It might surprise you to learn just how many different types of devices and applications are still making use of thumbwheel technology today. You will see that quite a few computers are still using it, albeit fewer than in the past. They are popular still for instrumentation, process controls, testing, and even machine controls.
Because of the wide range of uses and industries that are still using the thumbwheel switches today, you will find that there is going to be a number of different options available. As you will see, many varieties of switches still fall under the purview of the thumbwheel switch, and some may be better for your applications than others will.