Better not start looking at turn of the century Ball watches.
Yes always fancied a few of those in the collection.
A slight intro into Railroad pocket watches:
Nooo, keep wearing it! Just get yourself a nice leather lanyard that tucks safely into your pocket I know a guy that makes these
Looks great! Can you send me an address or link?
He makes them
You can find any information you might need by clicking on this link. @DaveK on the MB. Dave K of Vancouver, Canada, makes these “mystery braid”, one piece leather watch lanyards. Scads of pocket watch collectors on this MB are wearing their collectibles on Dave’s lanyards. His email address:
Try one, you’ll like it!
Thanks for the shout out Feel encouraged to PM me instead of going through Etsy
Thank you! I’ll get a couple. I don’t think I can PM as I don’t have 200 posts yet.
I do believe PMs are permitted, even if you don’t have 200 posts. Have you tried a PM?
I did not. Ordered one on Etsy.
If anyone decides to check out Ball watches, below is a note on the difference between “Commercial” and “Official” Standard.
Sorry about all that self promotion, back to Illinois pocket watches
Did someone say Illinois? Here’s a handful...
4 of the “7 Jewels” and a Fat Boy for good measure. I have a fairly complete collection of 60hr Bunn Specials.
L-R: 163 TIR, 163 TI, Fat Boy
L-R: Fat Boy (again) 163A TI, 163 TIE
Where does "BUNN" come from?
One of the original founders, John Bunn
Since this isn’t a pocket watch forum there are probably a few that don’t know some of the variants that exist within the Illinois line. I have always been a collector who enjoys the hunt and some of the variants really fit that bill for me when I was actively collecting 60 Hour Illinois Bunn Specials. I’ll show a couple in this thread and give a bit of detail. We will start with the Fat Boy I showed earlier. There are thought to be under 1000 of these produced.
The Bunn Special “Fat Boy” variant:
This variant has a 21 jewel 60 hour movement. It should always be a Type III (TIII) movement and should be specifically from 1928 to be correct for this type.
The movement itself is not what sets this one apart, thousands of 60hr TIII out there, it is the dial. This has an extra bold Arabic font, Arrows-out on the 5 minute markers and most noticeable are the pointed minute markers. Very different from the usual squared off minute markers.
Hand should be the different Sangamo-style blued kite hands as shown above. Lastly, the
Fat Boy came in a factory Model 1 Bunn Special case, 10k yellow gold filled.
So there you have it, The Fat Boy.
Today's offering is my little Sante Fe Special. It's a 12s model 1 grade 274 that was made in 1920. The interesting thing about this one is that being a 12s it's obviously not a rail road grade watch, even though it is prominently labeled as a Sante Fe Special on both the dial and the movement. The movement does have 21jewels, a going barrel, a double roller, and is adjusted to positions and temperature (I'm not sure how many positions though, it may only be three). I might have passed on this one but I loved the engraving on the back, it reminded me of my granddad who had raised cutting horses.
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