Why Watches Have Quartz
Quartz is the main component of the majority of watches and clocks. Most people don’t give a second’s thought that the watch they are wearing contains it. Here we look into why it’s used, and its importance in producing the most reliable form of timekeeping.
What is Quartz?
Quartz is a mineral compound made up of silicon and oxygen atoms. It exists in two forms, but there are several different varieties. It is one of the most abundant minerals found on Earth and so because of this humankind has found many uses for it. For example, it is taken from sand and crushed as a key ingredient in sandpaper. It is also one of the main ingredients in glass and ceramic making. Rose and smoky quartz, and amethyst are variations used as gemstones.
How does a Quartz Watch Work?
These timepieces contain tiny crystals that help make them much more accurate at telling the time than self-winding alternatives. Women and mens automatic watches are convenient as they are powered by the natural kinetic movement of the wearer as opposed to using a battery. However, for pinpoint accuracy, a quartz movement is superior.
The clear crystal rocks used in quartz watches are capable of producing electricity when placed under mechanical stress. Its battery then sends electrical impulses to the crystals, which in turn vibrate at a precise frequency of 32,768 times per second. Tissot watches pride themselves on their efficiency, precision, and meticulous timekeeping. A trait they hold so highly that they are now the official time-keepers of the Tour de France.
The circuits within these watches count the vibrations and generate an electronic pulse every second. This drives the motor, turning the gears and moving the hands of the clock. The precise frequency results in close-to-the-second accuracy. Seiko watches are used for sports and events as their quartz movements offer reliable timekeeping.