It is a Bernard Datyner 6 Jewel watch in an Illinois Watch Case Company Square Nickel Silver “Argonic” Model case. An extremely rare, hard-to-find, possibly unique and greatly desirable watch. This wristwatch has been serviced by a watchmaker (who loved working on it and is delighted that it winds, sets and runs great).
The gorgeous late 1920s sliver tone IWC Illinois Watch Case Company square case measures 25mm across and 36mm in length including the lugs. Signed inside IWC CO ARGONIC. Argonic is the case style name. This is a hinged case, with a square, angled bezel and triangular integral lugs. The watch case hase a beautiful decorated feature to the sides – a running vine type of decorative engraving. The back of the case shows wear, as do most nickel sliver watch cases from this time period.
The Bernard Daytner Swiss made movement is signed and also states: 6 Jewels; 2 Adjustments. Bernard Datyner, manufacturer of watches, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, in business from 1924. B Datyner often purchased IWC (Illinois Watch Case Co.) cases during this era.
The watch features a completely correct and unrestored white dial with black “Gothic” or “Gutenberg” style Arabic numerals and inner minutes track. Blued steel hour and minute hands with great full moon circles, that are completely original and in excellent condition. Genuine glass crystal with virtually no inclusions. This is the real deal. Case by the celebrated Illinois Watch Case Company.
The Illinois Watch Case Company was a major maker of forward design-watch cases with headquarters in the city of Elgin, Illinois. It manufactured watch cases under many model names. Illinois Watch Case Company cases were marketed internationally, and bought by many watch companies seeking to benefit from their excellent case designs. In 1928, Illinois Watch Case Co. was purchased by Hamilton Watch.
Illinois Watch Case Company was one of the leading watch case factories in the United States. They manufactured everything in the line of watch cases, from solid gold, gold filled to silver, and their reputation extended all over the world and there was hardly a country on the globe where their watch cases were not sold.
In summary this is a hauntingly classic square bezel Art Deco Jazz Age men’s watch. The watch has been furnished with an elegant stainless scissor type expansion watch band, signed with the Foster logo and: FOSTER / STAINLESS
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