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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Elgin Grade 8 Pocket Watch

Grade: 8

M.D. Ogden

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 257666
Grade: 8
Variation: M.D. Ogden
Model: 2
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1873
Run Quantity: 1,700
Grade/Model Run: 1 of 5
Total Production: 4,917
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Signing Style: Mixed
Movement Inlay Color: None
Movement Setting: Lever
Wind Mechanism:Transitional
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Movement Markings: M.D. Ogden
Patent Pinion
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
1904 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: The Elgin 1896 Material Catalog designates this run as "Ogden, Series 2" while all Grade 8 (Not Ogden) runs published in the 1896 Material Catalog were designated as "Series 3." Series designations were transitioned to model numbers in the 1904 Material Catalog.
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Verifications & Observations

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  • November 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 257771 was reported as accurate
  • September 23, 2019:
    Serial Number 258146 was reported as accurate
  • January 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 257307 was reported as accurate
  • November 1, 2018:
    Serial Number 258418 was reported as accurate
  • July 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 258479 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • July 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 257661 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • February 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 257160 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
Elgin Grade 8 Pocket Watch