A Guide to Illinois Watch Co. size 12 watches, Grade 255.
Run.
Date
From
To
Total
H/O
Jls
Adj.
Run.
Date
From
To
Total
H/O
Jls
Adj.
1
1903
1,685,001
1,686,000
1,000
O
17
Unadj.
97
1910
2,310,201
2,310,600
400
O
17
Unadj.
2
1904
1,748,751
1,748,900
150
H
17
Unadj.
98
1911
2,314,201
2,314,400
200
O
17
Unadj.
3
1904
1,749,481
1,749,560
80
O
17
Unadj.
99
1911
2,324,501
2,325,100
600
H
17
Unadj.
4
1905
1,762,131
1,762,210
80
O
17
Unadj.
100
1911
2,325,601
2,326,000
400
O
17
Unadj.
5
1905
1,762,561
1,762,760
200
H
17
Unadj.
101
1911
2,328,001
2,328,200
200
O
17
Unadj.
6
1905
1,769,951
1,770,000
50
H
17
Unadj.
102
1911
2,328,751
2,329,000
250
O
17
Unadj.
7
1905
1,775,001
1,775,600
600
O
17
Unadj.
103
1911
2,335,001
2,335,400
400
O
17
Unadj.
8
1905
1,775,601
1,776,200
600
H
17
Unadj.
104
1911
2,337,401
2,337,900
500
H
17
Unadj.
9
1905
1,779,801
1,780,300
500
O
17
Unadj.
105
1911
2,340,501
2,341,000
500
O
17
Unadj.
10
1905
1,780,301
1,780,600
300
H
17
Unadj.
106
1911
2,350,001
2,350,600
600
H
17
Unadj.
11
1905
1,781,001
1,781,100
100
O
17
Unadj.
107
1911
2,358,601
2,358,950
350
O
17
Unadj.
12
1905
1,781,301
1,781,600
300
H
17
Unadj.
108
1911
2,367,931
2,367,940
10
H
17
Unadj.
13
1905
1,782,301
1,782,800
500
O
17
Unadj.
109
1911
2,368,201
2,368,600
400
O
17
Unadj.
14
1905
1,783,801
1,784,000
200
H
17
Unadj.
110
1911
2,374,901
2,375,100
200
O
17
Unadj.
15
1905
1,784,201
1,784,700
500
O
17
Unadj.
111
1911
2,382,101
2,382,300
200
H
17
Unadj.
16
1905
1,788,991
1,789,000
10
O
17
Unadj.
112
1911
2,386,101
2,386,160
60
O
17
Unadj.
17
1905
1,789,801
1,790,090
290
H
17
Unadj.
113
1911
2,386,171
2,386,200
30
O
17
Unadj.
18
1905
1,790,701
1,790,800
100
O
17
Unadj.
114
1912
2,397,401
2,397,700
300
O
17
Unadj.
19
1905
1,790,901
1,791,000
100
O
17
Unadj.
115
1912
2,405,201
2,405,900
700
O
17
Unadj.
20
1905
1,796,001
1,796,100
100
O
17
Unadj.
116
1912
2,410,701
2,411,100
400
O
17
Unadj.
21
1905
1,796,101
1,797,000
900
H
17
Unadj.
117
1912
2,424,751
2,424,800
50
O
17
Unadj.
22
1905
1,799,001
1,799,200
200
H
17
Unadj.
118
1912
2,428,101
2,428,300
200
O
17
Unadj.
23
1905
1,812,001
1,812,200
200
H
17
Unadj.
119
1912
2,434,201
2,434,400
200
O
17
Unadj.
24
1905
1,812,901
1,813,000
100
H
17
Unadj.
120
1912
2,437,901
2,438,000
100
O
17
Unadj.
25
1905
1,816,001
1,816,200
200
H
17
Unadj.
121
1912
2,442,001
2,442,400
400
O
17
Unadj.
26
1905
1,820,001
1,820,400
400
O
17
Unadj.
122
1912
2,449,801
2,450,100
300
O
17
Unadj.
27
1905
1,821,101
1,821,300
200
H
17
Unadj.
123
1912
2,450,131
2,450,200
70
H
17
Unadj.
28
1905
1,822,201
1,822,500
300
O
17
Unadj.
