Illinois Watch Company

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The Illinois Watch Company was founded on December 23, 1870, in Springfield, Illinois, by John C. Adams, John Whitfield Bunn (1831–1920) and various additional financiers.wikipedia
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Hamilton Watch Company

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In 1928, for a sum in excess of $5,000,000.00, the Illinois Watch Company was purchased by the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which continued to operate the factory under the Illinois name and shifted the emphasis from pocket to wrist watch production.
In 1928 Hamilton purchased the Illinois Watch Company for in excess of $5 million from the heirs of John Whitfield Bunn and Jacob Bunn.

Railroad chronometer

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The Bunn family surname was used in their most famous railroad watch, the Illinois "Bunn Special".
Later, Hamilton Watch Company, Illinois Watch Company and many of the other American watch manufacturers all produced railroad-grade watches.

John Whitfield Bunn and Jacob Bunn

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The Illinois Watch Company was founded on December 23, 1870, in Springfield, Illinois, by John C. Adams, John Whitfield Bunn (1831–1920) and various additional financiers. Jacob Bunn was the older brother of John Whitfield Bunn, and both men were among the closest friends and political allies of Illinois lawyer and statesman Abraham Lincoln, whose political career was largely financed and managed by the Bunn brothers.
John W. Bunn was an active participant in the development of industrial production of pocket watches for the railroads, and served as a founder, director, and Vice President of the Illinois Watch Company of Springfield, Illinois.

Springfield, Illinois

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The Illinois Watch Company was founded on December 23, 1870, in Springfield, Illinois, by John C. Adams, John Whitfield Bunn (1831–1920) and various additional financiers.

Quincy, Illinois

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A new company of the same name, owned by Craig Stone, is located in Quincy, Illinois.

Abraham Lincoln

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Jacob Bunn was the older brother of John Whitfield Bunn, and both men were among the closest friends and political allies of Illinois lawyer and statesman Abraham Lincoln, whose political career was largely financed and managed by the Bunn brothers.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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In 1928, for a sum in excess of $5,000,000.00, the Illinois Watch Company was purchased by the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which continued to operate the factory under the Illinois name and shifted the emphasis from pocket to wrist watch production.

Pocket watch

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In 1928, for a sum in excess of $5,000,000.00, the Illinois Watch Company was purchased by the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which continued to operate the factory under the Illinois name and shifted the emphasis from pocket to wrist watch production.

Great Depression

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By 1932, the Great Depression forced Hamilton to close the Illinois factory, though they retained possession of the name for many years.

United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Stone applied for the trademarks through the USPTO after the Swatch Group let them expire in 2004 and he was finally awarded the trademarks in 2009.

The Swatch Group

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Stone applied for the trademarks through the USPTO after the Swatch Group let them expire in 2004 and he was finally awarded the trademarks in 2009.

Watch

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In 1928, for a sum in excess of $5,000,000.00, the Illinois Watch Company was purchased by the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which continued to operate the factory under the Illinois name and shifted the emphasis from pocket to wrist watch production.

Webb C. Ball

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The Waltham Watch Company complied immediately with the requirements of Ball's guidelines, later followed by Elgin National Watch Company and most of the other American manufacturers: Aurora, Hamilton, Hampden, E. Howard & Co., Illinois, Seth Thomas, later on joined by some Swiss watch manufacturers: Audemars Piguet, Gallet, Longines, Record Watch, Vacheron Constantin.

Beau Brummell

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In 1928 there were several Beau Brummel styles from the Illinois Watch Company and in 1948 LeCoultre marketed a Beau Brummel watch with a minimalist design and no numbers.