WHAT IS A QUARTZ WATCH AND HOW DOES IT WORK - A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

If you are not familiar with watches, it can be difficult to understand how a quartz watch works. Today we want to dive in and introduce you to the history of quartz watches.


Let's start right away.


To better understand how quartz watches (also written as kwarts in Dutch) work, we must first look at the standard ways in which watches can be powered. There are three main types of timepieces, or power types, used in today's markets:

  • Mechanical
  • Automatic
  • Quartz

What is a mechanical watch?


Mechanical watches were first introduced to the market. Mechanical watches are hand-wound timepieces that use a complex movement and that consists of hundreds of small parts that work together in harmony to make the watch's movement tick. Before we get into the core of how an automatic watch works, let's go back in time to understand hand-wound mechanical watches a little more. Years ago, people didn't have batteries to power their watches, so how did they make sure they could function? They had to wind their watches regularly by hand to keep track of time. In over a century of modifications and technological advances, the main difference in a mechanical watch besides the individual watch design itself is that mechanical watches now use a built-in crown, rather than a small key to wind the inner mainspring. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

How does an automatic watch actually work?


Although automatic watches technically have an older technology than quartz movements, they exude a different degree of craftsmanship and complexity. Instead of batteries, operation is guaranteed by the so-called wound spring. This main spring stores and distributes energy through interconnected gears and other springs that control the watch's energy supply. So it is very complex! This is also a big reason why a quality automatic watch is sold for a very high price in the current watch market. Unfortunately, the movement does remain very susceptible to impact and fall damage.


Although most automatic watches involve more mechanical complexity and cost considerably more than most quartz watches, they are less accurate in showing the time. This is due to the nature of the design. This is the main reason why quartz watches have become more popular throughout the community today. You can recharge automatic watches by wearing them and performing your daily activities such as walking, writing or exercising.

Getting to know the quartz watch


Now that we have learned about the different types of watches besides quartz, it is now time to look at what quartz has to offer. Prior to the development of quartz watches, Swiss watch manufacturers dominated the industry and created intricate automatic and manual timepieces that lead the market. These movements, as mentioned above in the previous paragraph, required elite skills and craftsmanship by highly skilled individuals. This began to become an increasing problem over the years causing people to look for possible solutions. Quartz simplified the creation of watches by replacing complex movements and machines, which not only made timepieces more affordable, but also made them more accurate. Most watches have a quartz movement. The designation 'quartz' refers to the quartz crystals that drive the movement. The invention of quartz technology revolutionised the watchmaking world and destroyed many mechanical watchmakers who could not keep up with the competition in extreme precision and affordable prices.


The first watch that functioned with a quartz movement was invented in 1927 by American engineer Warren Marrison. Ten years later, Issac Koga, a Japanese scientist and inventor, created the very first Japanese quartz watch. The Japanese have extensive experience with quartz watches and produce high-quality quartz movements.

Advantages of a quartz watch


Extreme precision: The Civoux watch's GM10 Miyota quartz movement only deviates by a maximum of 15 seconds per month. Other timepieces can deviate by up to a few minutes per month, which you may notice over time.


Less maintenance: A quartz watch contains fewer parts than mechanical or automatic timepieces, so service intervals are not a requirement. Sometimes the battery needs to be replaced, but this is only once every few years.


Smaller cases: Again, the quartz movement owes this to the small amount of parts. Thinner cases have become increasingly popular within both quartz and automatic watches.

Is a quartz watch better than an automatic mechanical watch?


This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions and the answer is not a simple ''yes'' or ''no''. Ultimately, it comes down to preference. If you like thin and classic watches whose mechanism cannot be seen, we recommend going for a quartz watch. If you prefer to see the gears and parts that make up your watch, go for an automatic watch. If you want a watch that shows the time without too many inaccuracies go for a quartz. The choice is ultimately yours! Civoux will soon add automatic watches in to the next collection.


If you want more information about the specifications of the Skycha VI model that works on a quartz movement, do not hesitate and contact us. We will be happy to help you!

