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Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17013 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
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Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17013 18k Solid Yellow Gold & SS...
NZ$ 7,629
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Seiko Arctura SKA105P1 New Steel 40mm Quartz
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Seiko Kinetic Arctura 5M62-0D79 Men's New Old Stock SEIKO REF:...
NZ$ 882
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UK
Chopard 134235-1007 Very good White gold 45mm Quartz
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Chopard Xtravaganza Ref: 134235-1007 BLUE 18k white gold DIAL...
NZ$ 12,738
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126
UK
Citizen AD6064-53L New Steel 36mm Quartz
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Citizen Day Date Mens AD6064-53L Quartz Jubilee Bracelet
NZ$ 468
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427
UK
Cartier Tank Française W51001Q3 Very good Steel 28mm Quartz
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Cartier Tank Francaise XL "Chronoflex" W51001Q3
NZ$ 4,512
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MMDBL38 Unworn Steel 40mm Quartz New Zealand, Goodwood Heights
Moreau Luxury Mesh Magni-Date Gunmetal black
NZ$ 200
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Nixon A083502 Unworn Steel Quartz New Zealand, te awamutu
Nixon 51-30
NZ$ 300
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Omega Seamaster 396.1042 Good Steel 36mm Quartz New Zealand, Wellington
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Omega Seamaster 200m Pre Bond
NZ$ 1,775
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Hermès Cape Cod CC1.210 Good 23mm Quartz New Zealand, Helensville
Hermès Cape Cod 23 x 23mm
NZ$ 2,700
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph 148.8.31 Very good Steel 37mm Quartz
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NZ$ 5,649

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Patek Philippe Twenty~4 4910/1200A-001 New Steel 25,1mm Quartz
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Patek Philippe Twenty 4 "Blue dial" New
NZ$ 17,705
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IWC Good Steel 35.5mm Quartz
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IWC Vintage Ref. 3004 dress watch
NZ$ 1,208
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19
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Seiko Astron 8X53-0AE0-2 Unworn Ceramic 45mm Quartz
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Seiko Astron Limited Edition of 300 GPS Solar Ceramic Watch...
NZ$ 1,665
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Chopard Happy Diamonds 205904-0001 Unworn Yellow gold Quartz
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Chopard Happy Diamonds /Chopard Service/Rare Reference/Service...
NZ$ 11,465
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CH
Porsche Design 3821 Very good Titanium 40mm Quartz
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Porsche Design IWC Reiseuhr World Time Titanium Alarm Rare...
NZ$ 3,120
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Armani AR5905 New Steel Quartz
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Armani ar5905
NZ$ 202
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168
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Cartier Santos Galbée 1564 Very good Steel 29mm Quartz
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Cartier Santos Ref.1564 Swiss Quartz Movement Stainless Steel...
NZ$ 4,574
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Cartier Tank Américaine 1710/W2601556 Very good Yellow gold 27.5mm Quartz
Cartier Tank Américaine 18K (0,750) Gold Damenuhr Ref....
NZ$ 8,178

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Piaget Very good White gold 41mm Quartz
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Piaget Ref. 14101 Beta 21
NZ$ 21,921
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19
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Omega De Ville Prestige Very good Yellow gold 34.5mm Quartz
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Omega De Ville Prestige 18k Solid Gold w/ 18k original Buckle
NZ$ 3,027
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34
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Gérald Genta G.3445 Very good Platinum 32mm Quartz
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Gérald Genta Platinum Chronograph, Mesmerizing Opal Dial,...
NZ$ 25,441
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Omega Constellation 1267.75.00 Good Gold/Steel Quartz New Zealand, Auckland
Omega Constellation
NZ$ 3,329
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Patek Philippe Twenty~4 4910/48G New White gold 25mm Quartz
Patek Philippe Twenty-4 White Gold with Special Diamond...
NZ$ 139,640
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Maurice Lacroix 05877 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Quartz
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Maurice Lacroix Limited Edition - 14K Yellow Gold Moonphase...
NZ$ 1,855
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901
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Armani ar2453 New Steel Quartz
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Armani AR2453
NZ$ 216
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UK
Omega De Ville 196.2432 Very good Yellow gold 32.5mm Quartz
Omega De Ville 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Datum Unisex Gold Ref....
NZ$ 2,749

