C. Hurt wrote:
The A-11 specification called for black dial with luminous figures, or white dial with non-luminous figures, but I will say that I have never seen a white dialed example, including this one, that I was sure was original. I do not believe the gold hands would have been correct in any case.
As these watches were military issue, there were vast quantities of standardized spare parts (including dials and hands) produced, and these were sold off as surplus when the A-17 specification superseded the A-11. These are readily available for the restoration or re-creation of these watches, and there are plenty of newly minted A-11 watches on the market, made up from surplus and/or counterfeit parts, or various combinations of these. There are also outright fakes openly sold. You are wise to be careful.
There's one particular seller on Ebay who lists several '24hr' Elgin watches in NOS A-11 cases every week. Then every 6 months or so, he sells off a bunch of 8/0 Elgin cases and dials, from which he had clearly been stripping the movements for his "original" "military" "WWII" watches.