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Hey guys!

Found something VERY interesting yesterday, an advert for the Illinois Watch Case Company from February 6, 1918.

Study this picture VERY HARD and try to find the small detail that is incredibly strange ! ! !


 

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Yep, 12s is what I found strange as well.

Wonder if it was a type-o or if they actually made any of these, I've never seen a 12s wrist watch case from Illinois.

But, I do know for a fact that the Crown Watch Company owned by Keystone/Philadelphia made their own movements and a GIANT size 12s trench watch case circa 1917.

It was a nice one with a RED 12 and a 14k GF case.

It measured 44mm across w/o the crown.
 

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Since some here might not realize, this is not the Illinois Watch Company from Springfield. This is the Illinois Watch Case Company from Elgin. (Notice how the name Illinois is not on the dial since any number of movements and dials could have been used inside the cases assembled and sold by jobbers.) Them making an early 12-sized wrist watch case does not surprise me. I'd imagine these were used to convert small mens (formal dress pocketwatches, not RR watches) and maybe even larger ladies pendent and pocket-movements? I don't collect them, but I think I have seen (and ignored) them.
 

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Greg,

I can show some when I get home this evening, in PW form, although I don't have anything smaller than 12 size on hand to which I can show a comparison.

A 12 size movement on the wrist would be about the size of today's comically large wrist watches.
 
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