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    Why do some watches have minute markers around outer rim?

    Hi! Why do some watches have fixed minute markers around the outer rim? I understand why they would be on a movable bezel, but what's the purpose when they're just painted on? Please explain, there are some Seiko 5s, Citizen BM8081-03E, mostly black dials with white numbers, that I like but I do not know what to think of this, it seems redundant, unlike (for example) military time being painted around outer rim. Is there some tradition involved?

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    Re: Why do some watches have minute markers around outer rim?

    ...to mark the minutes?
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    But, why? It seems like something for a child’s “learn to tell time” watch

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    Re: Why do some watches have minute markers around outer rim?

    ... Same question but for protractors
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    Re: Why do some watches have minute markers around outer rim?

    It's not only children that need it. When people ask you the time, just show them your watch. You'd be amazed at how many adults "can't read a round clock".

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    Re: Why do some watches have minute markers around outer rim?

    Helps for precision, probably meant more back in the day when the trains were around so they won't collide. Also good for when you use it as a compass.

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    Re: Why do some watches have minute markers around outer rim?

    Quote Originally Posted by afremont View Post
    It's not only children that need it. When people ask you the time, just show them your watch. You'd be amazed at how many adults "can't read a round clock".
    Even if you can tell time just fine, it increases the speed at which you can tell time, and the accuracy of at-a-glance timekeeping.
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    Re: Why do some watches have minute markers around outer rim?

    Quote Originally Posted by afremont View Post
    It's not only children that need it. When people ask you the time, just show them your watch. You'd be amazed at how many adults "can't read a round clock".

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    Ha! Just like when my (adult) students can't read cursive. They just weren't taught; it looks like ancient Sanskrit to them
    I find the minute markers distracting, if you normally say things like "it's ten of eight" etc

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    Re: Why do some watches have minute markers around outer rim?

    Try thinking of them as “second” markers. They also come in handy when you’re setting the time and don’t want to wait for the next 5-minute reference to get there.
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    Re: Why do some watches have minute markers around outer rim?

    It may help those who are not used to reading analogue watches at a glance but really it's all about styling or design. Makes the watch look more 'tool' or more sporty.
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