# What kind of numbers are on a clock?

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## What are the numbers on the clock called?

An analog clock has an hour (short) hand and a minute (long) hand. Large divisions (with the numbers) on the clock face indicate hours, while smaller divisions indicate minutes. When the hour hand points at a number, that number represents the number of hours. For instance, an hour hand pointing at 5 indicates 5 hours.

## Why do clocks have wrong Roman numeral 4?

horology: The reason isn’t all that far fetched. Using four I’s instead of IV for the “four” is due to the casting process of the numerals. Since some numerals were cast out of metal, or carved out of wood or bone, you need 20 I’s, 4 V’s, and 4 X’s, even numbers of each, if you use four I’s for “four”.

## What are the arms on a clock called?

A clock has numbers and hands. The long hand is called the minute hand. The short hand is called the hour hand. The long hand is pointing to the 12.

## What is the glass on a clock called?

Crystal. Made of glass, plastic or synthetic Sapphire, the crystal is a transparent cover that protects the watch dial and reduces glare.

## Why do watches have IIII instead of IV?

When Roman numerals were in use by the Roman Empire, the name of the Romans’ supreme deity, Jupiter, was spelled as IVPPITER in Latin. There was a feeling that using the start of Jupiter’s name on a clock dial, and it being upside down where it fell, would be disrespectful to the deity, so IIII was introduced instead.

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## Why does Cartier use IIII instead of IV?

Horologists such as Cartier will use “IIII” instead of “IV” because it is more symetrical. When looking at a watch, “IIII” is opposite to the number 8, symbolized as “VIII”. While “IV”, on the other hand, does not provide the same visual balancing.