Private Label Trade Names on American Pocket Watches: “Burlington Watch Co.” Part 25: The “Burlington Special” Dial Variants
Two distinct variants of the standard whimsical “Burlington Special” dial were furnished on early watches sold by the Burlington Watch Company.
Both variants feature the familiar hour figures with curly flourishes. However, the first variant is characterized by looser curls. Additionally, the bottom of the “2” figures dip slightly below the baseline.
In contrast, the second variant features terminals with tighter curls and the “2” figures are characterized by a straight baseline. The diamond five-minute indicators are also less prominent.
Other traits remained consistent, including the red five-minute indicators around the perimeter and “Burlington Special” marked in the center.
The variant transition was implemented around 1910 when the Grade 185 “Burlington Special” was introduced. As a result, most of the earlier Grade 174 “Burlington Special” watches feature the first variant dial, while those sold after 1909 are typically fitted with the second variant.
This design was discontinued around 1915 as the company moved to a more conventional style.
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