Quartz Watch Review
A watch is an essential accessory for most people. Although its basic function is to tell time, it is also used as a luxury item. Over the years, there have been many developments in the mechanics of telling time.
The invention of the pendulum provided a more accurate method of time keeping, but even this technology could not be well adapted for portable watches. In addition, these watches had to be winded after regular intervals, or else they would stop working.
This is where a Quartz watch comes in, as it provides a solution to all these problems. The introduction of the quartz watch in 1969 was a revolution in the watch industry. Quartz timepieces use quartz crystals in order to tell time very accurately. Quartz is a crystalline mineral, silicon dioxide, which is found commonly in sand. Most watch manufacturers; however, use synthetic quartz as it has more consistent properties.
When an electric charge is applied to quartz, it vibrates at a precise frequency, which enables it to keep an accurate track of time. Quartz is an ideal material to use in this case as it loses very little energy as it vibrates, which makes for steady vibrations. Moreover, it is a piezoelectric mineral, which means it responds to an electric charge, and in turn generates electricity.
There is no better time for a Quartz Watch
The electricity in a quartz watch usually comes from a battery. However, in some watches, a kinetic generator is used, which is powered by the movements of your wrist. Solar panels are also sometimes used, which use solar energy to power the watch. Some examples are Citizen Eco Drive watches and Seiko Pulsar Solar.
The clock works by passing electricity through a quartz crystal, causing it to oscillate at a fixed frequency. The crystal is formed to have a natural oscillation at around 32,000Hz.
Thee vibrations generate a small electric current, which is ‘divided down’ by the internal circuit to the required frequency. In an analogue watch, these pulses are used to move the mechanical gears inside the watch. In a digital Quartz Watch, the integrated circuit continues counting pulses, as they add up to minutes, hours, and even days.
There are many advantages of a quartz watch as compared to a mechanical one. Firstly, it is more accurate at telling time than others, owing to its steady oscillator. Because of this quality, they are even used to time extremely short periods. Some have sub dials or digital displays that record 10th of a second.
In addition, quartz watches do not need to be wound up after regular intervals. A Quartz watch is also sleeker, and slimmer than mechanical ones as quartz watch movements are a lot thinner than their mechanical counterparts are. They require little maintenance, and all you have to do is change the battery if it dies down.
The mechanism in quartz watches allows them to perform many other functions such as make calculations, and store phone numbers. The recent innovations in watches have all been possible due to the use of quartz.