Another great collection Greg. Of course, lots of questions come to mind, because of the great variety of dials. Being so used to Hamiltons, where three variations can be considered a lot, looking at this grouping shows such a different approach to manufacturing and marketing product. Do you have a date range for Beau Geste manufacture? Do you know whether production of the Beaut Geste continued after the Springfield plant was closed? How was the sparkle finish produced and how widely was this process used in the 20's and 30's? Were the applied gold numerals an option that came along later? The questions go on and on. I like Fred's book, however I find that it does not deeply explore the variations that your samples provide.
There is actually another dial (possibly 2) variations out there...
White with black numerals and a YG font like the RG version shown here.
(Rick may even have others)
It is interesting to see the different "correct" dials offered for Illinois.
Many, but not all dials had a date stamp on the back and experienced
collectors can spot the "tells" on a redial pretty quick.
A redial in the Illinois world is usually frowned upon and reduces the value.
Hamilton can be different.
The Geste/ Monde were Illinois Factory produced (exact dates later)
and once the factory closed, so did production of most "True" Illinois.
Hamilton did a few models 650, 651, 652 and others, but Illinois
basically died a quick death.
There were a few brief attempts over the years to revive the Illinois name.
(Name owned by Hamilton)
I have some interesting examples I can show later.
The fascinating thing about the "Sparkle Dial" is the fact that no modern
dial company (that I have seen, or heard of) has been able to replicate
the process. They are truly fantastic to see in the light and there are many
different variations used on both mens and ladies versions (used for many years
in the 20's/30's)
Glad you enjoy the Watches, hope this helped.