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.
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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