The Evolution of Watch Dials
Enamelled watch dials were introduced in the sixteenth century, some painted and others of the champleve style.
Later dials were made of silvered or gilded brass, with matt, brushed, polished, or engine turned finish. The numerals or batons can be printed on, embossed, or made of separate metal pieces glued to the dial.
There can be as many as 40 processes used in making a dial. The finest dials are made of platinum or gold, and for novelty other materials such as stone, leather, veneered wood, or linen have been employed.