Minutes and second hands were put on some clocks in (about) 1697.

Can I use "about" before 1697 in the given sentence?


If it was within that year, then use in.

If approximately that year or near to that year, then you can use around or about.

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    In the second case, around sounds most natural to me. – user3169 Sep 3 '15 at 4:42

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