Real commitment by a mono-brand gatherer. A wonderful 24.5 pounds gauging set of 5 five books on the Illinois Watch Co. was composed by one man, Frederic ‘Fred’ J. Friedberg.

Last week, I unearthed this article in the LA Times. on Fred’s work and caused me to acknowledge I think nothing about Illinois watches. This American brand was making excellent craftsmanship deco style watches yet was made bankrupt around 90 years ago.

Fred Friedberg and just a piece of his assortment. Photograph by Allen J. Schaben/LA Times

Illinois Watch Co

Friedberg turned into a watch authority in the last part of the 1980s, which was a lovely surprising interest in those days. He was a lawyer in his 40s, and unintentionally, he caught a vintage Girard Perregaux watch. He bought it, and that’s when everything started. He zeroed in on Illinois wristwatches, as they delivered excellent craftsmanship deco watches with a quality that – as indicated by Fred – effectively could equal the Swiss-made watches. In 1928, Illinois Watch Co was bought by Hamilton. Not the Hamilton we know today, but rather before it turned into a Swiss brand and part of Swatch Group. Until the last part of the 1960s, Hamilton was American claimed and delivering watches in the USA. In any case, Illinois stopped to exist before that time, and there was just one nice book on them before this new arrangement of five books by Fred.

In 2004, the book “The Illinois Watch: The Life and Times of a Great American Watch Company” was delivered. Composed by, and I kid you not, Fred Friedberg. He concluded that the 2004 title didn’t cover the brand sufficiently enough. In 2008, he began to work on his 1648 pages thick story on “Illinois Watch & Its Hamilton years: The Finale of a Great American Watch Company.”. That’s right, it took him 10 years to compose this book and get it going. 1000 duplicates were printed, and 500 are still left for sale.

Even if Illinois Watch Co doesn’t ring a bell, I accept that it will definitely assist you with understanding watch gathering surprisingly better. Also, nothing beats an incredible story at any rate. This arrangement of books can be requested by means of Fred’s site for just $175.- . That’s an easy decision for any watch fan out there.