Do you wonder why your clocks and watches display 10:10 before you modify it to set the time correct? What is the reason for this phenomenon? Is there any myth or tradition about this setting? Whenever you visit a shop which sells timepieces or clocks, you will see 10:10 as default factory time? Why is so? Here are different viewpoints about this. Abraham Lincoln myth
When we research and go through different ideas about this setting, there are people who think that it is done so to memorize Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. the people think they died this time and the default time is set 10:10 in the memory of them. Lincoln was shot at 10:15 PM and died the next morning. The time of death of MLK was also different. So this theory does not seem to work in any way. Atom bomb
Some people are of the view that it is the time when the atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki or Hiroshima. The default time was set in the memory of people who died in the incident. This theory also goes wrong because of a different time. Aesthetics
The aesthetics concept seems something close to reality. There are many plus points for setting clock time at 10:10.
At 10:10 position the hands of the clock are not overlapping, so they may be evident in this position.
It is appealing for people. The symmetrical arrangement of hands is pleasant for people more than asymmetrical arrangements. So this setting gives the customers more appeal for the product.
Usually the manufacturer,s log is in the centre of face under 12. This setting gives a beautiful view of the logo of the manufacturer.
This setting offers a perfect view of date windows or secondary dials which are usually near 3, 6, 9.
The Timex which sets its default time at 10:9 exactly give a different theory. They say in the past the time was used to be set at 8:20, but this setting is imparting a frowning look to clocks. The default setting was modified to make it look happier. If you go through the matter further, you will find that in some clocks default time is set at 8:20. In this case, the manufacturer log is at the bottom of the face above 6. So this theory also seems to have enough to believe it. But is there anything more about the concept of 10:10? Conclusion The concept of aesthetics also has some weight. The arguments in favour of this theory seem compelling and to the point. The 10:10 position gives some visual benefits to attract customers and get more sales. In the era of commercialization strategies, this theory cannot be set aside. It is simple and obvious. Whatever the real cause of this default setting it is a fact that is perfect in all aspects. So we must go on with this default setting whether there is a myth or it is just a marketing trick. There may be no change in this setting soon.