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Learn about mechanical timepieces and how they work, the history of the American watch industry and especially all about the Elgin National Watch Company! Check back for new content daily.

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Illinois Watch Company, "The Master"

Here's an Illinois Watch Company product. It's a 12 size, 19 jewel watch they called "The Master". It was made about 1925.

Find more examples of Illinois watches here.


The fingered bride is actually a single part, as they commonly are on American waches.




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