This movement was originally manufactured in 1918 by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, IL. John W. Bunn was an American corporate leader, financier, industrialist, personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, and later founder of the Illinois watch company. The Bunn Special is possibly Illinois' most famous railroad watch and most widely collected due to its exceptional beauty and performance.
This piece shows signs of heavy use and features radially extending, ribbed rays on the 3/4 style nickel plated bridges, 21 precision cut ruby jewels, gold jewel settings, full gold gear train, gold gilt lettering, whipspring regulator, mirror polished winding wheels, adjustment to 6 positions, and adjustment for temperature.
The blued steel, whipped spade style hands point to large, bold, serifed Arabic numerals, and the original dial is lightly worn double sunken enamel. This movement is one of 168,340 made.
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