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    Re: Why the fascination with Roman Numerals by Chinese makers?

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    I have a Shanghai SS8 model watch with Roman numbers. It is a rare dial among vintage Chinese watches. I am going to post the image at the 'rare VCM' thread.
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    Re: Why the fascination with Roman Numerals by Chinese makers?

    I would imagine that roman numbers is what the customers want. I like them myself. On certain homage watches arabian numbers would look odd, ie "Tank" watches.


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    Re: Why the fascination with Roman Numerals by Chinese makers?

    Sorry for digging up this old post. I found it when googling "Why do people hate Roman numerals on a watch" lol.

    Speaking as a Chinese youth myself: I LOVE Roman numerals on watches. To me they just look so much more elegant, classic, poised, and - yes, expensive - than Arabic numerals. I know, I know, tons of luxury watches use Arabic numerals, and there's absolutely no evidence suggesting that watches featuring Arabic numerals are cheaper, but this is just my subjective feeling. I know it's irrational but I can't help it.

    Also, I don't get this off-putting "old man" vibe from Roman numerals like many Western guys here do, because I didn't grow up seeing my grandfather sporting a Swiss watch with Roman numerals.

    Hence, when I picked up my first grail watch - an entry-level NOMOS with alpha movement - I chose the least popular model Ludwig (Roman numerals) instead of the crowd-pleaser Tangente (Arabic numerals) or Orion (no numerals).

    In general, the Chinese prefer dress watches over sporty watches because they look more expensive and formal. Although this trend is changing in recent years and sporty watches are slowly gaining popularity, the current market is still dominated by dress watches, and Roman numerals just suit dress watches well.
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    Re: Why the fascination with Roman Numerals by Chinese makers?

    It's probably because the Rolex date just and day date both use roman numerals.

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    Re: Why the fascination with Roman Numerals by Chinese makers?

    Because it makes the watch look more classy and feel more expensive.
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    Re: Why the fascination with Roman Numerals by Chinese makers?

    Quite a few Chinese watches are imitating the Tissot Le Locle, which happens to have Roman numerals. Roman numerals also have an Old World, Eurpean vibe, as most city clock towers in Europe use that style.

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Size:  18.8 KBLooks great to me! Yes, I know this is Swiss. No need to chastise me. Simply making a point about Roman numerals. If you like, I'll provide you a Chinese watch to prove my point----probably a Lobinni since I've become a bit of a fan boy of this (notch above) mushroom brand.
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