Have expanded the previous solution of pad combined with axis sliders. Pad is linked (through Processing) with updating individual sliders and underlaid transparent read-only sliders for pad indicators.
The stack of elements is a small chore to manage, but the result is worth the effort. Can see the exact position when needed to re-engage the XY pads.
Edit: How it is done. The X and Y axis of the pad and the sliders have the same osc address names. A Processing sketch mirrors back the osc string to OSC Pilot.