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Bell & Ross BR S BRS-HERI-CEM New Ceramic 39mm Quartz United States of America, California, Burlingame
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Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17000 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz United States of America, Michigan, Warren
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Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17000 Stainless Steel Vintage 1978...
$5,395
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer WAY101A.BA0746 New Steel 43mm Quartz United States of America, California, San Mateo
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Quartz Black Dial Men's Watch - WAY101A.BA...
$1,529
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Breitling C71356 Very good Gold/Steel Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Cockpit Lady Galactic Diamond Dial C71356
$4,677
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TAG Heuer Carrera Lady WV1414.BA0793 Very good Steel 27mm Quartz United States of America, California, Pasadena
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TAG Heuer Carrera 29mm Quartz Ladies Watch, Looks New
$742
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Raymond Weil Tango 8280-ST1-BMY18 New Steel 42mm United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Cartier Panthère 183957 Very good Steel 29mm Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Panthere 183957 Two Row Large Watch
$3,999
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F.P.Journe Elegante Unworn Titanium Quartz United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
F.P.Journe ÉLÉGANTE 40mm x 35mm Titanium with 3 straps -...
$19,950
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Longines DolceVita L5.663.4 Unworn Steel 28mm Quartz United States of America, California, Newport Beach
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Longines Dolce Vita
$795
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Bell & Ross BR S BRS-BLC-PH-LGD/SC Unworn Ceramic 39mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Bell & Ross Aviation Black Diamond Dial Ceramic Unisex 39mm...
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Cartier Tank Américaine 3012905 Very good White gold 41mm Quartz United States of America, California, Rancho Santa Fe
Cartier Tank Americaine
$5,500
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Bulgari Diagono CH 35 G Very good Yellow gold 35mm Quartz United States of America, California, Upland
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Bulgari Bvlgari Diagono 18k Solid Gold Case Chronograph Excellent
$4,099
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Cartier Tank Française 2303 Very good Steel 28mm Quartz United States of America, California, Irvine
Cartier Tank Francaise
$2,595
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Ebel 1911 8157114 Very good Yellow gold 23mm Quartz United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Ebel 1911 18K Yellow Gold Factory Diamond Bezel & Markers Box...
$4,999
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Omega De Ville Trésor 428.18.36.60.03.001 New Steel 36mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Omega De Ville Trésor 428.18.36.60.03.001 Dark Blue Roman Dial...
$3,285
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Cartier Panthère 183949 Steel 27mm Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Panthere 183949 Two Row Midsize Ladies Watch
$3,699
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F.P.Journe Elegante Very good Titanium Quartz United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
F.P.Journe ÉLÉGANTE Titalyte larger size 48mm Gray Matte...
$36,575
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Ebel Classic 1255F41/0125 New Gold/Steel Quartz United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
Ebel classic
$4,475
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Parmigiani Fleurier PFA160-1023600-B10200 New Rose gold 19mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Parmigiani Fleurier Boa 18k Rose Gold Bracelet Diamond Ladies...
$34,999
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Cartier Tank Américaine 1720 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Quartz United States of America, California, Rancho Santa Fe
Cartier Tank Américaine
$6,500
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Cartier Panthère 36847 Very good 27mm Quartz United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Cartier Panthere Medium 18K Yellow Gold / SS (36847)
$6,250
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5617BC.OO.0789BC.01 D63525-434636-0209 Unworn White gold 33mm Quartz United States of America, New Jersey, Short Hills
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$19,995
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 196.1522 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Pembroke Pines
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 blue wave dial James Bond ref-1961522
$1,760
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Omega De Ville Trésor 428.18.39.60.04.001 New Steel 39mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Omega De Ville Trésor 428.18.39.60.04.001 white Roman dial...
$3,845
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Cartier Panthère Steel 27mm Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Panthere Midsize Two Row Ladies Watch
$3,799
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Breitling Chronospace Military M7836622/BD39 Unworn Steel 46mm Quartz United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Breitling Professional Chronospace Military Blackened Steel...
$4,950
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Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 7502QZACBACE New Steel Quartz United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
Franck Muller Curvex
$3,590
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Chopard Imperiale 38/3444-23 Good White gold 26mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Chopard Imperiale 18k White Gold Ladies Quartz Leather Strap...
$2,999
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Corum Bubble Pre-owned Corum Chronograph Bubble Stainless Steel Boutique Very good Steel 45mm Quartz United States of America, California, Rancho Santa Fe, California
Corum 396.150.20 Pre-owned Corum Chronograph Bubble Stainless...
$2,000
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M WAY111C.BA0928 Very good Steel 41mm Quartz United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m WAY111C.BA0928
$1,295
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Seiko Astron 8X53-0AE0-2 Unworn Ceramic 45mm Quartz United States of America, California, Upland
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$1,199
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Breitling Airwolf A78363 Very good Steel 44mm Quartz United States of America, North Carolina, Winston Salem