124
1912
2,450,291
2,450,300
10
H
17
Unadj.
29
1905
1,842,201
1,842,500
300
H
17
Unadj.
125
1912
2,450,601
2,450,900
300
O
17
Unadj.
30
1906
1,845,231
1,845,330
100
O
17
Unadj.
126
1912
2,460,601
2,461,000
400
O
17
Unadj.
31
1906
1,846,001
1,846,400
400
O
17
Unadj.
127
1912
2,473,801
2,474,000
200
H
17
Unadj.
32
1906
1,849,001
1,849,500
500
O
17
Unadj.
128
1912
2,488,101
2,488,600
500
O
17
Unadj.
33
1906
1,849,601
1,850,000
400
H
17
Unadj.
129
1912
2,494,601
2,494,900
300
O
17
Unadj.
34
1906
1,858,301
1,858,800
500
O
17
Unadj.
130
1912
2,499,501
2,499,700
200
H
17
Unadj.
35
1906
1,862,601
1,862,800
200
O
17
Unadj.
131
1912
2,500,501
2,500,900
400
O
17
Unadj.
36
1906
1,866,301
1,866,700
400
H
17
Unadj.
132
1913
2,508,201
2,508,500
300
H
17
Unadj.
37
1906
1,872,601
1,872,900
300
O
17
Unadj.
133
1913
2,508,801
2,509,000
200
O
17
Unadj.
38
1906
1,875,601
1,875,900
300
H
17
Unadj.
134
1913
2,515,201
2,515,310
110
O
17
Unadj.
39
1906
1,880,601
1,880,900
300
O
17
Unadj.
135
1913
2,515,321
2,515,400
80
O
17
Unadj.
40
1906
1,887,701
1,888,000
300
H
17
Unadj.
136
1913
2,543,151
2,543,180
30
H
17
Unadj.
41
1906
1,893,401
1,893,800
400
O
17
Unadj.
137
1913
2,561,901
2,562,000
100
O
17
Unadj.
42
1906
1,901,001
1,901,500
500
O
17
Unadj.
138
1914
2,605,801
2,605,900
100
H
17
Unadj.
43
1906
1,904,001
1,904,600
600
H
17
Unadj.
139
1914
2,609,401
2,609,600
200
O
17
Unadj.
44
1906
1,914,091
1,914,120
30
H
17
Unadj.
140
1914
2,631,221
2,631,250
30
H
17
Unadj.
45
1906
1,915,601
1,916,000
400
H
17
Unadj.
141
1915
2,699,501
2,699,550
50
O
17
Unadj.
46
1906
1,919,601
1,919,900
300
O
17
Unadj.
142
1915
2,699,791
2,699,800
10
O
17
Unadj.
47
1906
1,922,601
1,922,800
200
H
17
Unadj.
143
1915
2,769,011
2,769,050
40
H
17
Unadj.
48
1906
1,928,601
1,928,900
300
O
17
Unadj.
144
1915
2,799,251
2,799,300
50
O
17
Unadj.
49
1906
1,929,801
1,930,000
200
H
17
Unadj.
145
1915
2,799,331
2,799,340
10
O
17
Unadj.
50
1906
1,933,001
1,933,200
200
H
17
Unadj.
146
1915
2,880,501
2,880,850
350
O
17
Unadj.
51
1907
1,946,301
1,946,600
300
H
17
Unadj.
147
1916
2,880,851
2,881,000
150
H
17
Unadj.
52
1907
1,947,701
1,947,765
65
O
17
Unadj.
148
1916
2,940,501
2,940,600
100
O
17
Unadj.
53
1907
1,957,116
1,957,265
150
H
17
Unadj.
149
1916
2,940,961
2,941,000
40
H
17
Unadj.
54
1907
1,960,401
1,960,600
200
H
17
Unadj.
150
1916
2,974,001
2,975,000
1,000
O
17
Unadj.
55
1907
1,960,901
1,961,000
100
O
17
Unadj.
151
1916
2,978,001
2,979,000
1,000
O
17
Unadj.
56
1907
1,964,001
1,964,400
400
O
17
Unadj.
152
1916
2,981,001
2,982,000
1,000
O
17
Unadj.
