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What is a Quartz Movement?

Quartz movement is a type of watch movement that is powered with a battery and quartz crystal. The battery has to be replaced eventually, but generally these watches run for about three to five years before batteries need replacement. As energy from the battery passes through the crystal, the crystal oscillates and keeps the watch hand moving. Quartz watches have individual ticks as they pass the time, whereas mechanical or automatic watches use one smooth movement as they count the seconds.

Other types of quartz-powered watches include solar-powered batteries and quartz watches that use kinetic energy and rotors to transfer energy and power watches.

Benefits to a quartz movement watch

  • Creates an economic option because it has less parts and is cheaper to manufacture
  • Requires low maintenance - simply change the battery every few years
  • Allows for a more accurate timepiece with the oscillating quartz crystal