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Omega Constellation Quartz 123.10.27.60.57.001 New Steel 27mm Quartz
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Omega 123.10.27.60.57.001 Constellation Quartz
S$ 3,634
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19
HK
Chopard Happy Diamonds Very good Yellow gold 22mm Quartz
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Chopard 1980s Happy Diamond Emerald 20Cts approx Bracelet Watch
S$ 34,343
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27
US
Cartier Ballon Bleu 28mm we902079 New Gold/Steel 28mm Quartz
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Cartier WE902079 BALLON BLEU
S$ 14,712
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19
HK
Cartier Tank Française W4TA0009 New Silver 30.40mm Quartz
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Cartier W4TA0009 TANK FRANCAISE
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19
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Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST100G,  Limited Edition, very nice Case number 0050/5000 Unworn Titanium Quartz Singapore, SINGAPORE
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Seiko Astron GPS Solar
S$ 10,303
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Breitling Aerospace EVO E7936310/BC27/152E Very good Titanium 43mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
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S$ 3,490
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Bulgari Serpenti SPS27C3SDL/4T 102967 New Steel 27mm Quartz
Bulgari Serpenti 102967 Quartz 27mm
S$ 7,825
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258
IT
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 56175SP.OO.0789SP.01 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quarz Steel/Platinum 56175SP Extract...
S$ 13,579
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1201
DE
Breitling Aerospace E65362 Very good Titanium 40mm Quartz
Breitling Aerospace E65362 Grey Dial - B&P 2001
S$ 2,609
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UK
Baume & Mercier Classima MV045088 Very good 32mm Quartz
Baume & Mercier Classima 18k (0,750) Gold Herrenuhr Ref....
S$ 1,617
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2165
DE
Raymond Weil Toccata 5588-ST-60001 New Steel 42mm Quartz
Raymond Weil Toccata Quarz 42mm
S$ 1,129
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5913
DE
Cartier Tank Américaine 1710 Good Yellow gold 34.8mm
Cartier Tank Americaine 18ct
S$ 15,420
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416
UK
Cartier Tank Louis Cartier 2441 Good Yellow gold 33mm Quartz
Cartier Tank Louis Cartier
S$ 8,164
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100
DE
Breitling Colt Chronograph A7338811/BD43 New Steel 44mm Quartz
Breitling Colt Chronograph A7338811/BD43
S$ 3,502
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45
BE
Cartier 590002 Very good Silver 24mm Quartz
Cartier Colisee Must de Cartier Vermeil
S$ 1,511
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1250
BE
F.P.Journe EL TIT 48 Very good Titanium 48mm Quartz
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F.P.Journe Elegante EL TIT 48
S$ 19,163
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718
US
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Quartz
Rolex Datejust OysterQuartz Champagne Stick Dial 36mm Circa 1985
S$ 6,147
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363
US
TAG Heuer Carrera Lady WBG1313.FT6117 New 36mm Quartz
TAG Heuer Carrera Ladies Quartz Black Dial Ladies Watch -...
S$ 2,134
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569
JP
Breitling Galactic A7234853/BE50 New Steel 29mm Quartz
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Breitling Galactic 29 sleekt, new - official retail price...
S$ 6,751
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36
CH
Breitling Galactic 32 A71330531A1A1 New Steel 32mm Quartz
Breitling Galactic 32 Sleek
S$ 8,721
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5913
DE
Cartier Santos (submodel) 187903 Good Steel 25mm Quartz
Cartier Santos Octagon
S$ 3,756
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416
UK
Chaumet 101 Very good Yellow gold Quartz
Chaumet Montre Chaumet Style en or jaune Vers 1990
S$ 3,113
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56
FR
Omega Seamaster 2265.80.00 Very good Steel 41mm Quartz
Omega Seamaster 300M 2265.80.00 Watch with Stainless Steel...
S$ 3,297
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521
US
Cartier 21 Must de Cartier 1330 Very good Gold/Steel 31mm Quartz
Cartier 21 Must de Cartier Must 21
S$ 1,968
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1250
BE
Hublot Classic Fusion Blue 581.OX.7180.LR Very good Rose gold 33mm Quartz
Hublot Classic Fusion Rose Gold Blue
S$ 10,300
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1084
UK
Audemars Piguet Very good Yellow gold 31mm Quartz
Audemars Piguet Classic Dress Watch 18k Yellow Gold 31mm White...
S$ 4,980
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363
US
Hamilton H11211553 New Steel 18.7mm Quartz
Hamilton American Classic Quartz Silver Dial Stainless steel...
S$ 501
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569
JP
Bulgari Serpenti 103125 New Quartz
Bulgari Serpenti
S$ 62,241
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2763
DE
Bruno Söhnle Lagograph 17-13112-245 New Steel 43mm Quartz
Bruno Söhnle Lagograph
S$ 771
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5913
DE
Seiko Premier Kinetic Perpetual Unworn Steel 40mm Quartz Singapore, SINGAPORE
Seiko Premier Kinetic Perpetual Calendar SNP005P1 Black
S$ 962
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SG
Chanel Première Very good Steel 200mm Quartz
Chanel Montre Chanel Première taille L en acier Vers 1998
S$ 2,976
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56
FR
Tiffany Atlas Z1301.11.11A10A00A Very good 36mm Quartz
