This movement was originally manufactured in 1926 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 particular watch has a 60-hour motor barrel with a specially designed mainspring that produced 60 hours of run-time (a very advanced feature for the time, most quality watches ran for about 42 hours). The 60-hour model was discontinued shortly after Hamilton purchased Illinois in 1927.
This piece features radially extending, ribbed rays, 3/4 style nickel plated bridges, 21 precision cut ruby jewels with gold settings, a fully gold gear train, an Illinois whipspring regulator, adjustment to 6 positions, and adjustment for temperature.
The blued steel, heavy whipped-spade style hands point to large, bold, black, serifed Arabic numerals. The original, white, double-sunken enamel dial is in excellent condition besides a small chip and hairline crack that will be mostly hidden by the bezel. This movement is one of 119,200 made.
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