Handsome Men's World War I Era Illinois Trench Watch w/ Black Dial - SERVICED
Handsome Men's World War I Era Illinois Trench Watch w/ Black Dial - SERVICED:
STRICKLAND VINTAGE WATCHES Handsome Men's World War I Era Illinois Trench Watch w/ Black Dial - SERVICEDThe Illinois Watch Company is without question one of the jewels in the crown of American Watch Houses. Organized in Springfield, Ill. shortly after the Civil War, the company turned out during its 58-year run some of the most magnificent timepieces ever to come to light in this country. Pocket watches with names such as "Bunn Special," "Sangamo Special" and "Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire" and wristwatches such as the "Piccadilly," "Marquis" and "Speedway" — all went from innovation, to wide reception to legend. Illinois was farsighted enough to be one of the first American manufacturers to chase the then-silly idea of marketing a wristlet – or wrist watch – for men (!) Having made "convertible wristlets" for women, which could be used as a pendant, hung from a pin or worn with a cord or chain around the wrist, Illinois saw the raoffer reception that wristlets received during WWI and felt the time had come for expanded wristwatch manufacture. Illinois Watch Company, known for their obsessive attention to detail, produced watches that were exciting, elegant, and extraordinarily well-crafted. Today these watches are prized by collectors and designers for their look and reliability.Magnificence has many forms, one of which is this WWI era Illinois wristlet watch in fixed-lug case with original patina. We cannot overstate the beauty of this 39mm by 31mm watch, from its stunning, correctly restored black dial with oversized "boxcar" numerals and "stained-glass" hands to its wonderful fixed lug case. This timepiece represents the first wave of men's "wristlet" watches — later the wristwatch — coming from WWI era Europe.This work of military wrist-art sports a gorgeous, beefy case and substantial look men felt comfortable wearing. Remember, this timepiece represents one of the first commercially manufactured wristwatches in the world: Prior to WWI, men considered wristlet watches effeminate. From this first wave of watches springs every wristwatch in the world today. We're exceedingly proud of this piece of history and know you will be, too.Open its back and you'll find a magnificent little time-machine: a completely restored, fully calibrated 17 ruby jeweled "Illinois" mechanism that keeps accurate time as it was intended. Engineered during a time when the automobile was still in its infancy, this futuristic wrist-machine, in all its perfection, is glorious. Few mechanisms today are as well engineered as this example.We've taken the liberty of fitting this watch with a custom-made cordovan leather strap in the style originally worn with the piece. We are glad to hand-fit the strap to your wrist measurements.Those blessed with excellent taste do not wear cheap watches; instead, they wear bits of horological history so their friends can become furiously envious.Cast off the chains of mediocre timepieces; the garish banality of glancing at your cell-phone for the time; Transcend the commonplace and wear such a work of horological history!ABOUT US: For those of you who may not know us, we at STRICKLAND VINTAGE WATCHES travel extensively, purchasing watches for our clients (for more about who we are, please click on "Me" above). Featured as Forbes magazine's "Best of the Web" honoree consecutively since 2000 for timepieces, we're committed to bringing the best, the rarest, the cleanest examples of old wrist and pocket watches to clients around the world. SHIPPING: All buyers to pay actual shipping costs. If there is a handling fee listed, that is for insurance. We are happy to combine shipping on multiple items. For items shipped within the United States, we ship either via USPS. Priority Mail with signature confirmation on items under $1,000. FedEx two-day shipping for items more than $1,000. INTERNATIONAL buyers must email us at the end of the sale so that we may calculate shipping costs and determine the method of shipping. Lower priced items (under $250), must be sent via online TRACKABLE shipping via USPS Priority International Mail. Items over $250 must be shipped via Federal Express, because it requires a signature. We MUST and WILL adhere to your country’s customs rules and regulations. If the item is not allowed via USPS, we must ship via Federal Express. Because of the unpredictable nature of today's mail, we cannot be held responsible for items lost or damaged by the post office or lost or held up in customs agencies and so require postal insurance for ALL overseas items. WE WILL NOT FALSIFY CUSTOMS FORMS. ALL CUSTOMS FEES ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER. Your purchase acknowledges that you understand these policies. FLORIDA RESIDENTS will be charged an additional 7.5% for sales tax. CONTACT US: You may reach us - STRICKLAND VINTAGE WATCHES - Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EST) TERMS OF SALE: We take great pride in our images and item descriptions and are careful to note as much about an item as we can. We do not sell items on approval; therefore, all items we sell on are sold AS IS and all sales are final. If you have a question or would like to see the image of an item at another angle, we are happy to accommodate you. Please check our response; we try to be as accommodating as possible. WE WILL NOT GIVE PARTIAL REFUNDS! Strickland Vintage Watches is a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and have been honored as one of Forbes magazine's "Best of the Web" in timepieces, and have been on since 1998. We invite you to find out more about us by clicking on our ME page!