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Quartz wristwatch story
Quartz wristwatch story

Quartz Wristwatch Story, Reason Behind it’s Fame.

   Quartz Wristwatch Story.

One major account of the origin of the word “watch” was that it came from the Old English word “woecce” which means “watchman“, because it was first used by the town watchmen in order to keep track of their shifts. Another explanation puts it this way that the term woecce came also  from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their ship board watches for example, duty shifts.
During the era of craftsmen, In the early 16th century till about mid 20th century, emanated the German clock makers whose top most common priorities were centred majorly on the creation of miniature timepieces.
A period when mechanical devices were being controlled by wounding round a mainspring. Mainsprings were spiral torsion spring of metal ribbon commonly used as a power source in mechanical watches, clocks and other clockwork mechanisms. which turned gears, moved the hands and kept time with a rotating balance wheel.
The invention of the mainspring in the early 15th century allowed portable clocks to be built, evolving into the first pocket watches by the 17th century, but these were not extremely accurate until the balance spring was added to the balance wheel in the mid 17th century.
In the 1960’s, the quartz watch was invented. The watch which was developed from the 16th century to the mid 20th century was a mechanical device empowered by wounding round a mainspring spring which turned gears and then moved time with a rotating balance wheel, kept time with a vibrating quartz crystals and proved with evidence a fundamental departure for the manufacturing industry.
Quartz watches started creeping  into the market business and took over the market during the 1980s from mechanical watches, an event which referred to as the quartz crisis. The vast majority of watches now have movements. Although mechanical watches are still selling at the high end of the market.
The first ever mechanical clocks, employing the verge escapement mechanism with a balance wheel time keeper, were invented in Europe at around the early 14th century, and became the standard timekeeping device until the pendulum clock was invented around 1656.
The pendulum clock remained the most accurate time keeper until the 1930’s, when quartz oscillators were invented, followed by atomic clocks after World War 2. Although initially limited to laboratories. The development of microelectronics in the 1960s made quartz clocks both compact and cheap to produce, and by the 1980s they became the world’s dominant timekeeping technology in both clocks and wrist watches. More stories to come on The quartz crisis.




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