57
1907
1,969,601
1,969,800
200
H
17
Unadj.
153
1916
3,031,501
3,031,850
350
O
17
Unadj.
58
1907
1,975,401
1,975,900
500
O
17
Unadj.
154
1916
3,036,501
3,036,700
200
O
17
Unadj.
59
1907
1,985,501
1,986,100
600
O
17
Unadj.
155
1916
3,042,701
3,042,900
200
O
17
Unadj.
60
1907
1,992,001
1,992,200
200
H
17
Unadj.
156
1916
3,045,601
3,045,700
100
H
17
Unadj.
61
1907
1,992,201
1,992,800
600
O
17
Unadj.
157
1917
3,077,001
3,077,200
200
O
17
Unadj.
62
1907
1,996,501
1,997,000
500
H
17
Unadj.
158
1917
3,077,801
3,078,000
200
O
17
Unadj.
63
1907
2,023,001
2,023,700
700
H
17
Unadj.
159
1917
3,093,301
3,093,400
100
O
17
Unadj.
64
1908
2,032,301
2,032,320
20
H
17
Unadj.
160
1917
3,093,701
3,093,900
200
O
17
Unadj.
65
1908
2,074,701
2,074,900
200
H
17
Unadj.
161
1917
3,094,201
3,094,400
200
H
17
Unadj.
66
1908
2,082,751
2,082,780
30
H
17
Unadj.
162
1917
3,094,451
3,094,600
150
H
17
Unadj.
67
1908
2,110,201
2,110,400
200
O
17
Unadj.
163
1917
3,115,301
3,115,500
200
O
17
Unadj.
68
1908
2,124,001
2,124,030
30
O
17
Unadj.
164
1917
3,139,001
3,139,200
200
H
17
Unadj.
69
1908
2,124,101
2,124,110
10
H
17
Unadj.
165
1917
3,139,601
3,139,800
200
H
17
Unadj.
70
1909
2,132,301
2,132,600
300
O
17
Unadj.
166
1917
3,139,971
3,139,980
10
O
17
Unadj.
71
1909
2,132,601
2,132,750
150
O
19
Unadj.
167
1917
3,145,801
3,146,000
200
O
17
Unadj.
72
1909
2,133,251
2,133,300
50
H
17
Unadj.
168
1917
3,170,101
3,170,600
500
O
17
Unadj.
73
1909
2,182,331
2,182,350
20
O
17
Unadj.
169
1917
3,171,801
3,172,000
200
H
17
Unadj.
74
1909
2,182,351
2,182,390
40
H
17
Unadj.
170
1917
3,188,001
3,188,300
300
O
17
Unadj.
75
1909
2,202,411
2,202,450
40
O
17
Unadj.
171
1918
3,261,201
3,261,500
300
O
17
Unadj.
76
1910
2,223,101
2,223,300
200
O
17
Unadj.
172
1918
3,261,601
3,261,800
200
O
17
Unadj.
77
1910
2,229,901
2,230,000
100
O
17
Unadj.
173
1918
3,270,401
3,270,700
300
H
17
Unadj.
78
1910
2,234,001
2,234,500
500
O
17
Unadj.
174
1918
3,277,961
3,277,990
30
O
17
Unadj.
79
1910
2,243,101
2,243,700
600
O
17
Unadj.
175
1918
3,309,211
3,309,260
50
H
17
Unadj.
80
1910
2,247,481
2,247,510
30
O
17
Unadj.
176
1918
3,309,301
3,309,410
110
H
17
Unadj.
81
1910
2,249,301
2,250,000
700
O
17
Unadj.
177
1918
3,334,401
3,334,600
200
O
17
Unadj.
82
1910
2,250,601
2,250,900
300
H
17
Unadj.
178
1918
3,358,301
3,358,800
500
O
17
Unadj.
83
1910
2,251,001
2,251,100
100
H
17
Unadj.
179
1918
3,374,501
3,374,800
300
H
17
Unadj.
84
1910
2,251,801
2,252,000
200
O
17
Unadj.
180
1918
3,399,231
3,399,270
40
H
17
Unadj.
85
1910
2,258,001
2,258,100
100
O
17
Unadj.
181
1918
3,399,401
3,399,700
300
H
17
Unadj.
