No doubt you have heard of the extreme time-keeping accuracy of atomic clocks and quartz watches, but is there a watch or clock anywhere in the world that is truly 100% accurate? Watch experts and science geeks everywhere weighed in and the answer is resoundingly clear. Keep reading to learn what it is and why.
Rex Freiberger, CEO of Gadget Review.
The Laws of Physics Dictate
I’d say it’s impossible for a physical watch to not lose any time whatsoever, though things like quartz watches are incredibly accurate and lose less time than traditional mechanical watches. The difference is the amount of friction being applied.
A traditional watch’s mechanical parts are moved by gears. The laws of physics dictate that friction must be applied for this to occur, and because friction exists, your moving parts are going to be moved themselves. It won’t even be a discernible amount at first. Some watches don’t start to lose noticeable time for years. But eventually, that friction will cause the watch to be off by enough that it needs to be rewound.
Quartz watches use oscillation as the source of their movement, so they create less friction and need to be adjusted less often. But every watch with physical components will have this need just because of the existence of friction.
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