Watch dials without numerals - history (?)
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    Watch dials without numerals - history (?)

    If we go back in time, we see that all clock and watch faces had either roman or arabic numerals. For example, take a random pocket watch or wall/desk clock of 1850-1900, we see that it didn't have simple butons for hour markers, but roman or arabic numerals. So, I was wondering, when did watchmakers start to make dials without numerals? Maybe when the first diver, or chronograph appeared or something like this?
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    You see replacement of some or all indices with Bauhaus designs, so it goes back at least that far. It's more of a design choice than a technical one. That design ethos followed almost immediately after wristwatches for men became a thing with early aviation and trench watches of WWI.
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    About 1927 -1930 Art Deco mixed with roman numerals, Bauhaus.
    Boom years: 50s, 60s.
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    Re: Watch dials without numerals - history (?)

    Thank you for your replies. Maybe I should do a bit more google search about this.

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    There may be some earlier examples, but the Movado, designed in 1947 (initially produced by JLC?), was a landmark. The single dot was supposed to represent the Sun at high noon.

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    Mavado is so forgotten here. But this is a nice reminder of a brand and when it did something to appreciate. Love it!

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