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What do Greg and the United States Government have in common ? ? ? ? ?

They BOTH like to hoard ALL of the Illinois movements ! ! ! ! ! !

LOL ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

I came across this notice in a very old issue of The Jewelers' Circular from October 2, 1918.

I SWEAR that it is real, I did NOT do this on my computer ! ! ! !

The government needed all of the Illinois size 3/0s movements for the war effort.

I am STILL laughing ! ! ! ! !

 

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What do Greg and the United States Government have in common ? ? ? ? ?

They BOTH like to hoard ALL of the Illinois movements ! ! ! ! ! !

LOL ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

I came across this notice in a very old issue of The Jewelers' Circular from October 2, 1918.

I SWEAR that it is real, I did NOT do this on my computer ! ! ! !

The government needed all of the Illinois size 3/0s movements for the war effort.

I am STILL laughing ! ! ! ! !

Nice find Stan !

I love seeing historic stuff like this.

Thanks
FJF
 

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What do Greg and the United States Government have in common ? ? ? ? ?

They BOTH like to hoard ALL of the Illinois movements ! ! ! ! ! !

LOL ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

I came across this notice in a very old issue of The Jewelers' Circular from October 2, 1918.

I SWEAR that it is real, I did NOT do this on my computer ! ! ! !

The government needed all of the Illinois size 3/0s movements for the war effort.

I am STILL laughing ! ! ! ! !

And once they finished buying them all up and the war was over......

They eventually wound up with FRED!!!!
(who was kind enough to share!)

Awesome Horology Stan!!!

They all wound up with FRED!!!!!:lol:


You are really finding incredible info!:thumbup:
 

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I couldn't resist Greg ! ! ! ! !

Now the Armistice (November 11, 1918) went into effect only 39 days after this notice was published.

Once wars end the surplus is always sold off VERY CHEAP and made available to the public.

This WAS the case with Elgin watches purchased by the government in very early 1919.

Elgin formulated a GREAT plan to sell off the VAST quantities, I will explain this further at a later time.

Do you guys know of any such sell off of the Illinois brand by the government?

Illinois production was only 100,000 - 200,000 units (all sizes) annually during the Great War, far less than what Elgin was cranking out.

But, do you know who bought up all of the surplus?

Tough question, just curious if anybody knows.

Watch prices went down drastically soon as the war ended, 40% - 60%.

New case styles were being pushed VERY hard by the manufacturers right after the war so the older trench styles could be had for cheap!
 

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And once they finished buying them all up and the war was over......

They eventually wound up with FRED!!!!
(who was kind enough to share!)

Awesome Horology Stan!!!

They all wound up with FRED!!!!!:lol:


You are really finding incredible info!:thumbup:
Mea culpa

I do have a fair share of them but I was not around in 1918 when they were sold as I was out of the country on a business trip to the UK. Okay........ before anyone tries to figure out my age I was merely joking. I bought them in 1919.

FJF
 

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I couldn't resist Greg ! ! ! ! !

Now the Armistice (November 11, 1918) went into effect only 39 days after this notice was published.

Once wars end the surplus is always sold off VERY CHEAP and made available to the public.

This WAS the case with Elgin watches purchased by the government in very early 1919.

Elgin formulated a GREAT plan to sell off the VAST quantities, I will explain this further at a later time.

Do you guys know of any such sell off of the Illinois brand by the government?

Illinois production was only 100,000 - 200,000 units (all sizes) annually during the Great War, far less than what Elgin was cranking out.

But, do you know who bought up all of the surplus?

Tough question, just curious if anybody knows.

Watch prices went down drastically soon as the war ended, 40% - 60%.

New case styles were being pushed VERY hard by the manufacturers right after the war so the older trench styles could be had for cheap!
I will pull out a bunch or my militaries and post.

I am sure Fred can add to this.

There is a whole period called "Transition" in which there
were a bunch on the market!

Mea culpa

I do have a fair share of them but I was not around in 1918 when they were sold as I was out of the country on a business trip to the UK. Okay........ before anyone tries to figure out my age I was merely joking. I bought them in 1919.

FJF

You guys/gals think I travel a lot... Fred makes me look tame!
 
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