Pocket Watch Information

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Illinois Production Dates by Serial Number
Illinois Watch Co, Springfield, Illinois
1869-1927
(1928-1950's owned by Hamilton Watch Company)


Illinois Watch Co made watches under several different names:
Burlington Watch Co, Chicago, Illinois
Santa Fe Watch Co, Topeka, Kansas
Also the following watches were made by Illinois (although not exclusively)
Washington Watch Company (Montgomery Ward) 
Plymouth Watch Company (Sears) 

Remember, the serial number being referred to is the serial number on the movement (i.e. "guts") of the watch.  
 Please note that ALL dates are approximate (estimates), and can be off by as much as 6 years or more.

 1872 - 5,000 1894 - 1,160,000 1916 - 2,800,000
1873 - 20,000 1895 - 1,220,000 1917 - 3,000,000
1874 - 50,000 1896 - 1,250,000 1918 - 3,200,000
1875 - 75,000 1897 - 1,290,000 1919 - 3,400,000
1876 - 100,000 1898 - 1,330,000 1920 - 3,600,000
1877 - 145,000 1899 - 1,370,000 1921 - 3,750,000
1878 - 210,000 1900 - 1,410,000 1922 - 3,900,000
1879 - 250,000 1901 - 1,450,000 1923 - 4,000,000
1880 - 300,000 1902 - 1,500,000 1924 - 4,500,000
1881 - 350,000 1903 - 1,650,000 1925 - 4,700,000
1882 - 400,000 1904 - 1,700,000 1926 - 4,800,000
1883 - 450,000 1905 - 1,800,000 1927 - 4,850,000
1884 - 500,000 1906 - 1,840,000 (Sold to Hamilton)
1885 - 550,000 1907 - 1,900,000 1928 - 5,000,000
1886 - 600,000 1908 - 2,100,000 1929 - 5,150,000
1887 - 700,000 1909 - 2,150,000 1930 - 5,300,000
1888 - 800,000 1910 - 2,200,000 1931 - 5,400,000
1889 - 900,000 1911 - 2,300,000 1932 - 5,488,301
1890 - 1,000,000 1912 - 2,400,000 (1933 - Moved to Hamilton)
1891 - 1,040,000 1913 - 2,500,000 1934 - 5,500,000
1892 - 1,080,000 1914 - 2,600,000 1948 - 5,600,000
1893 - 1,120,000 1915 - 2,700,000