Breitling Airwolf A78363 Blue Guilloche Dial 95% LNIB New...
$1,999
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67650ST.OO.1261ST.01 Unworn Steel 33mm Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67650ST.OO.1261ST.01
$19,945
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Cartier Panthère 183949 Very good Steel 27mm Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Panthere 183949 Midsize Ladies Watch
$3,999
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Patek Philippe Twenty~4 4908/11R Unworn Rose gold 22mm Quartz United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Patek Philippe Ladies Twenty~4 Rose Gold (4908/11R)
$33,000
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Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 1752QZDPACBACE New Steel Quartz United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
Franck Muller Curvex
$5,995
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Cartier Panthère 1120 Very good Gold/Steel 22mm Quartz United States of America, New York, Hartsdale
Cartier Ladies Panthere
$2,850
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Longines DolceVita Longines Dolce Vita Tank Watch, Quartz, Model 7753, Stainless Steel Unworn Steel 26mm Quartz United States of America, California, Rancho Santa Fe
Longines Dolce Vita Tank Watch, Quartz, Model 7753, Stainless...
$1,400
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2561.80 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz United States of America, Oregon, Portland
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
$1,850
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TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz WAZ1110.BA0875 Very good Steel 41mm Quartz United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
TAG Heuer Formula 1 WAZ1110.BA0875
$995
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Bulgari Bulgari BB30SGD Very good Gold/Steel 30mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Miami
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Bulgari Ladies Watch BB30SGD 18k Gold ORIGINAL BOX AND EXTRA...
$1,610
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Cartier Santos (submodel) Very good Yellow gold Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
Cartier Santos 18k Yellow gold Moon-Phase Date Ref. CR...
$17,600
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Cartier Panthère 183957 Very good Steel 29mm Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Panthere 183957 Large Men's Watch
$4,499
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm 3005 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Cartier Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel Silver Dial Quartz...
$4,500
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Piaget Limelight G0A38095 New White gold Quartz United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
Piaget limelight
$64,350
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Piaget Polo 791 C 701 Very good Yellow gold 30mm Quartz United States of America, New York, Hartsdale
Piaget Polo
$5,200
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Raymond Weil Raymond Weil Model 5720 Quartz Rectangle Case Good Gold/Steel 18mm Quartz United States of America, California, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Raymond Weil 5720
$375
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Omega Seamaster 396.1052 Good Steel 36mm Quartz United States of America, Texas, San Antonio
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Omega Seamaster
$1,100
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Cartier Santos Dumont WSSA0022 Very good Steel 31mm United States of America, California, Huntington Beach
Cartier Santos - Dumont Wssa0022 Stainless Steel
$3,526
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TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz WAZ1110.FT8023 Very good Steel 41mm Quartz United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
TAG Heuer Formula 1 WAZ1110.FT8023
$895
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Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Unworn Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe TWENTY~4 / 4910/1200A-001
$12,000
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Cartier Panthère 8057915 Very good Yellow gold 24mm Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Panthere 8057915 18k Yellow Gold & Diamonds Ladies watch
$10,999
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Cartier Tank Vermeil 5057001 Good Silver 20mm Quartz United States of America, California, Costa Mesa
Cartier Tank Vermeil
$1,695
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Franck Muller Long Island 902QZDCD1RRELWG New White gold Quartz United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
Franck Muller Long Island
$15,000
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 145.2.31 Very good Rose gold Quartz United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Rose Gold Serviced...
$5,999
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Tiffany Baume & Mercier Stainless Steel Ladies Black Tiffany Good Steel 24mm Quartz United States of America, California, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Tiffany & Co Chronograph Baume & Mercier Movement Rectangle
$1,040
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Cartier 21 Chronoscaph 2424 Good Steel 38mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Miami
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Cartier 21 Chronoscaph
$1,760
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Breitling Aerospace E65062 Good Titanium 40mm Quartz United States of America, Georgia, Villa Rica
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Breitling Aerospace
$1,499
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Gucci YA137102 New Steel Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
Gucci Sync Xxl
$235
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Cartier Panthère WGPN0007 Very good Rose gold 27mm Quartz United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
Cartier Panthere de Cartier Medium WGPN0007
$17,500
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Cartier Panthère 112000R Very good Steel 22mm Quartz United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Panthere 112000 One Row Ladies Watch
$2,799
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67601BA.ZZ.1210BA.02 New Yellow gold 33mm Quartz United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 33mm Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl...
$31,600
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Piaget Limelight G0A38161 New Rose gold 32mm Quartz United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
Piaget Limelight
$21,840
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Cartier Panthère 1070 Very good Yellow gold 22mm Quartz United States of America, New York, Hartsdale
Cartier Panthere 1070
$8,450
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Quartz Watches: Precise and Affordable

