The Worn & Wound Podcast Ep. 121: Collecting Illinois Watches with Fred Friedberg

This week, we’re joined by Fred Friedberg, author of The Illinois Watch & Its Hamilton YearsThe Illinois Watch Company played an important role in American watchmaking, producing watches at a great scale through the years of the Great Depression, including many classic Art Deco designs. Their history is linked closely to Hamilton, which is a main focus of Fred’s book. 

Fred is one of the foremost experts on the history of the Illinois Watch Company, in addition to being a noted collector and author. On the podcast, we discuss the long history of the Illinois Watch Company, what makes these watches interesting to collect, and how the internet has changed our hobby over the decades. 

Click here for more information on Fred’s book and to order a copy of your own, and be sure to check out the slider below for a small preview.

This week’s episode is brought to you by the Windup Watch Shop.


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Show Notes

Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.