The majority of watches sold by Burlington were "privately labeled" movements made under contract by the Illinois Watch Company i.e. they are Illinois watches. Some contend that the Burlington Watch Company was a subsidiary of the Illinois Watch Company, but this claim has not been documented. Burlington also sold a small number of movements made by Henry Moser & Co, in Switzerland. These movements may have been sold only in Canada and appear to have been cased in Canadian-made cases. Most American Burlington watches were sold in Burlington-signed gold-filled cases of good quality.
Since the majority of Burlington watches were made by the Illinois watch company, we have included the Illinois serial number table here for convenience. For further information on Illinois watches, please refer to the Illinois Company History Page of this site.
Please use the following tables to help determine the approximate age of your watch. Remove or open the back cover from your watch and look for a number engraved into the movement; this is the serial number for your watch, and by using it, you can find the closest years it was made on these tables. Please note there is a difference between the number marked on the movement and the one marked on the case. These tables are only accurate for the movement serial numbers.
The Burlington Watch Co. pocket watch was a "private label" run of the Illinois Watch Co. of Springfield, Illinois.This example with serial number 3821610, is a 16 size, Grade 107, Model 9, 21 Jewels, Railroad Grade, manufactured in 1921.Thanks for taking the time to check this watch out,Dave
Vintage Rolex papers can easily be bought on eBay or other marketplaces. They are empty so you can fill in the papers and sell it together with a watch. Making it a "set" and adding hundreds of dollars to the cost price. You can see if papers are original by comparing the ageing of the watch with the papers. Looking at the ageing of the ink on the papers. And ultimately also if the puncturing of the papers with the serial number is clear and crisp.
Checking a Rolex card under a UV light will show the Rolex logo light up from the card itself. The best way to check if the materials, font and quality is to compare it with real ones. And don't forget to match the serial number on the papers with the serial number on the watch.
The model number is engraved at 12 o'clock in the watch case between the lugs. This quality of this engraving is high and should be comparable to the photo here below. You can also check if the model number corresponds with the Rolex model numbers.
Elgin pocket watches continue to be extremely popular within the antique and vintage watch market; turning rare and authentic ones into valuable and expensive pieces to own, whether for a watch enthusiast or a collector. The unique timepieces have exquisite craftsmanship, finishes, jeweled movements, excellent materials, and a vast selection of intricate designs.
The Elgin pocket watch was not only elegant and innovative, but it was initially created to be less expensive than other vintage watches. The Elgin pocket watch value was, in part, exceptional because of the unique craftsmanship and the mass production of the high-quality pocket watches that used machine-made interchangeable parts when the watches needed to be repaired, which did not require hand adjusting. That brilliant idea of Elgin's also made it possible for the watches to be more accessible and budget-conscious to a wider number of buyers, which made this pocket watch extremely popular in its day.
For almost 100 years, until 1968, the Elgin National Watch Company was the world's largest manufacturer of watches. Approximately 60 million pieces were produced in that time. The fact that the distinct Elgin pocket watch is no longer made does, of course, add to the Elgin pocket watch value.
A Railroad Elgin pocket watch can range from $200 to $5,000. It depends on the year of production, the material used, and the model's significance. They were exquisitely designed according to railroad industry standards and kept the most precise and accurate time. That made sure that the railway trains ran on schedule and would arrive at their exact times.
High-quality investment-grade Elgin pocket watches are rare, and in fact the entire Elgin watch line is now finite. After the first and second world wars, Elgin had to compete with the less expensive domestic and foreign wristwatches that began dominating the market. To compensate, they added decorative clocks, transistor radios, and even wedding rings to their roster. Unfortunately, Elgin had to eventually give up the watchmaking side of the business and ceased production in 1970.
You can in-fact still buy Elgin pocket watches, and for decent prices at that. Following are just a few of the outstanding rare Elgin pocket watches that are still in working condition and are well worth the amount of money that they demanded as collectors' items:
You are viewing a very fine quality gold filled hunting case pocket watch made by the Burlington Watch CO. in Chicago. The case measures 2" in diameter. It is a size 16. The dial is porcelain with no hairlines and reads: Burlington Special. The movement is 19 jewels and reads: Burlington Watch Co. Chicago. The movement is the Time King model made by Illinois Watch Co. The serial number is: 2394433 indicating a date of manufacture of 1911. The watch is stem set and wound. The watch is in very fine condition. The watch sets, winds, runs and keeps time.
Illinois Bunn-Special type III sixty hour railroad pocket watch model 14 ca 1928. Montgomery dial with sub-seconds at six o'clock. Size 16. Twenty-one jewel six position movement number 5082695. Pendant wind, lever set. Bunn Special Wadsworth 14k gold filled case.
Bowler & Burdick open face pocket watch. Keystone 49mm 14k yellow gold case. Bowler & Burdick signed movement. Pendant wind and set. White porcelain dial with counter sunk sub seconds and black painted Arabic numerals. Blued spade hands.
Rockford Watch Co. 18 size 18k yellow gold hunter case pocket watch ca 1876. Brooklyn Watch Co. case triple signed 191111. Rockford nine jewel movement number 83207. Pendant wind, lever set. White dial with black painted Roman numerals and counter sunk sub seconds dial. Blued hands.
Waltham 14k yellow gold 0 size hunter case pocket watch ca 1900. Lady Waltham 16 jewel movement number 7197957. R. Bros 14k case containing five European cut diamonds set in a moon and star pattern. White porcelain dial with black painted Arabic numerals and red outer minutes chapter. Counter sunk sub seconds dial. Blued spade hands. Pendant wind and set.
S.I. Tobias hunter case pocket watch ca 1836. Movement number 17587. Newcastle hallmarks. Gilt movement with lever escapement and diamond end stone. M. Eastman 14k yellow gold case double signed with triple serial number 17587. Off-white dial with black Roman numerals and gold Fassonzeiger hands. Sub-seconds dial at six o'clock. Engine turned and engraved case and bow. Personalized for E.A. Martin.
Hamilton G.C.T. (Greenwich Civil Time) military pocket watch ca 1942. Hamilton 4992B twenty-two jewel movement tested at six positions. Black dial with white Arabic numerals and outer seconds chapter. Center seconds. Pendant wind and set with hack feature.
A group of four open face pocket watches in gold filled cases including one 21 jewel Bulova ca 1935 with a black dial and gold hands, a 17 jewel Bulova ca 1952 with a two tone silver dial and gold hands, a 1924 Illinois Transit 19 jewel and a 1916 Illinois with a 17 jewel movement. 2b1af7f3a8