Internet Horology Club 185
Bunn Special 23-Jewel Fishscale Hunter!

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December 04, 2005, 17:52
Lindell V. Riddle
Bunn Special 23-Jewel Fishscale Hunter!

Here is one of the most difficult to find of Illinois watches.

The dial when found on a hunter magnifies rarity

And then you see it's a solid-gold case.

Check them over everyone... Big Grin

December 04, 2005, 17:55
Lindell V. Riddle

Inside the front cover, solid-gold markings...

December 04, 2005, 17:56
Lindell V. Riddle

Through the crystal, dial and hands look right...

December 04, 2005, 17:58
Lindell V. Riddle

Full Montgomery dial seldom seen on a hunter...

December 04, 2005, 18:01
Lindell V. Riddle

Yes, it's the real deal, all three feet are in place...

December 04, 2005, 18:04
Lindell V. Riddle

You can see all three hinges are still very firm...

December 04, 2005, 18:05
Lindell V. Riddle

The engraving is still amazingly crisp on this one...

December 04, 2005, 18:08
Lindell V. Riddle

Close-up of case-back shows its remarkable condition...

December 04, 2005, 18:18
Lindell V. Riddle

"Warranted 14K .585 Fine" are gold content markings...

December 04, 2005, 18:18
Lindell V. Riddle

Number 2577591 is 23-Jewel Bunn Special Fishscale...

December 04, 2005, 18:24
Lindell V. Riddle

The absence of anything like nornal wear is impressive...

December 04, 2005, 18:30
Lindell V. Riddle

... Cool ...

This is a "find another one" kind of thing.


December 04, 2005, 22:13
Lindell V. Riddle

Barrel jewels are not exposed on these particular movements.

You'll see this one is numbered 2577591 from 1913 production. The run is shown as 2577501-2577650 all 23-Jewel Model 8 Hunters in the Illinois book. It was recently determined there were only a hundred or so like this one produced.

Unfortunately the harsh angle of light on the movement image makes the "23" in "23-Jewels" look oddly like a "25" but it is not. Comparison with the movement number numerals helps clear that up.

Here is a cropped image to show that area better...

December 04, 2005, 23:40
Mike Camelin
Yes, it would appear the last 50 block of this 150 segment run has turned out to be all Rayed pattern 23j hunter and NOT fishscale, so I think it is very safe to say that there are no more than 100 of these 23J Hunter Fishscales ever made.

I will make mention , that this is a watch of a calibre that will only come up for sale about once a decade as I have seen several of which none were for sale, only for show and tell. It is imperative that the only way you get one is to get there first as if you pass it by, it then becomes a "woulda , coulda , shoulda" type situation you will speak of for the rest of your life provided condition was there. This watch was 2500 dollars , 20 years ago and 4K + , 10 years ago , IF you could find one for sale. It is anybody's guess what 2 astute Illinois collectors might fight it out to pay if it were to come up for auction today. It is for sure you would lose your breath, as I know what I would pay for it and I am not even a serious hunter collector.

Congrats of the highest esteem are in order for landing this one! Happy Hunting INDEED I would say!
October 27, 2013, 19:11
Billy Kuhn
Lindell, I know this is and old posting but I have just gotten one of these 23j Bunn Special H.C. The Serial number is close to yours 2,577,527 and mine is in a gold-filled case.
Have the value gone up much on these?
October 27, 2013, 21:10
Roger Stephens
Congratulations Billy,post pics. when you get a chance!
December 22, 2013, 00:02
Billy Kuhn
This is close to the movement number shown above

[see Lindell's December 04, 2005 @ 22:13 post with image - Lindell's movement number is 2577591]

December 22, 2013, 00:03
Billy Kuhn

[Movement number 2577527]

March 05, 2014, 22:17
Billy Kuhn
I have some better Photo's

March 05, 2014, 22:19
Billy Kuhn
Dial Back with dial feet intact

March 05, 2014, 22:21
Billy Kuhn
I have just service this watch runs great

March 05, 2014, 22:22
Billy Kuhn