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Dials With No Figures

From Horology magazine, July 1938

Dials With No Figures

A writer in the "Petit Marseillais" comments sarcastically on the current tendencv toward simplification of watch dials. He says, "Heretofore, we had twelve numbers, Arabic or Roman. Then we were persuaded that there must be twenty-four Now they engrave only five or six and the others must be guessed at from the position of the hands. Why not put on only half the hands or no hands at all? That will set a style! Don't give up hope of some day seeing dials with nothing on them, where one will have to hunt for the hours."



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