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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
1931 Illinois Ensign (Special Model B)
I recently had the opportunity to overhaul a 1931-ish Illinois Ensign. I couldn't find a catalog image of the Ensign so I could be off on my dating but the serial number of the movement puts it in 1931.
As received, it was running off and on and was pretty dirty - but otherwise in very nice shape.
Under the dial is an 6/0 sized 17 jewel Illinois 607 movement.
After cleaning the movement, polishing the case and re-enameling the case engraving, I think it turned out really well.
If the Ensign looks familiar, it could be because it has a bigger brother called the Mate (Special Model H) which has a larger 3/0 sized movement. The Mate is a really nice sized watch and very large by vintage watch standards.