Video: Elgin Pocket Watch Dials: Hand-Painted vs. Transfer Process
In this video, we discuss how to determine whether an enamel pocket watch dial is hand-painted or produced using a transfer or photographic process. The larger American watch factories developed transfer processes in the mid-1880s, eventually leading to the end of hand-painted dials for standard production. This video inspects two dials fitted on watches produced by the Elgin National Watch Company – one from c.1867 and the other from c.1890.
An excellent and very interesting video.
How about a video on how they made fancy dials.
I have one or two of these beautiful dials and would love to understand how and when they were produced.