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Elgin, Ill. 1864 – 1874
One of the most predominant early American Watch producers.  Learning from the errors in production and mistakes in design, National Watch Co. was formed in 1864 by officers of the earlier Waltham Watch Co.  Some of these Waltham organizers were P.S. Bartlett, D.G. Currier, Otis Hoyt, Charles H. Mason, M.D. Ogden and others.  The idea of beginning a large watch company for the mid-West was discussed by J.C. Adams, Bartlett, and Blake.  After a trip to Waltham, Adams went back to Chicago and approached Benjamin W. Raymond, a former mayor of Chicago, to put up the necessary capital to get the company started.  Adams and Raymond succeeded in getting others to pledge their financial support.  The National Watch Co. was formed in August 1864 and incorporated in Elgin, Illinois.  The factory was completed in 1866, and the 1st movement was a B.W. Raymond, 18 size!  All watches were key wind and had porcelain dials marked: “NATIONAL WATCH Co.”   Any dial that is marked this way and is mint, is very scarce.  They made history laid the foundations of the Industrial Revolution with production efficiencies and the ease of service by watch journeyman in the field.  They produced 400,000 watches by 1874.   In 1874 they went out of business, refinanced, and incorporated with a Name change to the city to which they owed their origin, Elgin NATIONAL WATCH Co., Elgin, Illinois.  They went on to produce 50 million watches, both wrist & pocket by 1955.  If it wasn’t for the NATIONAL WATCH Co., Elgin watches would have never existed.  

This watch is No. 100,001, 2nd run Circa: 1871.  NATIONAL WATCH Co. M.D. Ogden 1871 15j Key Wind & Sterling Chain.  It is complete with its sterling silver vest chain, T-Bar, and winding key.  Full plate gilt, 15 jewels, key wind and key set.  Superb all original condition Key wind open face hinged back and bezel case free of initials or any personalization.  Case marked "DUEBER SILVERINE" The dial is marked "NATIONAL WATCH CO." and is hairline free.  Scarce early No. all original example of this Historic Watch Co.  Just removed from my personal collection.  Clean running and still accurate. THIS IS A FINE COLLECTIBLE. DON'T INVEST IN THE STOCK MARKET OR BONDS. BUY HISTORIC AND COLLECTIBLE HARD ASSETS.

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NATIONAL WATCH Co. M.D. Ogden 1871 15j Key Wind & Sterling Chain

SKU: 3099
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