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    Why the fascination with Roman Numerals by Chinese makers?

    Seems to me that I see more Roman Numerals on watches of Chinese origin than I do from any other source. Why the apparent fascination with Roman Numerals?
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    Re: Why the fascination with Roman Numerals by Chinese makers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Docrwm View Post
    Seems to me that I see more Roman Numerals on watches of Chinese origin than I do from any other source. Why the apparent fascination with Roman Numerals?
    I've noticed this as well. Have no idea why though.

    Personally, I don't care for Roman Numerals on watches; they're fine on big pocket watches and clocks but just don't do anything for me on a watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Docrwm View Post
    Seems to me that I see more Roman Numerals on watches of Chinese origin than I do from any other source. Why the apparent fascination with Roman Numerals?
    I stand to be corrected but my guess is that Roman numerals evoke a sense of association with Western civilizations, art, and renaissance things that appeal to the younger Chinese population that may be the new target clienteles of the watch companies.
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    Re: Why the fascination with Roman Numerals by Chinese makers?

    Funny, i was always more fascinated with Chinese history and tradition than western one...
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    Re: Why the fascination with Roman Numerals by Chinese makers?

    I find the Swiss watchmakers to be the greatest roman numeral offenders, especially the higher end of the market. Where the Swiss lead (erm, trail in this case) the rest of the world follows (erm, shrugs and follows).

    For me romans are an anachronism like running boards on vintage cars, as are some of the weirder complications. Moonphases, roman numerals, sheesh. I always say we're only missing the slot for the winding key, a pendulum and cuckoo and we have the whole package.

    As a counterpoint, I've seen Chinese and occasionally Swiss watches where the roman numerals are very well executed indeed. So romans can integrate well with a more modern look.

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

    I'm more than ready to put the money down on a Chinese tourbillon, but all the designs I like have been mucked up with stupid Roman numerals. I would purchase any one of those Sea-Gull ST8000 pieces tomorrow if they existed with Arabic script.

    Ugh. Hate Roman numerals.

    //edit: And I hate day/night complications just as much. A waste of dial space.

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    Imagine this with more complications. 10/10 would buy.

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

    I have 3 Chinese automatics and 3 quartz plus one binary and one turntable. Only one has Roman numerals, it's a Parnis automatic and in my view, they suit it.

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

    I don't know why the revival, but I do love roman numerals. So I use this thread as an excuse to post pics
    Just have a few of them, way less than Arabic versions




    (not Chinese of course )





    And the combination of both:







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

    I used to like the look of Roman numerals. Then I realized that watch manufacturers (yet to find one that doesn't) put IIII as 4, instead of IV. Why? Google provides that there's no real explanation.


    STOP IT ALREADY!

    Maybe that's why I still like California dials?
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    Re: Why the fascination with Roman Numerals by Chinese makers?

    Quote Originally Posted by kayjf View Post
    I used to like the look of Roman numerals. Then I realized that watch manufacturers (yet to find one that doesn't) put IIII as 4, instead of IV. Why? Google provides that there's no real explanation.


    STOP IT ALREADY!

    Maybe that's why I still like California dials?
    It's to even out the look as VIII is on the other side.
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