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Elgin M.D. Ogden Pocket Watch

Mahlon Dickerson Ogden was millionaire real estate developer and brother to William B. Ogden, the first mayor of Chicago and founder of the Galena and Chicago Railroad. Mahlon D. Ogden's mansion in Chicago was the only residence in the path of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to escape without damage.

The "M.D. Ogden" watch was manufactured by the National Watch Company from 1869-1874 as an 18-Size Gilt Keywind movement in both 7-Jewel and 11-Jewel variants. The Keywind Ogden was grouped with the Fargo and Ogden as grade "12" under the numbered scheme introduced by the renamed Elgin National Watch Company around 1880. A total of 39,819 Elgin movements were manufactured with the "M.D. Ogden" name (37,902 Keywind and 1,917 Stemwind). The Ogden movement appeared in every issue of the Elgin Almanac (1871-1876).


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Grade 12

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Est. Production Years: 1869 - 1874
Size: 18
Model: 1
Setting: Key
Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Jewels: 11
Adjustments: Unadjusted
Total Production: 37,902
Introduced: August 31, 1869 - August 11, 1870
Profile Code: 18s-M1-11j-HGK-U-M.D. Ogden

Grade 8

Est. Production Years: 1873 - 1874
Size: 18
Model: 2
Setting: Lever
Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Jewels: 11
Adjustments: Unadjusted
Total Production: 1,917
Profile Code: 18s-M2-11j-HGL-U-M.D. Ogden

Grade 19

Est. Production Years: 1874
Size: 18
Model: 2
Setting: Lever
Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Jewels: 11
Adjustments: Unadjusted
Total Production: 400
Profile Code: 18s-M2-11j-HGL-U-M.D. Ogden
Grade Number Est. Production Years Size Model Setting Configuration Movement Finish Jewels Adjustments
12 1869 - 1874 18 1 Key Hunting Gilt 11 U
8 1873 - 1874 18 2 Lever Hunting Gilt 11 U
19 1874 18 2 Lever Hunting Gilt 11 U

Further Reading and References:
1871 Elgin Almanac, National Watch Company, 1871
1872 Elgin Almanac, National Watch Company, 1872
1873 Elgin Almanac, National Watch Company, 1873
1874 Elgin Almanac, National Watch Company, 1874
1875 Elgin Almanac, National Watch Company, 1875
1876 Elgin Almanac, National Watch Company, 1876
1896 Elgin Material Catalog, Elgin National Watch Company, 1896
1904 Elgin Material Catalog, Elgin National Watch Company, 1904
1915 Elgin Material Catalog, Elgin National Watch Company, 1915
1927 Elgin Material Catalog, Elgin National Watch Company, 1927
c.1950 Elgin Material Catalog Supplements, Elgin National Watch Company, c.1950
The Complete History of Watch Making in America by Charles S. Crossman
The Watch Factories of America Past and Present: A complete history of Watch Making in America by Henry G. Abbott
Elgin National Watch Company, The Keystone, August 1890