Being a watch collector, the one thing that I Have learned over the past couple of months is that quartz watches are not seen as highly desirable in the market. At first I did not understand why such was the case, but then I started digging some information and found a lot of information on the history of watches and quartz watches in general. That explained a lot and I was able to understand what the difference is all about.
Thankfully, writing about these at https://hankeringforhistory.com gave me the chance to do more research and find out more about watches. That is why in this article, I am discussing the history of quartz watches.
Seiko Played a Huge Part in It
In the 70s, Seiko started working on watches that were powered by a quartz oscillator rather than the usual mechanical movement. These were powered by a battery rather than being run on no electrical energy, and they were very, very accurate as compared to the mechanical movements. This caused an upheaval in the industry, and therefore, this incident is now known as the quartz crises or the quartz revolution.
It Nearly Killed The Watch Industry
This is something that so many people have no idea about but the quartz crises nearly killed the watch industry because many of the traditional watchmakers who were known for their mechanical superiority did not want to shift to using quartz, and therefore, one by one, they stopped making watches. This caused many companies to shut down and while many did make a return when the mechanical revival happened, the same case was not seen with most of the smaller companies, and they ended up selling their businesses.