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Tiffany Atlas 36, as good as new, official retail price: 4320 CHF
S$ 1,698
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36
CH
Omega Constellation Very good Gold/Steel 24mm Quartz
Omega Constellation
S$ 2,136
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1250
BE
Cartier Tank (submodel) 2386 Very good Steel 22mm
Cartier TANK BASCULANTE 2386 STAINLESS STEEL WOMEN'S WATCH
S$ 3,606
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61
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Lady 261.51.10 Very good Gold/Steel 20mm Quartz
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Collection Lady Reverso 20mm Steel &...
S$ 7,136
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363
US
Seiko Sportura Very good Steel 42mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Seiko Sportura Special Black Steel ($15 shipping)
S$ 275
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165
SG
Hamilton H13321811 New Quartz
Hamilton Boulton Silver-White Dial Red Leather Ladies Watch
S$ 960
Free shipping
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1717
US
Junghans Milano 030/4943.00 New Steel 41mm
Junghans Kollektion Milano
S$ 572
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5913
DE
Seiko Arctura Unworn Steel Quartz Singapore, SINGAPORE
Seiko Arctura SNL001P1 Kinetic Chronograph White Dial
S$ 797
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SG
Bulgari Bulgari BB 23 SGLD Good Gold/Steel 23mm Quartz
Bulgari Montre en or et acier Ref : BB 23 SGLD Vers 1990
S$ 1,572
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56
FR
Chaumet Khesis W19630-35A New Quartz
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Chaumet Khesis, new, official retail price: 7150 CHF
S$ 3,262
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36
CH
Glashütte Original Pavonina 1-03-02-05-12-31 New Steel 31mm Quartz
Glashütte Original Pavonina
S$ 8,499
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179
DE
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17013 Fair Gold/Steel 36mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Rolex OysterQuartz Datejust in Steel/18k Yellow Gold Ref: 17013
S$ 3,980
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23
SG
Cartier Tank Française W50005R2 Very good Yellow gold 28mm Quartz
Cartier Tank Collection Tank Francaise Chronograph 18k Yellow...
S$ 22,323
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363
US
Breitling Colt Oceane A57350 Very good Steel 34mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Breitling Colt Oceane
S$ 1,350
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165
SG
Omega Constellation 1475.51.00 Very good Steel 25.5mm Quartz
Omega Constellation 1475.51.00
S$ 2,747
Free shipping
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100
US
Tissot V8 T106.417.11.051.00 New Steel 42.5mm Quartz
Tissot T-Sport V8
S$ 572
Verified Dealer
5913
DE
Longines La Grande Classique L4.709.4.11.2 Very good Steel 33mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Longines La Grande Classique
S$ 590
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SG
Cartier Santos Galbée 00604 Very good Steel 24mm Quartz
Cartier Montre Cartier Santos Galbée en acier Vers 1990
S$ 2,365
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56
FR
Chaumet Khesis W19615-34A New Steel 1.3mm Quartz
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Chaumet Khesis, new, official retail price: 5.370 CHF
S$ 2,551
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36
CH
VR42 New 41mm Quartz
Anyesbe アニエスベー VR42−KHD0/BZ5004P1 ソーラ
S$ 512
Free shipping
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18
JP
Omega Constellation Ladies 1460.75 Good Steel 23mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Omega Ladies Constellation Ref: 1460.75.00
S$ 3,139
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23
SG
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 220.10.28.60.51.001 New Steel 28mm Quartz
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Quartz 28 mm Quartz Black Dial...
S$ 2,980
Free shipping
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1717
US
Tudor Prince Oysterdate 78370 Good Steel 35mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Tudor Prince Quartz Oysterdate
S$ 1,350
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165
SG
Festina F20440/2 New Steel 44mm Quartz
Festina F20440/2 Sport Chronograph 44mm 10ATM
S$ 273
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6577
DE
Maurice Lacroix AIKON AI1004-SD502-170-1 New Steel 30mm Quartz
Maurice Lacroix Aikon Lady Quarz
S$ 2,319
Verified Dealer
5913
DE
Seiko Sportura Unworn Steel Quartz Singapore, SINGAPORE
Seiko Sportura SNL029P1 Kinetic Chronograph
S$ 1,099
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SG
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
Omega Montre Omega Seamaster 300 M en acier Vers 2000
S$ 2,335
Verified Dealer
56
FR
Chaumet Khesis W19613-34C New Steel 1.3mm Quartz
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Chaumet Khesis, new, official retail price: 5.370 CHF
S$ 2,551
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36
CH
Seiko Prospex SSC741P1 New Steel 44mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Seiko Prospex SSC741P1
S$ 460
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43
SG
Chopard La Strada 41/8415 Good Steel Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Chopard La Strada
S$ 4,515
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23
SG
Breitling Colt 44 A74387 Very good Steel 44mm Quartz
Breitling Colt
S$ 2,365
Verified Dealer
173
DE
Breitling Colt Quartz A57035 Good Steel 38mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Breitling Colt White Dial Quartz
S$ 970
Verified Dealer
165
SG
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2561.80.00 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M - 2561800
S$ 1,762
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Quartz Watches: Precise and Affordable