86
1910
2,258,501
2,259,000
500
O
17
Unadj.
182
1918
3,414,051
3,414,100
50
O
17
Unadj.
87
1910
2,260,061
2,260,080
20
O
17
Unadj.
183
1918
3,414,901
3,415,000
100
O
17
Unadj.
88
1910
2,260,351
2,260,390
40
H
17
Unadj.
184
1919
3,461,001
3,461,100
100
O
17
Unadj.
89
1910
2,260,831
2,260,900
70
H
17
Unadj.
185
1919
3,522,001
3,522,300
300
O
17
Unadj.
90
1910
2,270,001
2,270,500
500
O
17
Unadj.
186
1919
3,538,101
3,538,500
400
H
17
Unadj.
91
1910
2,286,101
2,286,600
500
O
17
Unadj.
187
1919
3,550,501
3,550,900
400
H
17
Unadj.
92
1910
2,296,801
2,297,000
200
O
17
Unadj.
188
1919
3,566,201
3,566,400
200
O
17
Unadj.
93
1910
2,300,451
2,300,530
80
O
17
Unadj.
189
1920
3,639,001
3,639,500
500
O
17
Unadj.
94
1910
2,303,001
2,303,200
200
O
17
Unadj.
190
1920
3,675,001
3,675,150
150
H
17
Unadj.
95
1910
2,303,901
2,304,000
100
H
17
Unadj.
191
1920
3,685,001
3,685,300
300
O
17
Unadj.
96
1910
2,308,001
2,308,400
400
H
17
Unadj.
  Total
50,255
 
Name
H/O
Estimate
Name
H/O
Estimate
Basch & Co 'Specially made for'
17 Jewels O.F.
500
Landis Watch Co. Chicago USA "King Landis"
17 Jewels H.
50
Basch & Co 'Specially made for'
17 Jewels H.
210
Lebolt & Company New York-Chicago.
17 Jewels H.
10
Hyman Berg & Co. Chicago.
17 Jewels H.
100
I Lewkowitz, New York
17 Jewels H.
200
M. M. Bovard & Son Phila. Pa.
17 Jewels O.F.
70
Lexington Watch Providence R I. [Made for Baird-North Co.]
17 Jewels O.F.
150
Chronos
17 Jewels O.F.
100
J Liebenow, Green Bat Wis.
17 Jewels O.F.
100
Chronos
17 Jewels H.
10
S J Lyons, Philadelphia PA.
17 Jewels O.F.
110
Calvin P Engle Hazelton Pa.
17 Jewels O.F.
30
S J Lyons, Philadelphia PA.
17 Jewels H.
70  
Fleagans & Co. Los Angeles 'Specially made for'
17 Jewels H.
30
Nelson's Special
17 Jewels O.F.
100
Federal Watch Co. Chicago USA.
17 Jewels O.F.
50
Jos. M. Parker Jr. Phila.
17 Jewels O.F.
50
Federal Watch Co. Chicago USA.
17 Jewels H.
100
Patterson's Special
17 Jewels O.F.
100
E L Feiling, Milwaukee Wis.
17 Jewels H.
20
Phelps Perry, New York
17 Jewels O.F.
50
H Fraiberg & Son, Cleveland OH.
17 Jewels H.
300
F Pieper 'Special'
17 Jewels O.F.
35
Frank, Laubach & Clemmer Co.
17 Jewels O.F.
10
Plymouth Watch Co. [made for Sears, Roebuck & Co.]
17 Jewels H.
400
Alf. W Fuchs, Milwaulkee Wis.
17 Jewels H.
50
Price & Landas, Titusville Pa.
17 Jewels O.F.
10
Gale-Ford Co. Norfolk VA.
17 Jewels O.F.
50
Railroad Dispatcher Special. [made for J M Roberts Pittsburgh]
17 Jewels O.F.
315
J B Gillies, Philadelphia (The Accurate on dial )
17 Jewels O.F.
50
Railroad Dispatcher Special. [made for J M Roberts Pittsburgh]
17 Jewels H.
200
Girard
17 Jewels O.F.
50
E P Roberts & Sons Pittsburg, Pa.
17 Jewels O.F.
30
Charles E Graves & Co. Chicago.
