The Illinois Springfield Watch Co. was founded in 1870.
It had an unusual array of founders — John C. Adams, George Black, John W. Bunn, William B. Miller, George Passfield and John T. Stuart — none of them watchmakers.
Stuart was a lawyer and former partner of Abraham Lincoln.
Miller was a local merchant.
Williams was a bank president, and Bunn and his brother owned a grocery business.
This did not stop the company from being profitable.
Their first pocket watch was produced in 1872 and was called the “Stuart.” Illinois was well known for their railroad pocket watches.
Over the years, the company name changed from the Illinois Springfield Watch Co. to the Springfield Illinois Watch Co., then later to the Illinois Watch Co.
The company was purchased by Hamilton in the 1920s.
They continued to produce Illinois watches until 1932.