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Illinois Grade 907 in 14K White Gold "Click" to Login or Register 
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I was digging through boxes of old wristwatches that I acquired and found this 19j Illinois 6/0s Grade 907 wrist watch in 14K white gold. From the serial number, 5109843, the watch was made around 1928. I was surprised to find from a 1930 advertisement that the Grade 907 in a 14K cushion case retailed for $78.50! Eek

The watch has a deteriorating band that turned my fingers black and a yellow crystal. But I've learned to look beyond these things and was pleasantly surprised to find the case was a 14K white gold. The Solidarity case has the serial number 588797. The dial and hands have also seen better days, but I like the seconds area at 9:00 and the overall style of the watch.

I am curious if anyone knows how many were made in 14K white gold. I don't know much about wrist watches - I consider it a small miracle if I can successfully remove the case back on some of these Confused - so I don't have any ideas on how common or uncommon a watch like this one might be.

John III

 
Posts: 1752 | Location: Colorado in the USA | Registered: October 17, 2005
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The face without the hideous yellow crystal

 
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Movement needs cleaning, but the watch runs when wound and the hands set as they should.

 
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Case markings

 
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I like the looks of your watch too! I also don't know anything about watches, I saw that on page 865 of the 2008 guide it has a add from 1926 that shows the 907 movement.

In vol 2 of the American pocket watches it says "Grade 907 was widely advertised, beginning in 1915 when it was offered both as a pendant & bracelet watch. This was the 2nd highest quality grade in 6/0 size, following grades 909 & 601" On page 223 it has a 1930 ad, I don't if it is the same ad you saw. it shows the watch in 14K for $75.00

It shows that the serial numbers were 2,782,001-5,304,000 (1915-1930), yours must have been at the end.

Well that is my 2 cents at 2 in the morning.

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I just leafed through Fred F.'s excellent book on Illinois wristwatches. I think that this watch is in a "generic" case not uniquely used by Illinois. It most resembles the watch at the top right of page 146.
 
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All,
Fred is the expert regarding Illinois wrists///// Smile
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The letter I beside the 6/0 designation on the back means that this generic case was intended to hold an Illinois movement. Sometimes you will see them marked E/I which meant they had the proper depth inside the case for Elgin or Illinois movements.

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Rick
 
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Gentlemen,

Thanks for the information. I have to confess I am not familiar with Fred F. or his book. Is there somewhere I can buy it?

John III
 
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The book is The Illinois Watch -- The Life and Times of a Great American Watch Company by Frederic J. Freidberg. It is published by Schiffer. Fred either could sell you a copy or tell you where you could buy one. His e-mail address is fred@illinoiswatches.com.
 
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The Illinois Watch -- The Life and Times of a Great American Watch Company


Thanks for the information Ethan. I have sent an email to Fred.

John iII
 
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