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Pictured: Members and Guests at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Retail Jewelers’ Association at Detroit, Jewelers’ Circular, July 1908. While the Burlington Watch Company strategically positioned itself in the market against the methods of the “watch trust,” independent retail operations and jobbers began to...
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Pictured: Burlington Special Montgomery Dial, c.1914 During the early evolution of the “Burlington Special” watch, the Burlington Watch Company offered customers a small selection of dial options. Around 1910, the company introduced the Montgomery “Burlington Special” dial, produced as a double-sunk enamel dial featuring marginal...
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Pictured: Burlington Special Grade 185 Movement by the Illinois Watch Company, c.1908. Manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company for the Burlington Watch Company (Babson Bros.) headquartered in Chicago. c.1908 Size: 18s Model: 5 Configuration: Open Face Setting: Lever Jewels: 19 Adjustments: Temperature, Isochronism, and 3...
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Pictured: Burlington Special “The Jewels,” Burlington Watch Company Catalog, c.1911. The 16-Size Grade 185 “Burlington Special” sold by the Burlington Watch Company featured nineteen ruby and sapphire jewels. The c.1911 Burlington Watch Company catalog draws attention to the jeweling: “The Jewels. The jewels used are...
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