by Maegan Crandall
Quartz watches are popular and widely available. If you have been watch shopping lately, then you might be wondering if a quartz watch is right for you. The quartz watch has been number one in the timekeeping world for more than 30 years for a number of reasons. Let us answer your questions about quartz watches and help you decide if they are a good choice for you.
How does a quartz watch work?
Quartz crystals have long been used to create accurate frequencies for many technological devices. In traditional mechanical watches, a balance wheel and a hairspring are used as the timing element. Quartz crystals replace these devices as the timing element in quartz watches. Quartz crystals are carved into tiny bars or miniature tuning forks, which vibrate at a very high frequency when the power from the battery is transmitted through an oscillator circuit. This high frequency is then used to power the gear train and dial train in traditional watches and can also be used to power computer chips in digital watches. Thus, these durable timepieces make perfect men's watches and women's watches.
Are quartz watches precise?
Mechanical watches typically lose a minute of time every week. Quartz watches were invented to solve this very inconvenient problem. Because of the high frequency they produce, quartz watches only lose about one minute per year. In addition to having a very high frequency, quartz crystals are also less affected by most environmental factors such as dust particles and high temperatures, while the parts and gears used in traditional mechanical watches are easily affected by a variety of conditions and elements.
How should I maintain my quartz watch?
Although quartz watches require much less maintenance than traditional men's watches and women's watches, you should still have your quartz watch cleaned and examined whenever you get the battery changed. During a watch check-up, a jeweler or watchmaker will check the condition of the lubricant and watch parts, and clean out any dust or moisture that has gotten into the watch. To protect your investment, you should also avoid leaving your quartz watch in direct sunlight for long periods of time and carefully follow any guidelines suggested by the manufacturer.
Dust and moisture can get into water-resistant quartz watches as well, so these watches should also be checked and cleaned with battery changes.