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Citizen AG6251-06W New Steel 41mm Quartz
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Citizen CAMPANOLA Complication Limited Edition
NZ$ 4,979
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3900 Steel 32mm Quartz
Patek Philippe 3900 Nautilus Early Medium Model - Patek...
NZ$ 44,983
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224
UK
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3770 Very good Gold/Steel 35mm Quartz
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Ellipse aka Nautillipse
NZ$ 25,441
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CH
Hublot Big Bang 400.NX.1100.RX Very good Titanium 49mm Quartz
Hublot Referee 2018 Fifa World Cup Big Bang
NZ$ 8,810
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Jacob & Co. BM556.30.RD.RD.A New White gold 44mm Quartz
Jacob & Co. Brilliant Mystery Pave White Gold Diamond (New...
NZ$ 75,191
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11
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Hermès Heure H hh1.285 Very good Yellow gold 23mm Quartz
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Hermès Ladies H Hour 18k Solid Yellow Gold 23 x 30 mm - hh1.285
NZ$ 3,120
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901
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Armani AR2448 New Steel 43mm Quartz
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Armani ar2448
NZ$ 202
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168
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 025 35mm Quartz
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
NZ$ 14,333
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IWC Portofino Chronograph 3730 Very good Steel 29mm Quartz
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Lady Chronograph Edelstahl Damenuhr...
NZ$ 2,782

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Citizen AO4010-51E New Steel 44mm Quartz
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Citizen CAMPANOLA COSMOSIGN
NZ$ 4,062
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 4960J Good Yellow gold 32mm Quartz
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Lady - Yellow Gold
NZ$ 29,509
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3875 Very good White gold 31mm Quartz
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Patek Philippe White Gold Jumbo Ellipse, Diamonds, Sunburst Dial
NZ$ 31,801
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CH
IDNRWAOO New Steel 44mm Quartz
Montegrappa NEROUNO
NZ$ 2,740
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Chopard Happy Sport 275350-5007 New Rose gold 33.5mm Quartz
Chopard Happy Sport Oval (New Full Set)
NZ$ 39,386
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Cartier 2480 Very good Yellow gold 32mm Quartz
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Cartier Basculante A lady's fine and rare yellow gold and...
NZ$ 11,719
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901
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Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 318.92.45.79.03.001 Very good Titanium 45mm Quartz
Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33
NZ$ 7,634
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Ref. 3747 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Quartz
Patek Philippe Ellipse 3747
NZ$ 11,635
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Breitling Colt Chronograph A53035 Very good Steel 38mm Quartz
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NZ$ 2,614

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Citizen CC4004-66E New Titanium 44mm Quartz
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Citizen ATTESA GPS Eco Drive F950 MOON GOLD Limited 1000
NZ$ 3,145
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Corum Bubble 163.150.20 New Steel 45mm Quartz
Corum Bubble
NZ$ 1,652
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Very good Yellow gold 30mm Quartz
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Patek Philippe Octagonal Diamond Set Gondolo, Integrated Bracelet
NZ$ 15,901
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Franck Muller Master Square 6002 M QZ REL L New Red gold 32,7mm Quartz
Franck Muller MASTER SQUARE GOLD
NZ$ 19,785
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Alfred Dunhill dunhill Very good Steel 40mm Quartz
Alfred Dunhill Facet Homme Acier Quartz vers 2018
NZ$ 1,669
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Hamilton Khaki Field 685510 Good Steel 44mm Quartz
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Hamilton Khaki Field 24 Hour Time-zone Men's Watch - H 685510
NZ$ 590
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901
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F.P.Journe Elegante New Titanium Quartz
F.P.Journe Elegante Tytalyt 48mm
NZ$ 52,911
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Cartier Tank (submodel) Yellow gold 23mm Quartz
Cartier Tank Gold 750/- Quarz
NZ$ 10,960
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248
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Cartier 21 Chronoscaph 2424 Very good Steel 38.5mm Quartz
Cartier Chronoscaph 21 Chronograph Datum Edelstahl Unisex Ref....
NZ$ 2,782

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Citizen AH7060-53F New Steel 42.5mm Quartz
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Citizen CAMPANOLA HOSHINOSHIZUKU Minute repeater
NZ$ 5,241
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116
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67617OR.ZZ.1235OR.01 Unworn Rose gold 33mm Quartz
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
NZ$ 114,663
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Chopard Happy Diamonds Very good White gold 32mm Quartz
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Chopard White Gold Ladies Happy Diamonds with Integrated Bracelet
NZ$ 9,540
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Franck Muller Long Island 952 QZ REL New Red gold 2,6mm Quartz
Franck Muller LONG ISLAND GOLD
NZ$ 19,785
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27
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Baume & Mercier Classima MV045088 Very good Yellow gold 32mm Quartz
Baume & Mercier Classima Or jaune 18k extrapolante Quartz vers...
NZ$ 1,669
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Cartier Trinity Very good Yellow gold 29mm Quartz
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Cartier Trinity Trilogy 18K Gold Splendid - Total size; 29 x...
NZ$ 4,384
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901
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Longines Conquest L3.726.4.96.6 New Steel 43mm Quartz
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Longines Conquest
NZ$ 1,244
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Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17013 36mm Quartz
Rolex Oysterquarz
NZ$ 8,768
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Franck Muller Master Square 6002LQZV Very good Red gold 29.5mm Quartz
Franck Muller Master Square 18K Roségold Herrenuhr Ref....
NZ$ 8,853

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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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