The two most important aspects of a quartz watch are its precision and affordability. Luxury watch manufacturers like Omega, Breitling, and Cartier also offer quartz watches. Some extra functions are only possible with a quartz movement.


In this article about quartz watches you will find:

  • The advantages of quartz technology
  • Buying advice
  • Quartz watch technology
  • Historical development

Lots of Watch for Your Money

Quartz-powered watches are available at almost every price, ranging from 30 euros to well over 100,000 euros. In terms of numbers, quartz watches clearly dominate the worldwide watch market. Most often they are battery-powered watches from Asia, but Swiss manufacturers also offer a wide range of quartz watches. In total, 80% of all Swiss watches produced are quartz. Rolex used to occasionally produce quartz models as well. However, the Genevan manufacturer has since returned to exclusively producing mechanical watches. Competitors like Breitling and Omega, on the other hand, continue to offer quartz watches.

The advantages of a quartz movement are obvious: It's precise, deviating by only a few seconds per month; it's robust; cheap to produce; and easy to maintain. Luxury watches differ in many respects to mass-produced watches, however, as the luxury watches are still sold at much higher prices. Nevertheless, quartz watches are still found in the portfolios of some famous mechanical manufacturers. For example, some Breitling models from the Professional series have quartz movements, such as the Aerospace, Chronospace, and Exospace. These more expensive watches aren't defined by their prices, but rather the technical possibilities of these types of movements.

The Exospace B55 demonstrates the potential of modern quartz movements. Its electronic in-house caliber can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to download data to your phone and receive notifications. The watch also has a stopwatch with a flyback function, a perpetual calendar, a timer, an alarm, and a second time zone display. The Exospace B55 features both an analog display with three hands and a luminous digital display.

Some of these functions (Bluetooth, electronic digital display) are not possible with a purely mechanical watch. A perpetual calendar, flyback chronograph, second time zone display, and alarm are all available as complications on mechanical watches, but quartz watches with these features are relatively affordable alternatives. Mechanical watches with these complications, however, usually have astronomical prices.


Which quartz watch should I buy?

Are you thinking about purchasing a quartz watch? Precision, functionality, and attractive prices are the selling points for this type of watch. Even watch connoisseurs and lovers of high-quality mechanical watches advise wearing a quartz watch in certain circumstances. For example, if you play a sport such as tennis or golf while wearing a watch, a quartz watch is a good idea. It's not affected by the shocks that come when you hit the ball. A mechanical watch with 200 individual pieces, on the other hand, can hardly help but be affected. There is a much higher risk of damage during such activities. Even enthusiastic clapping at a concert can put stress on a mechanical watch.

Quartz watches have either very few or no moving pieces. To a large extent, they are immune to jostling and rough handling, which can harm a mechanical watch. Quartz watches also survive accidental drops significantly better. In short: Quartz watches are the ideal sport watches.


Affordable Entry Watches

You can purchase a good quartz watch for three figures. A quartz watch is much easier to finance than a mechanical watch. A sporty chronograph from the Tissot T-Race series costs around 400 euros new. The elegant Hamilton Jazzmaster is also in this price range. The American brand Fossil usually keeps their watches under 200 euros, as does Festina.

Traser and Luminox watches tend to have a military feel to their designs. Black dials and cases are typical of these brands. They offer countless tough watches in the 400 euro price range.

The selection is gigantic at these prices. In addition to Tissot, other famous manufacturers like Certina, Maurice Lacroix, Movado, and Raymond Weil have many watches available in this price range.

You can purchase a new TAG Heuer Formula 1 for around 1,000 euros. Swiss premium-name brands such as Audemars Piguet, Breitling, Hublot, and Omega also offer quartz watches, although some can only be purchased pre-owned. If they're pre-owned and in good condition, then the price rises to around 1,500 - 2,000 euros. The diving watch Omega Seamaster 300 M also falls in this price range. It became famous after being used by Pierce Brosnan in the James Bond films from the 1990s. For around 3,000 euros, you can purchase a quartz Rolex from the late 70s.


