Let's See Your Watches! The Vintage Watch Thread.

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Chamorro, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. GJH

    GJH New in Town

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    1928 Ritz (4 Dial Variations)
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  2. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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    Quite the neat little collection!

    There seems to have been far greater variety in dial choices offered back in the day, makes hunting them all down that much more fun.
     
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  3. GJH

    GJH New in Town

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    1931 Illinois Caprice W/Snakeskin
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  4. bearinfedora

    bearinfedora Familiar Face

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    ракета 24-часовые часы — Полярные

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  5. bearinfedora

    bearinfedora Familiar Face

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    Ракета 2628.Н календарь (production batch 1984-1999)

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  6. GJH

    GJH New in Town

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    1925 Illinois Central Canby [​IMG]
     
  7. GJH

    GJH New in Town

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    1929 Illinois Speedway 178
    Given to the 10 leading drivers of the Indianapolis Motor Race, 1929
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  8. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

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    Really cool looking watch on its own, but the story takes it up another full level.
     
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  9. VintageEveryday

    VintageEveryday A-List Customer

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    1948 Gruen curvex 20180117_094156.jpg
     
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  10. MrCairo

    MrCairo Familiar Face

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    Currently, I am wearing these:



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    A 1950s Longines Silver Arrow and a 1960s Vulcain Cricket
     
  11. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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  12. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Incredible!
    That is a very large watch for an Illinois, isn't it?
     
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  13. GJH

    GJH New in Town

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    Thanks. It looks larger in the photo. Compared to the monster watches these days
    these are much smaller. The Illinois Watch Co. was the King of Art Deco.
    Here is an extremely rare 1930 Illinois Skyway with White dial.
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  14. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Another awesome example.
    I have an Illinois Major in need of some work.
     
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  15. GJH

    GJH New in Town

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    The 1928 Major is a wonderful Illinois and it came with a variety of dials.
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  16. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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    According to the Price Guide,there are less than 350 Illinois Skyways kicking about.

    I wonder whether the dials came in colors other than white.
     
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  17. MrCairo

    MrCairo Familiar Face

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    Agreed -- and a fairly unique complication, especially for its time.
     
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  18. MrCairo

    MrCairo Familiar Face

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    The Longines once more on a leather strap

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  19. GJH

    GJH New in Town

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    As a matter of fact... it also came in a Black Dial.
    I have been collecting these for years and that 350 number is
    probably 10 times higher than the actual amount of these that have survived.
    The "star" case had a screwback and bezel, and watchmakers couldn't figure
    out how to get them off and pried them to bits. There are even several examples
    with holes drilled in the back to get them off. Most were destroyed.
    It also came in several other dial configurations, that I will show later.
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  20. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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    Your Illinois Skyways are strikingly handsome wristwatches what with the unique logo below 12 o'clock and the stars around the bezel; I understand that the caseback also has matching stars around its circumference.

    I'm generally partial to black dials but for some reason I prefer the white version on the Skyway, maybe because that logo presents itself better on a white background, to my eye at least.

    I suspect that it wasn't watchmakers but rather "botchmakers" who stupidly pried & drilled the casebacks rather than simply unscrewing them. Whenever I come across a similarly mangled pocket watch case I always shed a silent tear; for such a unique watch as the rarely seen Illinois Skyway I'd perhaps bawl like a baby upon coming across a messed up specimen.

    Thanks for posting shots of these & your other Illinois wristwatches, you must be quite the advanced collector & it's good of you to share your images & associated knowledge.
     

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