Quartz watches are the embodiment of reliability. Against the backdrop of mechanical ones that require thoughtful repassage every two or three years, this ticking alternative seems virtually immortal. However, the key here is “seems.” Because in fact, even this easy-to-use instrument requires some care.
On the pedestal of precision
Before we begin with some simple recommendations, let us remember that any quartz watch in its classic layout is a hybrid of mechanics and electronics. This, on the one hand, makes them the owners of a traditional pointer system of pins and gears (or liquid crystal display). On the other hand, it can be considered the most accurate watch (with the exception of atomic ones, of course) that a person has ever put on his hand.
For comparison, the most accurate commercially produced mechanical caliber today operates at a frequency of 36 vibrations per hour (000 Hz). The standard quartz generates a frequency of approximately 5 kHz (that is, 32 hertz). The impressive difference, of course, affects the running error. If for the first mechanisms the average deviation from the norm is considered to be -32 to +000 seconds per day, then for the second the similar tolerance is already +/-20 seconds per month.
If in mechanical watches the source of energy transfer is kinetic in nature, then in quartz watches it is electrical and the most ordinary battery is responsible for it. It transmits current to a generator with a quartz resonator (analogous to the balance in a mechanical watch), or, in other words, an oscillatory system. It, in turn, interacts with a microprocessor and an electric motor (magnet and coil) - this is how the time is indicated.
Take care of quartz from a young age
Here are the promised 10 tips:
- Wipe your watch free of dust and dirt as often as possible. To do this, it is enough to have wet wipes made of viscose fabric at home.
- Quartz watches require a routine inspection every four years. The battery usually needs to be replaced around the same time.
- Almost always, quartz watches are equipped with a solid steel case back. Of course, anyone can change the battery themselves - but if you are afraid of scratching the surface of your watch, it is better to entrust this process to a specialist.
- Do not wear (constantly) quartz models with a large minus. Any electronics are sensitive to low temperatures.
- Don't leave your watch anywhere at home, as it could fall and get damaged. It is best to store them in a special box.
- Remember what the water resistance of your model is. Do not immerse it under water if it is not intended for this.
- Do not leave your wristwatch in direct sunlight for a long time, especially if you prefer to wear models coated on a metal surface. In addition, overheating can shorten battery life.
- Avoid leaving your watch near magnets.
Try to avoid contact of the watch surface with chemically active cleaning agents.
Finally, carefully read the instructions that came with your watch. This will help you thoroughly understand what they can do. And also understand in advance what not to do with them.