Quartz Watches from Jewelry Companies

Companies offering both luxurious jewelry and watches make up a considerable percent of quartz watches sold in the upper price segment. Cartier, Chopard, and Bulgari are good examples of such companies. Most watches with hefty 10,000+ euros price tags have solid gold or diamond-set cases. It's not rare to spend over 100,000 euros for one of these luxury watches.

Even the luxury manufacturers Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet have quartz watches to contribute to the line-up. Audemars Piguet has white gold, diamond-studded versions of their cult watches, the Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore. Usually, the (mechanical) movement is the most important factor for watch enthusiasts and is responsible for a significant portion of the price. However, when it comes to extremely expensive quartz watches, the movement doesn't affect the price calculation as much. Additionally, fans aren't as fascinated by quartz movements as they are by complex mechanical calibers. There's little written about quartz movements and not much discussion.

Quartz watches from Japan could have an entire article written about them alone. If you want good value for your money, then quartz watches from brands such as Seiko, Citizen, and Casio are good choices. They offer good quality with numerous functions, but are much less expensive than Swiss watches. One of Seiko's top models from the Seiko Astron series is solar powered, has a receiver for GPS time signal, and costs 1,400 euros new. A quartz watch from the Seiko subsidiary Lorus costs less than 100 euros. You can purchase a radio-controlled wristwatch waterproof to 200 m with Eco-Drive solar-powered technology for 400 euros.

Thanks to radio or GPS time signal, these watches almost always display the correct time. If solar powered, a watch doesn't require a new battery every 2-3 years like other watches. If you want to wear a watch for years without it ever losing accuracy and without ever having to change the time or worry about its energy source, then a solar watch would be perfect for you.


A Selection of Quartz Watches and Their Prices

Model Price (new)
Valetta Women's Watch 10 euros
Festina Men's Chronograph 100 euros
Casio G-Shock 100 euros
Seiko Prospex Divers Solar Chronograph 300 euros
Tissot T-Sport PRC 200 350 euros
Raymond Weil Toccata 650 euros
TAG Heuer Formula 1 1,000 euros
Seiko Astron GPS Solar (titanium case) 2,000 euros
Breitling Aerospace 3,300 euros
Omega Constellation (red or yellow gold) 10,000 euros
Cartier Santos Demoiselle (pink gold) 14,000 euros
Bulgari Serpenti (pink gold) 22,000 euros
Patek Philippe Twenty-4 (white gold, diamonds) 75,000 euros
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore (white gold, diamonds) 475,000 euros

How does a quartz watch work?

Electricity is one of the most important aspects of a quartz watch. Electricity is necessary to put the quartz crystal in motion. The quartz vibrates at a constant and reliable pace: 32,768 Hz, which explains its precision. In comparison, a mechanical movement ticks away at about 3 or 4 Hz. Normal quartz watches deviate from the correct time about 10-20 seconds per month. The precision depends on keeping the watch's temperature as constant as possible. Therefore, high-quality quartz movements are thermocompensated, meaning they measure the temperature and correct the minimal deviations in the quartz's frequency on the basis of their calculations.

The quartz crystal in the watch oscillates 32,768 times a second. These movements are detected by a microchip circuit, which divides the original 32,768 Hz into one regular electric pulse per second (1 Hz). An electromagnet switches between the plus and minus poles every second. The electromagnet attracts a permanent magnet but repels it in the next moment when it changes poles, creating incremental movements. A gear absorbs these movements and sets the hands of an analog quartz watch in motion. The electric stepping motor and the quartz crystal are usually powered by a lithium button cell battery. If it's a solar cell, then the energy needs to be stored until it's used. This type of battery lasts significantly longer than a normal one. Citizen's Eco-Drive retains 80% of its full capacity after 20 years.


The History of Quartz Watches

Quartz watches have been around since the 1920s. In the beginning, they were much larger and stored in cabinets at scientific institutions. In the 1950s, Patek Philippe began sending out the first wearable quartz watches from their factory in Geneva. These watches resembled modern quartz watches. The Swiss were well ahead of their time with this technology. However, Japan is the country most associated with this type of watch. The Seiko Astron 35SQ, the first market-ready quartz wristwatch, greatly contributed to this reputation. It was first presented on December 25th, 1969.

Over the next ten years, the new quartz watches made conventional mechanical watches almost irrelevant. The combination of precision and a low price was appealing to many customers. Some traditional European manufacturers disappeared completely during the so-called Quartz Crisis; the Swiss watch industry lost two-thirds of its employees. Towards the end of the 1980s, the situation began to relax. Mechanical watches experienced a comeback. Thanks to the smartwatch, the cards have been reshuffled once again. Manufacturers like Apple or Samsung are now competing with established watch brands. Quartz crystals will continue to power smartwatches efficiently and precisely.