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Illinois Manhattan/New Yorker - sold

Illinois 5838


Was $250; now reduced to $225. White All gold filled case. Dimensions: 33.5mm long lug to lug by 27.5mm wide, not including winding crown. Bezel is excellent. Back is excellent. No personalized engraving. Good original dial, somewhat dark, luminous missing from hands. Excellent and correct to the era replacement crown. 17J grade 607 movement sets and winds perfectly, recently serviced and keeping accurate time. Even many die-hard Illinois collectors get it wrong when differentiating between the Illinois "Manhattan" and "New Yorker." They will say it depends on whether the seconds bit is at 6:00 or 9:00. Wrong. According to Fred Freidburg, the "dean" of Illinois watches, it's a Manhattan if it has a metal bracelet, and a New Yorker if it has a leather bracelet. Both models came with seconds at either 6:00 or 9:00. So here we have a model with seconds at 9:00, which is the more scarce variation. With the leather band, it's currently a New Yorker. If you want a Manhattan, just put a metal bracelet on it! This is a beautiful Illinois watch, near 90 years old!