17 Jewels O.F.
60
Schmedtie Bros. Washington D.C.
17 Jewels H.
80
David Greenberg Philadelphia, Pa.
17 Jewels O.F.
90
A Schnell, Troy N.Y.
17 Jewels H.
50
Chas. H Hambly, Philadelphia 'Expressly made for'
17 Jewels H.
100
R Seidel, Milwaukee Wis.
17 Jewels O.F.
50
Hardy & Hayes on dial (Unnamed movement)
17 Jewels O.F.
15
R Seidel, Milwaukee Wis.
17 Jewels H.
100
G Heitkemper Co. Portland Ore.
17 Jewels H.
80
Shanabanger Special Cleveland O.
17 Jewels O.F.
20
Hennegen - Bates Co. Baltimore MD.
17 Jewels O.F.
40
Simons Jewelry, Devonport LA.
17 Jewels H.
200
Holman, Philadelphia.
17 Jewels O.F.
100
Standard St Louis, [for Mermod Jaccard & King Co. St Louis]
17 Jewels H.
50
Illinois Watch Co.
17 Jewels O.F.
21,540
Archie Tegtmeyer, Milwaukee
17 Jewels H.
30
Illinois Watch Co.
17 Jewels H.
11,400
The Binder Jewelry Co. Greenville MS.
17 Jewels O.F.
100
Illinois Stewart
17 Jewels O.F.
3,650
The Frank Herschede Co. Cincinnati O.
17 Jewels O.F.
20
Illinois Stewart
17 Jewels H.
1,950
The Philip H Stevens Co. Hartford Conn.
17 Jewels O.F.
50
W T Irvine, La Crosse Wis.
17 Jewels H.
40
R P Thorn & Sons on dial (Unnamed movement)
17 Jewels O.F.
40
B.S. Kingman Co. New Market N.H.
17 Jewels O.F.
20
T G Timpane, Cohoes N.Y.
17 Jewels O.F.
20
Laclede [made for Laclede Watch Co. St Louis Mo.]
17 Jewels O.F.
3,000
Traub Bros. & Co. Detroit Mich.
17 Jewels O.F.
50
Landis Watch Co. Chicago USA
17 Jewels O.F.
300
Washington Watch Co. 'Liberty Bell' [for Montgomery  Ward]
17 Jewels O.F.
620
Landis Watch Co. Chicago USA
17 Jewels H.
100
Washington Watch Co. 'Liberty Bell' [for Montgomery  Ward]
17 Jewels H.
590
Landis Watch Co. Chicago USA "King Landis"
19 Jewels O.F.
150
Wolverine
17 Jewels O.F.
500
Landis Watch Co. Chicago USA "King Landis"
17 Jewels O.F.
300
Wolverine
17 Jewels H.
200
Grade 255,
17 jewels unadjusted, manufactured from 1903 to 1920 a total of 50,255 movements in 191 runs make up this grade. Model 1 open faced and model 2
hunter; 3/4 plate movements of medium quality,  single roller and patent micrometric regulator. Open faced 33,245 in 116 runs and Hunter 17,010 in
75 runs

Observations,
The movements have mostly rayed pattern demaskeening with the majority named Illinois Watch Co., named and private labels make up the
remainder. The first 1,600 Illinois Watch Co. movements  are marked USA and the last 900 movements have double roller marked on the pillar plate.

Variants,
Four types of escapement bridge can be found, the majority have the two fingered bridge. The laclede movements have a full plate bridge, the
Washington Watch Co. have a  full plate scalloped bridge and the Plymouth watch Co. have a split bridge. Run 71 is run of 19 jewel movements, a
Landis Watch Co. Chicago U.S.A. (King Landis) 19 jewel movement has been recorded.  

Description,
17 jewels, composition settings, compensating balance with timing screws, exposed escapement, patent micrometric regulator, best quality Swiss
Breguet hairspring, patent safety center pinion, Swiss mainspring, highly polished concave visible winding wheel, sunk second dial set in recessed of
plate, friction fitted dust band, beautifully demaskeened in rayed pattern.
Images showing two types of escapement bridges.
Grade 255 Runs.
Grade 255 Movements found to date.
Serial numbers used on this page by the kind permission of
Russell W Snyder
Last update 09/23/2017.