the dust cover, I don't know it original to the watch, and would vote no if i had to.



The "Interstate Chronometer" marked Illinois watches were made for and sold by Sears Roebuck & Company.

I believe the 18 and 16 size were made in 23 and 17 jewel grades, 12 size in 21 and 17 jewel grades, and 0 size in 17 and 15 jewel grades.

18 size
Bunn Special 23 jewel OF
Bunn Special 23 jewel HC
Grade 89 17 jewel OF
Grade 89 17 jewel HC

16 size
Sangamo 23 jewel OF
Sangamo 23 jewel HC
Grade 175 17 jewel OF
Grade 175 17 jewel HC
Grade 605 17 jewel OF
Grade 605 17 jewel HC



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The Initials and dates on the case are 3-9-1912, which is correct for the watch,1961,1978

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I love these high end Sears watches too Jim. I think the first time I met young Fred at a Chicago Regional back in the late '80s or very early '90s I had just bought my first Interstate Chronometer. It was a 16s 23j OF. Little Freddy took me over to meet his dad and to talk about the Getty model. We have all be great friends since. I actually met Glen Ellington, at about the same time, through and Interstate Chronometer related experience too.

As far as the dial is concerned, I think Sears would have done almost anything to sell a watch. I have my doubts that the dial came on the watch from the factory but it could be original to the watch in that the original buyer wanted a different dial. Who cares. It is a little beauty.
 
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A real beauty Jim. I like that one finger bridge.


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Great watches Jim and Doug!

I think the fancy dial on Jim's watch has a very good chance of being correct - I've seen unsigned fancy dials on Illinois "Interstate Chronometers," on Illinois "Plymouth Watch Co." movements, and on Rockford "Plymouth Watch Co." movements - and the common denominator to these three sets of watches is they were all private labels sold by Sears Roebuck.
 
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I ran across another fairly rare Inter-State Chronometer, in a 12 size...... The DMK pattern is great and you can tell from the movement, trimmed in gold(Gilt) colored screws and Regulator, etc. and the dial that it is a special watch.

I believe it is an all original watch, dial & case. This watch does not have much information available about it at all.

The Blue book says it was made in a run of 100 and I believe that is all that were made. It is not mentioned in the info part of it and the Grade 273 was not very common.

The "Price Guide" doesn't list the Hunting version, just the OF version.Russ Snider's data Base doesn't have a picture of it, just a partial movement missing the balance bridge & wheel.

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This is a Complete Inter-State Chronometer production chart that appears in the 2nd article of Sears watches in the Bulletin by Bill Meggers in Oct. 1990 http://www.nawcc.org/images/stories/1990/articles/1990/269/269_540.pdf

These were produced by Sears and sold in the nation wide catalog starting in 1911- 1915, the last 2 years they dropped the 0 size and just sold the 18s 23 J Bunn model, the highest grade sold by Sears.

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Sorry for the image quality, you can access the chart by the link if you sign on the main site.
 

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This is a cute 0's with the paperwork from Sears. It is a grade 35, of which they had a total production of 1050 and unknown how many Inter-State Chronometer were in that production.

Russ Snider's data base shows some pictures of the grade but no Inter-State examples. They were 15 J with composite (Brass) settings and had the Pat'd regulator and a fine damaskeen pattern

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Serial number 2327912 a Sangamo Grade 23J Hunter of which only 200 were produced.

The grade had a low production of 1210 and according to the run chart only 200 were made for Sears as Interstate Chronometers in this 23J Hunter.

Dial has issues, but it is what it is...

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Very nice Jim!

Edit: This thread can be found in the future in the
Illinois Sticky thread at the top of the American Pocket Watch forum
(as per Jim H's good suggestion)


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Very nice Jim!!

Considering Dave C. probably owns the other 1200 or so, you guys should mail me a
parts watch for my watchmaker to practice on. :cool:

Keith R...;)
 
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Hi,
I have looked at the two articles many times that Bill Meggers wrote for the Bulletin, and can’t quite get the reported ‘Interstate’ runs in Grade 299 to work out.
The run 1911, 2,386,301-2,386,500 = 200 I have recorded.
2,386,321 = Illinois Watch Co. Have image
2,386,334 = Illinois Watch Co. Have image
2,386,340 = Illinois Watch Co. No image
2,386,454 = Illinois Watch Co. Have image
2,386,455 = Illinois Watch Co. Have image
I would like to know if anyone has an Interstate Chronometer or an Illinois Watch Co. in this run.
 
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Jim,
What is your question?

I have a watch in post 8 that Bill Megger's missed, it is a grade 273 Serial number 2,337,905 and was made in a run of 100.
 

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I was just trying to find out of any of the 200 watches in 2,386,301 to 2,386,500 are Interstate Chronometers.

Jim,

Now, I see that all of your examples are regular Illinois and hopefully a Interstate will show up, however we may have to adjust the count depending on what number shows up.

In Russ Snider's data base there are 2 pictures of these, both regular Illinois

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Thanks
 
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I'm not sure about your photo but I fixed it.

Great watch!

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NIce movement Christopher, shame about the dial, another Illinois dial with damage from being soaked in the cleaning process:)
 
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