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You're right, Larry - the dial isn't really 14s. But it is significantly larger than the pillar plate. The 542 pillar plate measures 38.1 mm, and the dial is 39.3 mm. Like a lot of wrist watches, the dial is significantly larger, which allows a smallish watch to have a narrow bezel with a larger dial, like this:The Elgin master materials catalog says the dial is 10-size as well, as are the hands. Watch size is determined by the diameter of the plate under the dial. It seems to me that by the late '30s, trends would call for 10-size dials, not anything as large as 14-size.
I WISH I could collect railroad watches! Too expensive. None of my 5 542 series Elgins cost me more than $60, even the Lord Elgin! I can't find the 571 of my dreams in a 3055 case for less than 3 times that in good condition!Yes, GeneJockey, I see what you mean. When viewed from the dial side, there is very little of the case center "frame" visible because of the dial overhang. Now that I think about it, I might have seen similar overhang on a Hamilton 10-size dial also, but I'm not certain. It has been a very long time since I played with one. The men's dress watches are really my brother's department and I should stick to the railroad watches!