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I am a huge fan of Illinois watches with emphasis on Bunn Special models. My question is why do I see so many late model 161's - 163A's in wadsworth B.O.C cases with hammy crowns. Ebay has several up now. Can these all be recased? Opions encouraged
Check out these links…
"Hamilton Buys Illinois Watch Co." Announcement from 1928
This is what you expect to find...
THE USUAL ILLINOIS BUNN SPECIAL 21-JEWEL 60-HOUR IN ROSE ILLINOIS CASE
And finally, here is the direct answer to your question, read this entire story...
READ ALL OF THIS TOPIC: Late 161A movements with Hamilton-Style Cases & Dials Database
In the late 1940s Hamilton essentially "dumped" their excess inventory, the full story is very interesting.
Lindell put a further explanation of these unusual watches here...
WADSWORTH-HAMILTON CASE NUMBERS, History, Pictures of Cases and Database of Numbers
QUOTING LINDELL: "Finally, during 1948 some of the last new 21-Jewel Bunn Specials were marketed in leftover Number 3 Cases. For that reason if you find a late 161A Type II P Bunn Special housed in a Wadsworth-Hamilton Number 3 Case with no other screw marks please resist the temptation to re-case, you may have found an original combination. Click Late 161A's with Hamilton-Style Cases for more about these unusual Bunn Specials and what to look for."
Ed and Lindell tracked these for several years!
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