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An am occasionally asked about colored dials on antique pocketwatches. The dials in question are really white. Older types of plastic used for watch crystals tints yellow or green with age. This isn't an intentional design. Plastic crystal were available earlier than we might think, and the old ones change in this way. Interestingly, plastic crystals were actually more desirable for some watch customers at the time, than glass. "Unbreakable" watch crystals were considered modern and technological advance.
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