I did some searching and found this information about the interesting drawing of a Chinese dial in VC archives that Alex has shown us.
In the past, the common/standard of Chinese unit of time measurement was the "时辰" (pronounced "shi chen"). The unit conversion is 1 "shi chen" = 2 hours. Instead of using numbers, each of the 12 "shi chen" that make up a day (24 hours) has a unique name.
I have added numbers to the dial, and rotated it so the pendant is at the top. This is what it looks like.
What I do not know, like KL, is how this is read. I believe one full revolution of one of the hands, would make the other hand go from one "shi chen" indicator marker to the next one.
I think the large and small hands are "reversed" in terms of what they are indicating when compared to a "standard" watch that we are all accustomed. i.e., It takes one full revolution of the small hand to make tha large hand move from one "shi chen" to the next.
- If I read it this way, the time would be1/8 of the way to 子, or 1/8.