Quite recently, quartz watches are the most common today.
In the 1960s, and more precisely, on December 25, 1969, the first quartz watch arrived on the world market. The Seiko Astron 35SQ, then available in 100 copies, revolutionized the world of watchmaking. Indeed, these watches are then produced on a large scale and at a very affordable price.
Thanks to a cell or a battery combined with the piezoelectric properties of quartz, the quartz watch works. In contact with the source of electrical energy, the quartz generates a precise and regular oscillatory frequency. As a result, quartz watches are precise (one second lag on average every six years) and do not require winding.
They can have a lot of features.
Note that some current quartz watches can operate without a battery. Their mechanism is based on a thermoelectric generator that uses the heat emitted by the wearer’s wrist to feed itself.
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Which Watch Should You Choose? Mechanical Or Quartz?
If you want to own a unique collector’s item that bears witness to watchmaking history, you can opt for a mechanical watch. Durable, it will gain value over time, provided it is well maintained. If you are more interested in the practicality and the ancillary functions of the watch, you can opt for a quartz watch. More precisely, it will not go wrong very little, but you will not be able to keep it for so long.
Luxury watches are distinguished by more resistant materials: steel, brushed steel, gold, silver. These quality materials are also heavier. So, to determine if a watch is counterfeit, you can compare its weight to that of the original model.
Also, pay attention to details like the finishes, the precision of the numbers and inscriptions on the dial, and the materials used for the bracelet. Finally, high-end watches are characterized by a dial composed of sapphire crystals. Very resistant, this complex material is almost unbreakable and does not scratch.