1906 Illinois Railroad 18 size Gold Filled Pocket Watch - (23J) 24J Bunn Special

Illinois Watch Co.

Item No. 5291SH

For many collectors and serious pocket watch connoisseurs, the Bunn Special timepiece featured in today's offering needs no introduction... Having established a reputation as one of the top tier Railroad Watches because of its durability, simplicity, and care taken in the manufacture of its movement, the 23 jewel Bunn Special's unique qualities have landed it among the highly collectible vintage American pocket watches.

The 24J Bunn Special served as one of the Illinois Watch Company's highest offerings from the period, manufactured during a the golden era of the United State's ascent to world leadership during the industrial age. As one of Illinois' highest grade timepieces, it incorporated the finest technical features available, packaged into an ultra-dependable and highly precise pocket watch.

The 24-jewel version came about as watch companies battled to see who could provide the highest jeweled watch to customers. Adding the 24th jewel was simply a marketing ploy, as the jewel was non-functional in the watch.

Here are some of its features:

  • Twenty four of synthetic ruby jewels
  • Adjusted to insure precise timekeeping
  • Hardened and tempered, compensating balance with solid gold screws including the timing screws; positive micrometric regulator
  • Solid gold raised jewel settings
  • Breguet overcoiled hairspring
  • Specially constructed dust-proof case
  • Beautifully decorated movement
  • Glass enamel double sunk Gothic style dial
  • Originally adjusted to run accurately in 6 positions, in different temperatures, and with differing amounts of power left (isochronism)

The gold filled case engraved with is in better than excellent condition with no gold wear. The glass enamel dial is near perfect with one very short hairline. And the high-grade movement is very clean and running strong and true.

Our watchmaker has freshly cleaned and oiled the movement. Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Co.
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Serial no.: 1,850,027
  • Year built: c. 1906
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case style: Open face
  • Setting type: Lever set
  • Case material: Gold filled
  • Case condition: Better than excellent condition with no gold wear
  • Bow condition: Better than excellent
  • Dial: Enamel, double sunk with Gothic numerals, near perfect with one short hairline by the seconds by 7 o'clock
  • Hands: Original, blue steel, spade
  • Movement type: Extremely high grade keyless pocket chronometer, rhodium plated, decorated, 24 Jewels, adjusted for very accurate timekeeping
  • Movement markings: Bunn Special, Springfield Ill, 24 Ruby Jewels, Adjusted, 1850027
  • Crystal type: Mineral glass, antique, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes, cleaned and oiled.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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