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How Quartz Watches Work
by Douglas Dwyer
Dwyer, Douglas. "How Quartz Watches Work" 01 April 2000. HowStuffWorks.com. < [link to electronics.howstuffworks.com
] 03 January 2011.
Inside this Article
1. Introduction to How Quartz Watches Work
2. Before Quartz
3. The Quartz Crystal
4. Lots More Information
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Amazing Timepieces Image Gallery
Quartz watches actually use quartz crystals to keep time. How can they be so accurate? Find out why quartz makes such a great time keeper. See pictures of amazing timepieces.
During the 1970s, the "quartz watch" burst onto the scene as the newest high-tech gadget. Initially, these watches had red LED displays and they cost around $500 in the United States. Since then, the quartz watch has evolved so that either an LCD or a traditional mechanical (hour and minute hand) movement displays the time, and the price has fallen dramatically. It is not uncommon to find quartz watches given away for free in boxes of cereal!
Have you ever wondered why it is called a quartz watch? Or why quartz watches are so much more accurate than wind-up watches? In this edition of HowStuffWorks, you will learn all about the amazing electronic phenomenon called the quartz crystal and how it forms the heart of a quartz watch!
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