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Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Chamorro, Sep 27, 2003.
1928 Ritz (4 Dial Variations)
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.
1931 Illinois Caprice W/Snakeskin
ракета 24-часовые часы — Полярные
Ракета 2628.Н календарь (production batch 1984-1999)
1925 Illinois Central Canby
1929 Illinois Speedway 178
Given to the 10 leading drivers of the Indianapolis Motor Race, 1929
Really cool looking watch on its own, but the story takes it up another full level.
1948 Gruen curvex
Currently, I am wearing these:
A 1950s Longines Silver Arrow and a 1960s Vulcain Cricket
Very nice pair of vintage wristwatches.
I especially like the alarm function of the Cricket. Those are super-
handy timepieces due to that reminder feature.
That is a very large watch for an Illinois, isn't it?
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.
Another awesome example.
I have an Illinois Major in need of some work.
The 1928 Major is a wonderful Illinois and it came with a variety of dials.
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.
Agreed -- and a fairly unique complication, especially for its time.
The Longines once more on a leather strap
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.
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.