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Private Label Trade Names on American Pocket Watches: “Burlington Watch Co.” Part 52: The Grade 805 Burlington Special

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Burlington Special Grade 805 [Image Courtesy of PWDB User aelgtoer].
Pictured: Burlington Special Grade 805 [Image Courtesy of PWDB User aelgtoer].

In 1912, the Illinois Watch Company transitioned away from the 16-Size Model 4 and 5 that was used for the standard “Burlington Special” since its inception.

As a result of this transition, the new 16-Size “Burlington Special” was reissued using the Illinois Grade 805, based on the updated Model 8 and 9 designs.

The core features of the movement remained the same – 19 Jewels and Adjusted to Temperature, Isochronism, and Positions. The pillar plate was marked “Burlington Watch Co.” in black inlay, and the train bridge still featured the 3-finger cut, reminiscent of the previous generation.

The Grade 805 “Burlington Special” was only offered for two years before another transition to the more familiar Grade 106.

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