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Glossary of watchmaking

Arabic numerals

Chiffres arabes | アラビア数字/アラビアスウジ | 阿拉伯数字

Pocket watch with Arabic and Roman numerals

1, 2, 3, etc. Arabic numerals, which were widely used on watch dials towards the eighteenth century, allow greater scope for fantasy than their Roman counterparts. The majority of fine-quality watch companies use both Arabic and Roman numerals without distinction.