Watch Reviews

The Illinois Speedway: A Watch Made Famous by the 1929 Indianapolis 500

by on Nov.13, 2010, under Review

The Illinois watch Company is not a brand we have featured on Hodinkee before, but here we go!  Illinois wristwatches from the 1920s are considered by some collectors to be the apogee of American watchmaking. These watches were known for their distinctive case designs and beautifully detailed movements.

There are a number of different Illinois wristwatches from the period that are objects of collectors’ desire including the Consul, Piccadilly, Manhattan, and New Yorker. Though, we are particularly fond of the Speedway because of its racing heritage. The Speedway was given and worn by a number of the drivers in the 1929 Indianapolis 500 and Illinois watch Company stated this in advertisements at the time.

Retailing for $42.50 back in 1929, the particular Speedway we have shown is available for $950. For more information, click here (and scroll down).


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