The two most important aspects of a quartz watch are its precision and affordability. Luxury watch manufacturers like Omega, Breitling, and Cartier also offer quartz watches. Some extra functions are only possible with a quartz movement.


In this article about quartz watches you will find:

  • The advantages of quartz technology
  • Buying advice
  • Quartz watch technology
  • Historical development

Lots of Watch for Your Money

Quartz-powered watches are available at almost every price, ranging from 30 euros to well over 100,000 euros. In terms of numbers, quartz watches clearly dominate the worldwide watch market. Most often they are battery-powered watches from Asia, but Swiss manufacturers also offer a wide range of quartz watches. In total, 80% of all Swiss watches produced are quartz. Rolex used to occasionally produce quartz models as well. However, the Genevan manufacturer has since returned to exclusively producing mechanical watches. Competitors like Breitling and Omega, on the other hand, continue to offer quartz watches.

The advantages of a quartz movement are obvious: It's precise, deviating by only a few seconds per month; it's robust; cheap to produce; and easy to maintain. Luxury watches differ in many respects to mass-produced watches, however, as the luxury watches are still sold at much higher prices. Nevertheless, quartz watches are still found in the portfolios of some famous mechanical manufacturers. For example, some Breitling models from the Professional series have quartz movements, such as the Aerospace, Chronospace, and Exospace. These more expensive watches aren't defined by their prices, but rather the technical possibilities of these types of movements.

The Exospace B55 demonstrates the potential of modern quartz movements. Its electronic in-house caliber can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to download data to your phone and receive notifications. The watch also has a stopwatch with a flyback function, a perpetual calendar, a timer, an alarm, and a second time zone display. The Exospace B55 features both an analog display with three hands and a luminous digital display.

Some of these functions (Bluetooth, electronic digital display) are not possible with a purely mechanical watch. A perpetual calendar, flyback chronograph, second time zone display, and alarm are all available as complications on mechanical watches, but quartz watches with these features are relatively affordable alternatives. Mechanical watches with these complications, however, usually have astronomical prices.


Which quartz watch should I buy?

Are you thinking about purchasing a quartz watch? Precision, functionality, and attractive prices are the selling points for this type of watch. Even watch connoisseurs and lovers of high-quality mechanical watches advise wearing a quartz watch in certain circumstances. For example, if you play a sport such as tennis or golf while wearing a watch, a quartz watch is a good idea. It's not affected by the shocks that come when you hit the ball. A mechanical watch with 200 individual pieces, on the other hand, can hardly help but be affected. There is a much higher risk of damage during such activities. Even enthusiastic clapping at a concert can put stress on a mechanical watch.

Quartz watches have either very few or no moving pieces. To a large extent, they are immune to jostling and rough handling, which can harm a mechanical watch. Quartz watches also survive accidental drops significantly better. In short: Quartz watches are the ideal sport watches.


Affordable Entry Watches

You can purchase a good quartz watch for three figures. A quartz watch is much easier to finance than a mechanical watch. A sporty chronograph from the Tissot T-Race series costs around 400 euros new. The elegant Hamilton Jazzmaster is also in this price range. The American brand Fossil usually keeps their watches under 200 euros, as does Festina.

Traser and Luminox watches tend to have a military feel to their designs. Black dials and cases are typical of these brands. They offer countless tough watches in the 400 euro price range.

The selection is gigantic at these prices. In addition to Tissot, other famous manufacturers like Certina, Maurice Lacroix, Movado, and Raymond Weil have many watches available in this price range.

You can purchase a new TAG Heuer Formula 1 for around 1,000 euros. Swiss premium-name brands such as Audemars Piguet, Breitling, Hublot, and Omega also offer quartz watches, although some can only be purchased pre-owned. If they're pre-owned and in good condition, then the price rises to around 1,500 - 2,000 euros. The diving watch Omega Seamaster 300 M also falls in this price range. It became famous after being used by Pierce Brosnan in the James Bond films from the 1990s. For around 3,000 euros, you can purchase a quartz Rolex from the late 70s.


Quartz Watches from Jewelry Companies

Companies offering both luxurious jewelry and watches make up a considerable percent of quartz watches sold in the upper price segment. Cartier, Chopard, and Bulgari are good examples of such companies. Most watches with hefty 10,000+ euros price tags have solid gold or diamond-set cases. It's not rare to spend over 100,000 euros for one of these luxury watches.

