A reader inquired about the differences between the Elgin No. 49 Dial and the Illinois No. 114 (Bunn Special) Dial. Both were utilized heavily on railroad watches offered by the companies during the 1910s and 1920s.
The Elgin No. 49 and Illinois No. 114 dials are very similar but have notable differences. I have placed the two dials side-by-side for comparison.
The most noticeable differences are the arrow indicators instead of diamonds, the heavier hour numerals, and the rounded style applied to the “7” numeral.
Other differences include the heaviness of the minute delimiters and the size of the seconds bit.