Need help identifying this movement...

jln319

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Well, for my first post I need to ask for help. I just found this site and what a wealth of information. I recently acquired this watch. It runs and keeps time but there are no maker marks on the movement... I've looked at pictures of what seems like hundreds of movements on the web but haven't found one that looks like this... The face has Brodegaard & Lanktree Omaha, Neb. I did find out that Brodegaard was a jeweler in Omaha around the turn of the century. Also heard he was an inspector on the Union Pacific. Not sure if it's the same person. Nothing on Lanktree. Can anyone help Identify this movement? It is a stem wind lever set. Thanks for your time...

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jln319

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Really, an Illinios watch company. Thanks! I just checked the serial number that puts it around 1902-3, I think. Why wouldn't they put their name on the movement?
 

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A "Getty model. Mr. Brodegaard was a good speaker and a good repair man who handled his customers (and his watches) with respect. He was a rather large man and worked very closely with Webb C. Ball and the Union Pacific.

Many companies made watches for "Private Label" purposes.

Jeff Hess
 

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Illinois Model 4(Getty) model gr. 185-one of 7,060 made in this configuration between 1899 and 1910. You're missing the regulator whip spring.

That looks like a nice signed double sunk dial that you have.

As for not putting the name on the movement-I'm not sure of the reason, but in my experience it was not uncommon from this period.

Here's a somewhat similar gr. 187, which is equally as sparse

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jln319

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You guys are the best. Thanks very much! I had to look up a regulator whip spring but I see where it belongs. Now that I have something to go on... I need to do some research... I can already tell this is going to be an addiction... Thanks again!
 

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Hi jln319:

Welcome to the NAWCC American Pocket Watch Message Board!

In addition to the good information posted by Jeff and Ben, you may be interested in the following Encyclopedia articles:

Illinois Watch Company
Keystone Watch Case Co.
Private Label Watch

Unless you know that it has been cleaned and oiled within the last few years, you should have the watch serviced before running it very much. It may be helpful for you to read the Encyclopedia article on Watch Service and its related links, especially the one to the message board thread on the subject. The Encyclopedia article on Choosing a Pocket Watch Repair Person may be useful as well.

Please feel free to ask about anything that isn't clear to you.

Good luck,
 

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Hi Kent,

Thanks for the info and links. So much to look at. I appreciate the help.

-jeff
 

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