Here is a real scarce watch for the serious collector. 16 size 23 jewel manual wind lever set movement is adjusted for temperature and 6 positions it is marked "Sangamo Special" it is running well and keeping good time. This is the one with the Fishscale Damaskeening. White porcelain dial with black numbers and blue/black hands. This dial has a faint hairline between the 11 and 12 but no chips or cracks. Nickel case with screw on back and screw on bezel. Size 50 mm. not counting the winding area. Serial number 2575917 which means it was made in 1914. Comes with our 6 month warranty as do all our listings.
Those of you who have followed the fantastic tails our west coast sales team of one, Ken Cooper, will know that he has wondered from beer garden to beer garden and sometimes forgets to come in out of the rain. Anyway this is what Ken says is fact about the history of this fine Illinois timepiece but I leave it up to you to decide.
The very moment this Illinois "Sangamo Special" pocket watch left the plant all those who saw it or touched it, or stocked it for display knew there was just something special about it. It's timekeeping was superb, the way it was assembled showed care & old world workmanship so it was no shock the day it was placed for sale it was sold to a bright young man named Fred Foxx who was known throughout the city as a real "comer". When America entered WW I Fred was one of the first to join and he was assigned to the 42d Infantry Division (Rainbow) where he stood out in battle. His Illinois watch was with him and when they returned to the states the first thing Fred did was have the watch serviced but all it needed was a cleaning & oiling as it was keeping accurate time and it's appearance looked brand new. Fred's career continued to soar and he loved his special pocket watch so much that he credited it with his rise to the top in his career field. In late 1948 Fred with his health in decline he sold his watch to a family friend a Mr. Sneed Sottsworth who vowed to care for this beauty as Fred had done. Sneed proved to be true to his vow and the watch was serviced and treated with great care. As Sneed proceeded past "The Golden Years" he sold this sterling beauty to Girard at a watch show that was in town. Sobbing as Girard purchased the watch Mr. Sottsworth told Girard the story of the watch and Girard vowed it would soon be in good hands as his customers were the "cream of the crop". Hearing this Sneed either broke wind or stepped on an exploding firecracker, judging from the loud explosion coming from him, and dropped dead at the foot of Girard. Not fazed, Girard continued to eat his large ice cream sandwich and told the show's staff to call 911 as he felt the old gent had expired and was quickly assuming "room temperature". The watch is now for sale at a great price and Girard just knows that it will please one of his many customers who purchases it, as it is such a nice piece of old world craftsmanship. Strike now while you can as this watch is one for the ages. Please no mention of ice cream to Girard or you'll never get rid of him. He knows more about ice cream than Detroit knows about automobiles and he just loves to expound upon the subject of ice cream.