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Ok Boys... (and Salleh!)

I have been waiting YEARS to do this one!
(and yes, it has a little "Hamilton" in it for you fans too!)

I will start off this Rarity with some excerpts from Fred's wonderful book:
(The Illinois Watch: The Life and Times of a Great American Watch Company)

"For years Illinois collectors were not certain what a Standish was or if it
existed at all. But now some have been sighted and identified. We know of only one
white gold-filled one. There are at least four yellow gold filled ones. So this is a rare watch.

The Standish came with a dial with a subsidiary seconds at 6 or 9. There is also
a squashed exploding dial for the Standish that has a subsidiary seconds at 6 or 9
as well.

All the Standish pieces we have seen were in Keystone No. 651 cases. Other watch manufacturers
cased their movements in cases similar to if not identical to the Standish. There is a solid white
gold Standish case made for Elgin inside it's case back.

The Standish is not listed as Factory-cased by Illinois as it was released after that list published
December 1, 1932 and was cased by Hamilton in Lancaster, Pennsylvania." (FJF)

It has taken some time to get them both, but here they are
in YGF and WGF!





FJF Notes:
Time period: Moderne
Case # 651
Case Maker: Keystone
Subs: 6/9
Price when New: $35
Price Today: $950- $3000
Rarity 6/6 (Rarest)

NOS Dial








Sides:






Back:


Dimensions 31x24 mm


Movement: 605/15









(FJF)
The 1935 Becken Book shows an Illustration of the Standish. It refers to it as a
"New Era strap watch..." Elvinar released in 1931 was a rustless nickle-steel alloy which in 1934
was used in the hairsprings of Illinois watches (by Hamilton)

Fred's book has the original Patent Design:



RJ007 Notes:
This was a labor of love to get this pair
but I think it was worth the hunt.
If you see one in the wild, grab it (duh)
But make sure it says Model #651
Enjoy this truly "Rare Pair"
 

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All,

I agree that these are two super rare Illinois wristwatches. I have only ever seen under 6 in YGF and 2 in WGF. Plus, the NOS Standish dial on Greg's WGF one is the nicest Standish dial that I have ever seen.

Well done Greg.

It is awesome to view your collection.

I have contacts for these watches if anyone is interested in one.

Thanks
FJF
 

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All,

I agree that these are two super rare Illinois wristwatches. I have only ever seen under 6 in YGF and 2 in WGF. Plus, the NOS Standish dial on Greg's WGF one is the nicest Standish dial that I have ever seen.

Well done Greg.

It is awesome to view your collection.

I have contacts for these watches if anyone is interested in one.

Thanks
FJF
Thanks Fred...

Ladies and Gentlemen... FJF is Fred Friedberg, the Godfather of all things Illinois!
It is such a treat for him to be on this forum!!!

Please PM him with any requests in the Illinois.. he has a TON of super
things, you will find no where else on the planet!!!:thumbup:
 
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