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Video: Elgin Pocket Watch Dials: Hand-Painted vs. Transfer Process

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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.


1 Comments

  1. 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.

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