Even the luxury manufacturers Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet have quartz watches to contribute to the line-up. Audemars Piguet has white gold, diamond-studded versions of their cult watches, the Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore. Usually, the (mechanical) movement is the most important factor for watch enthusiasts and is responsible for a significant portion of the price. However, when it comes to extremely expensive quartz watches, the movement doesn't affect the price calculation as much. Additionally, fans aren't as fascinated by quartz movements as they are by complex mechanical calibers. There's little written about quartz movements and not much discussion.

Quartz watches from Japan could have an entire article written about them alone. If you want good value for your money, then quartz watches from brands such as Seiko, Citizen, and Casio are good choices. They offer good quality with numerous functions, but are much less expensive than Swiss watches. One of Seiko's top models from the Seiko Astron series is solar powered, has a receiver for GPS time signal, and costs 1,400 euros new. A quartz watch from the Seiko subsidiary Lorus costs less than 100 euros. You can purchase a radio-controlled wristwatch waterproof to 200 m with Eco-Drive solar-powered technology for 400 euros.

Thanks to radio or GPS time signal, these watches almost always display the correct time. If solar powered, a watch doesn't require a new battery every 2-3 years like other watches. If you want to wear a watch for years without it ever losing accuracy and without ever having to change the time or worry about its energy source, then a solar watch would be perfect for you.


A Selection of Quartz Watches and Their Prices

Model Price (new)
Valetta Women's Watch 10 euros
Festina Men's Chronograph 100 euros
Casio G-Shock 100 euros
Seiko Prospex Divers Solar Chronograph 300 euros
Tissot T-Sport PRC 200 350 euros
Raymond Weil Toccata 650 euros
TAG Heuer Formula 1 1,000 euros
Seiko Astron GPS Solar (titanium case) 2,000 euros
Breitling Aerospace 3,300 euros
Omega Constellation (red or yellow gold) 10,000 euros
Cartier Santos Demoiselle (pink gold) 14,000 euros
Bulgari Serpenti (pink gold) 22,000 euros
Patek Philippe Twenty-4 (white gold, diamonds) 75,000 euros
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore (white gold, diamonds) 475,000 euros

How does a quartz watch work?

Electricity is one of the most important aspects of a quartz watch. Electricity is necessary to put the quartz crystal in motion. The quartz vibrates at a constant and reliable pace: 32,768 Hz, which explains its precision. In comparison, a mechanical movement ticks away at about 3 or 4 Hz. Normal quartz watches deviate from the correct time about 10-20 seconds per month. The precision depends on keeping the watch's temperature as constant as possible. Therefore, high-quality quartz movements are thermocompensated, meaning they measure the temperature and correct the minimal deviations in the quartz's frequency on the basis of their calculations.

The quartz crystal in the watch oscillates 32,768 times a second. These movements are detected by a microchip circuit, which divides the original 32,768 Hz into one regular electric pulse per second (1 Hz). An electromagnet switches between the plus and minus poles every second. The electromagnet attracts a permanent magnet but repels it in the next moment when it changes poles, creating incremental movements. A gear absorbs these movements and sets the hands of an analog quartz watch in motion. The electric stepping motor and the quartz crystal are usually powered by a lithium button cell battery. If it's a solar cell, then the energy needs to be stored until it's used. This type of battery lasts significantly longer than a normal one. Citizen's Eco-Drive retains 80% of its full capacity after 20 years.


The History of Quartz Watches

Quartz watches have been around since the 1920s. In the beginning, they were much larger and stored in cabinets at scientific institutions. In the 1950s, Patek Philippe began sending out the first wearable quartz watches from their factory in Geneva. These watches resembled modern quartz watches. The Swiss were well ahead of their time with this technology. However, Japan is the country most associated with this type of watch. The Seiko Astron 35SQ, the first market-ready quartz wristwatch, greatly contributed to this reputation. It was first presented on December 25th, 1969.

Over the next ten years, the new quartz watches made conventional mechanical watches almost irrelevant. The combination of precision and a low price was appealing to many customers. Some traditional European manufacturers disappeared completely during the so-called Quartz Crisis; the Swiss watch industry lost two-thirds of its employees. Towards the end of the 1980s, the situation began to relax. Mechanical watches experienced a comeback. Thanks to the smartwatch, the cards have been reshuffled once again. Manufacturers like Apple or Samsung are now competing with established watch brands. Quartz crystals will continue to power smartwatches efficiently and precisely.


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