Orpat’s Roots: Morbi
According to records and statistics, three out of ten wall clocks manufactured in India are from Morbi.
The city is a home to one of the largest clock manufacturers ORPAT Group. Morbi is developing as a high-end industrial hub of Gujarat and manufacturing products that match international quality standards. The city is 247 Km away from Ahmedabad. National Highway no 8/A is flanked by the industrial estate of Morbi. A large number of small-scale manufacturing units are located in this Industrial Estate.
History of Clocks
Usage of Sun
The very first method that people used to know the time was by looking at the sun as it moves across the skyline. When the sun was directly overhead in the sky, people considered it as the middle of the day. When the sun was near to the horizon, it was either early morning known as sunrise or evening known as sunset. Presuming time was not very accurate during these days.
About Antique Clocks
These clocks were manufactured mostly by brass and some iron components added in it. They were wall clocks, weight driven and striking hours on a large overhead bell and usually about 16″ high. Commercial manufacturing started in early 1600’s.
Inventions and Innovations gave several better models of clocks over the period of time with better accuracy, ease of handling and designs.However, the antique clock designs are very rare and unique which are seldom seen.
What is Quartz?
A quartz clock is a clock that uses an electronic oscillator that is regulated by a quartz crystal to keep time. This crystal oscillator creates a signal with very precise frequency, so that quartz clocks are at least an order of magnitude more accurate than good mechanical clocks. Generally, some form of digital logic counts the cycles of this signal and provides a numeric time display, usually in units of hours, minutes, and seconds. Since the 1970s, they have become the most widely used timekeeping technology.
10:10 in each Clock
Symmetrical Look: When the watch is at 10:10 we get a vertical symmetry in the face of the clock.
Smiley Look: When we look at a watch at 10:10, we see as if the watch is smiling. It is better to have a smiling face, rather than having a crying face when the time is at 8:20.