Currently the default clock format is unconditionally set to a 24-hour clock. This is incorrect because the default locale is US English, which uses a 12-hour clock. But we really do want to default to 24-hour clocks in other locales. What to do?
Sebastian Keller proposed making the default value translatable, which is apparently a thing that's actually possible. Well, sort of possible. The functionality is currently broken, but it's intended to work, so let's make use of it here. A fix for GLib to make this actually work will be proposed separately, see glib#2575.
Translators: you will want to translate this from '12h' to '24h' if your locale uses a 24-hour clock. Yes, it's a shame that we have to do this when in theory the locale already knows how to format time, but this is a pragmatic solution.