Small Wonders Illinois 437 XT

Discussion in 'American Pocket Watches' started by Tom McIntyre, Apr 21, 2017.

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  1. Tom McIntyre

    Tom McIntyre Technical Admin
    Staff Member Sponsor NAWCC Member Donor

    Aug 24, 2000
    The Extra Thin model 1 grades are very similar in appearance to the Illini but do not have DeLong's patented 5 tooth click. They were made during DeLong's term as Master Watchmaker for Illinois and it is likely that the design is his also. I have not seen any documentation to support this, but i would like it to be true.

    With only 19 jewels, the 437 XT come in a bit below the other watches in the Illinois Small Wonders but with the jeweled barrel, they do look very nice.

    There are three examples in the collection with serial numbers 3650513 (18K), 3761666 (18K) and 3761696 (GF). They are shown below.

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  2. Jerry Treiman

    Jerry Treiman Registered User
    NAWCC Member Donor

    Aug 25, 2000
  3. Tim Fitzgerald

    Tim Fitzgerald Registered User

    Jan 2, 2016
    I have been working on this Illinois 12s xt since April, new stem,crystal, mainspring, cleaning & servicing. I finished it this morning and am very pleased. Persistence pays off.
    The only thing left is hands, the hands from a regular Illinois 12s are different than the 12s xt. Can anyone help with information?
    Thanks TimFitz[​IMG]
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