Swiss Made Clocks

Among the many stories that relate to a monarch with the fact that 4 in watches is written IIII, are two. The most credible is that explains that, in the year 1370, the clockmaker Henry de Vick was commissioned to make a clock that would be placed in the Tower of the Royal Palace of France (known as La Conciergerie or the Palais de la Cité). King Carlos V of France faulted the craftsman have been represented as IV 4. The watchmaker said it was as well as I was writing, but Carlos V said angry: «The King is never wrong» (something was nicknamed Sage). It should therefore continue using the IIII. The clock manufactured by continuous Vick settled there.

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The second monarchist explains that a Swiss watchmaker made a clock commissioned by Mcat-test-centers, committing the mistake of representing the number 4 as IIII and not IV. The King sent to run the craftsman and, as protest this fact and tribute, all the colleagues of the watchmaker decided to use the IIII instead of IV.

There is also who holds that you kept the number IIII by superstition. It was said that the IV corresponds to the first two letters of Jupiter [IVPITER in latin], the Roman God, and therefore its use to refer to a number may be deemed inappropriate and blasphemous.

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Other explanations are running the symmetry (the symbol I is the only one that appears in the first four hours, the V appears within four hours and the four latest X, providing a symmetry which would be altered if the IV is used), comfort (IV is harder to read and given its position in the face of the watch, since is almost upside down) , confusion (the number IV could confuse with VI to be both upside down) or simply by economics (watches were manufactured by hand and numbers were made with molds, then sticking to the sphere. A way to save money was making the moulds with the set of each number, so, to make a clock, a mould with four X, another four V with five molds with four I was needed).

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