Three months brought this total wreck back to life

 

When I found this the dial on this watch had completely corroded away.  It was absolutely terrible that this little Illinois had been neglected like this, espicially with the beautiful engraving that was on the back.  Luckily, the movement was able to be salvaged and brought back to life with some work.  As for the dial, well it had to be sent away to be restored and have its numerals lumed to be presentable again.  The wait was totally worth it, and the watch roared back to life with little protest.  

 

Its on the smaller scale for trench watches for the strap: 10mm to be exact.  I have it featured with a green nylon strap at the moment which I am not too proud of but have a few designs in the works.  

 

As for the movement inside, its a very dependable 15 jewel Illinois movement that is keeping time within the minute.  Its a reliable watch once again and a real nice wear on the wrist.  I havent been able to find much on the gentlman whos name is on the back, honestly I havent had the time.  This is something for its next steward to take on and learn his story and more about the battery he was in.  

1917 Illinois Trench Watch

$1,850.00 Regular Price
$1,500.00Sale Price
  • Year: 1917

    Jewels: 17

    Size: 0/S

    Diameter: 1 and 1/4 inch

    Case: Philadelphia Watch Case Co Nickel Silverode case

    Production Run: Unknown

    Style: Military

    Dial: Metal - Dial has been professionally restored to its original makeup

    Numbers: Arabic with luminescant markers

    Condition: Excellent

    Diameter: 32mm

    Hands: Luminescant Spade Style 

    Movement: Nickel Finish

    Wire Lug Width for Strap:  10mm