**** Ulrich Bretscher's Pocket Watch Page ****
ILLINOIS WATCH CO, Springfield USA "Capitol"
Bought: Fleamarket in Fredericksburg, S.Va., October 1997 while on vacation in USA. $ 160.-
Remarks: When acquired, the watch was fitted with a celluloid glass. Further the silvered face was stained coffee-brown. Considering there ara some deep scratches in the celluloid glass and a repair mark in the case dated 12.3.85, the watch probably had originally a mineral glas that was replaced by the celluloid glas a long time ago. Judged from its wear, the watch appears, as to have served it's original owner for life. The lubricating oil has since resinified.
To restore the watch to proper condition, I cleaned it, refreshed the silvered dial in a solution of thiourea in sulphphonic acid (it's usually non agressive to old paint) which made it look nearly new, then added a snugly fitting mineral glass and relined the bearing of the winding stem. One inappropriate case screw had to be replaced by a correct one.