The Illinois Springfield Watch Company was organized in 1869 primarily through the efforts of J. Watches produced under the Burlington name include some very fine (including some railroad grade) watches, which are nearly identical to Illinois movements.
Hamilton continued producing Illinois watches in the Hamilton factory until 1939.
By serial number, the first watch made was the "Stuart" model, followed in order by the "Mason," Bunn," "Miller," and finally the "Currier. The early Illinois models were key-wound and key-set and are quite collectible today.
Though the first movements were produced in 1872, the company really didn't achieve full production until 1875.
We are also always looking for Illinois Watches to purchase.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the repair of your vintage Illinois watch.