WHAT IS A QUARTZ WATCH AND HOW DOES IT WORK - A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

If you are not familiar with watches, it can be difficult to understand how a quartz watch works. Today we want to dive in and introduce you to the history of quartz watches.


Let's start right away.


To better understand how quartz watches (also written as kwarts in Dutch) work, we must first look at the standard ways in which watches can be powered. There are three main types of timepieces, or power types, used in today's markets:

- Mechanical
- Automatic
– Quartz


What is a mechanical watch?


Mechanical watches were first introduced to the market. Mechanical watches are hand-wound timepieces that use a complex movement and that consists of hundreds of small parts that work together in harmony to make the watch's movement tick. Before we get into the core of how an automatic watch works, let's go back in time to understand hand-wound mechanical watches a little more. Years ago, people didn't have batteries to power their watches, so how did they make sure they could function? They had to wind their watches regularly by hand to keep track of time. In over a century of modifications and technological advances, the main difference in a mechanical watch besides the individual watch design itself is that mechanical watches now use a built-in crown, rather than a small key to wind the inner mainspring. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)


How does an automatic watch actually work?


Although automatic watches technically have an older technology than quartz movements, they exude a different degree of craftsmanship and complexity. Instead of batteries, operation is guaranteed by the so-called wound spring. This main spring stores and distributes energy through interconnected gears and other springs that control the watch's energy supply. So it is very complex! This is also a big reason why a quality automatic watch is sold for a very high price in the current watch market. Unfortunately, the movement does remain very susceptible to impact and fall damage.


Although most automatic watches involve more mechanical complexity and cost considerably more than most quartz watches, they are less accurate in showing the time. This is due to the nature of the design. This is the main reason why quartz watches have become more popular throughout the community today. You can recharge automatic watches by wearing them and performing your daily activities such as walking, writing or exercising.


Getting to know the quartz watch


Now that we have learned about the different types of watches besides quartz, it is now time to look at what quartz has to offer. Prior to the development of quartz watches, Swiss watch manufacturers dominated the industry and created intricate automatic and manual timepieces that lead the market. These movements, as mentioned above in the previous paragraph, required much needed elite skills and craftsmanship by highly skilled individuals. This began to become an increasing problem over the years causing people to look for possible solutions. Quartz simplified the creation of watches by replacing complex movements and machines, which not only made timepieces more affordable, but also made them more accurate.


Most watches have a quartz movement. The designation 'quartz' refers to the quartz crystals that drive the movement. The invention of quartz technology revolutionised the watch world and destroyed many mechanical watchmakers who could not keep up with the competition in extreme precision and affordable prices. The first watch to function with a quartz movement was invented in 1927 by American engineer Warren Marrison. Ten years later, Issac Koga, a Japanese scientist and inventor, created the very first Japanese quartz watch. The Japanese have extensive experience with quartz watches and produce high-quality quartz movements.


Advantages of a quartz watch


Extreme precision: The Civoux watch's GM10 Miyota quartz movement only deviates by a maximum of 15 seconds per month. Other timepieces can deviate by up to a few minutes per month, which you may notice over time.


Less maintenance: A quartz watch contains fewer parts than mechanical or automatic timepieces, so service intervals are not a requirement. Sometimes the battery needs to be replaced, but this is only once every few years.


Smaller cases: Again, the quartz movement owes this to the small amount of parts. Thinner cases have become increasingly popular within both quartz and automatic watches.


Is a quartz watch better than an automatic mechanical watch?


This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions and the answer is not a simple ''yes'' or ''no''. Ultimately, it comes down to preference. If you like thin and classic watches whose mechanism cannot be seen, we recommend going for a quartz watch. If you prefer to see the gears and parts that make up your watch, go for an automatic watch. If you want a watch that shows the time without too many inaccuracies go for a quartz. The choice is ultimately yours! Civoux will soon add automatic watches in to the next collection.


If you want more information about the specifications of the Skycha VI model that works on a quartz movement, do not hesitate and contact us. We will be happy to help you!