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17 jewel has just been serviced so running and keeping time. Silver dial black numbers and raised yellow gold markers and hands. The movement is marked USA 624 and 4 adjustments. Case is 14k yellow gold filled and measures 23 mm side to side and 36 mm lug end to lug end. New brown lizard band measures 14 mm where it attaches. Movement serial number is J299500 so made in 1945.
17 jewel manual wind Swiss movement is marked "Illinois Watch Company" it has just been serviced it is running well and keeping good time. Original Silver dial with gold numbers, gold markers and gold hands. 10 kt. yellow gold plated case with stainless steel back that is marked "Illinois" on the outside. New brown leather band. It measures 22 mm. across and 37 mm. lug end to lug end.
Illinois turned out about five million watches before being sold to the Hamilton Watch Co. of Lancaster, PA, in 1928. Hamilton continued production in Springfield for several years and then moved operations to the Hamilton plant in Lancaster. Illinois watches continued to be produced as different designs from Hamilton watches until 1949 when the name was retired. However, Hamilton occasionally produced a few Illinois-named watches in the 1950s (and possibly later) to maintain ownership of the rights to the Illinois name and trademarks. Here is one of the watches produced about this time and a part of history.
17 jewel cal. 7AP movement has just been serviced, is running strong and keeping good time. Silver dial has raised yellow gold numbers and hands. Case is 10 k rolled gold with stainless steel back. Measures 22 mm side to side not counting the winding crown and 33 mm lug end to lug end and the new brown leather band measures 16 mm where it attaches to this watch. Cir. 1940's/50's.