Should I buy this octal watch?

(mislabeled as hexadecimal, but we all know better)

#watches #octal #maths

@trinsec I don't think it's base 12. On the watch in the photo the number after 07 is 10. With the 1 representing the 8s.

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@trinsec Base-12 would need to use additional characters like A and B to represent the additional digits.

So it would probably go like this on a watch:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, 10

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@jeffalyanak Yeah, but it looks quite messed up. It'd make more sense to redo the layout so you'd only see 1 to 7 and then a 10 instead of tagging along 4 extra numbers like this. Now you've got a 1.5 octal system this way. 😅

@trinsec There's nothing wrong about the leading zeros, at least maths wise, but it certainly looks "strange" since most decimal watches don't use "001, 002, etc".

I really like it for an octal watch, though, because my most common use of octal is in *nix permission strings which are in sets of 3.

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