Hi. My main interest is 24 hour watches, but I have recently becomes intrigued by some of the alternative Chinese displays on clocks and watches. The history of time in China is fascinating, with the day being divided into 12 'hours' at some stages, and also into 100 (and later 108 or other variations) periods.
I have found the two watches below on eBay. They are quartz watches, so outside the formal scope of this forum, but I'm hoping members might be knowledgable about the dials.
The Walensa watch looks like a conventional 12 hour watch, and I assume that the inner twelve characters are the numbers 1-12, and the outer twelve the characters corresponding to the twelve two hour periods?
The Iguzzini is a bit more complicated. It is described as a 'world time' watch, so maybe the 24 hour ring can be rotated in some way, or perhaps it lists time differences relative to China. Are the characters city names?
And what about the numbers in the middle? I assume again that it is a 12 hour watch, with the numbers 0, 3, 6, and 9 as conventional hours. But what do the lower numbers mean? The sequence seems rather odd. Any ideas?