Vintage Illinois Bunn Special Featuring 21 Jewels and a 60 hour power reserve and a dual time hand RARE!
Here is a great example of one of the most well known railroad approved pocket watches, the Illinois Bunn Special. I will just start by saying, that this Bunn Special is one of the cleanest I've seen. The original yellow gold filled case is polished to a stunning sheen. This is a fairly uptown case for a Bunn, shown by the special, and may I say handsome bow. The dial, it is double sunk (which was really hard to do by the way), it is exquisite, showing no signs of cracks or hairlines to its white porcelain dual zone dial. We also have a very clean, just serviced March 2019, 60 hour power reserve variation on this movement, impressive for the time on a 16s size watch. Let's face it, these were top shelf watches with the finest American craftsmanship. One obvious features I have not yet pointed out, there's a spare hand that comes with this watch. Well, not exactly; you see, the third hand served an important purpose, to be able to move between two time zones and not have to reset your watch, a brilliant idea reserved for the privileged. Yes, this would have been considered an expensive railroad "utilitarian" pocket watch, it was really a favorite complication of the rail workers. I've been lucky enough to sit for an hour or so, on a couple occasions and spoke with the real old timers, the people that used these incredible micro machines. Now I'm boring you and getting into my next blog so I'm going to stop here and close with: evidence suggests this small run quantity was it for these dual time 60 hour power reserve Bunn Specials; this watch is scarce is what I'm trying to say. When there is scarcity in an otherwise popular and accessible market, it becomes almost urgent that you buy this watch doesn't it? haha, well as I always say, buy the watch you love not the one someone else loves.
Grade: Bunn Special
Type III 60hr.Manufacturer:Illinois
Manufacturer Location:Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number:4962219
Estimated Production Year:1927
Jewel Setting:Raised Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Adjusted # of Positions:6
Adjusted to Temperature:Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism:Yes
Dial Feet Locations:17.5, 39.0, 58.0