When you’re talking about watch movements, there are two main types – Quartz and mechanical. We asked watch lovers to explain how Quartz-operated clocks and wristwatches work and why they’re not susceptible to gravity and temperature like mechanical watches.
Niamh Jordan, Founder of Which Watch Next, a blog dedicated to all things to do with watches and the watch industry.
It’s Simpler with Quartz
Quartz watches and clocks have simpler mechanisms because they contain no moving parts. A battery and a quartz crystal power a quartz watch or quartz clock. The battery conducts an electrical current through the quartz crystal, causing it to vibrate. These vibrations are what cause the quartz watch/clock to keep time by moving the hands on the dial.
You can tell a watch is a quartz-powered by the way the hands move around the dial. If the hands move with a ticking motion, then the watch or clock is powered by a quartz movement.
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