Quartz is a mechanism in watches that uses an electronic oscillator made of quartz crystal. It is named after the material from which it is made. The quartz crystal is the quintessential part of these watches to measure time. The clock or the watch can be analog as well as digital. We, the common people, who have nothing to do with the inner works of the watches and only cherish the timepieces as a treasure, do not care much about the mechanism. We believe what the watchmaker or the seller at the shop tells us. But just so that you know, quartz watches run on a slice of man-made crystalline quartz that vibrates in response to the electric charges emanated, and thus keeps the time.Men’s watches in quartz technology come in all shapes, sizes and band-types – leather, rubber, NATO, foam, metal – everything that there is.
History of Quartz
Although America, France,and Switzerland were trying and even laid the groundwork for the initial quartz technology, the first to succeed was Japan. The first quartz watch was made by the Japanese company Seiko. They made the world’s first ever quartz men’s watch in December 1969. But only a year or two after the Swiss caught up with their first quartz analog watch with beta 1 movement. Ever since these two types of quartz watches have been competing with each other over the market, and it has only developed the standard of watches better every passing year. We refer to the Japanese technology as only quartz, while to differentiate, the Swiss one is called Swiss quartz.
Quartz Vs. Swiss Quartz
During the first decade, Japan ruled the business, and the Swiss failed to make a mark in quartz watches. But, with the launch of a sleeker and far more efficient version of it in 1983, the Swiss quartz was suddenly a phenomenon. They named the model Swatch. Any person remotely interested in watches would know the glamour and sophistication associated with the name.
While men’s watches in both quartz and Swiss quartz style are functional, highly efficient, long-lasting and trustworthy, they have their differences. Swiss watches are more about class and luxury. It has the dramatic effect of everything regal and majestic, and that is exactly how they are marketed. They are known for top-notch looks and excellent craftsmanship. If you are a fan of grandeur, the Swiss quartz is what you should go for.
On the other hand, Japanese quartz, like every other mechanism they devise, is absolutely spot on with functionality and efficiency. Without the baggage of any overshadowing magnificence of the style or elegance, they do what they are supposed to do – be efficient. High-end technical work, A-class clock engineering,and a sleek look define the quartz watches that originated along the Pacific.
Which one is best?
It is hard to tell which one would look the best as a men’s watch. It largely depends on the individual taste and preference of the person. Quartz watches are great for everyday office use. They run on time, need less maintenance and can be utilized, if needed, for daily usage. But Swiss watches are far more suited for special occasions and festivals like weddings, dinner parties, birthdays and anniversaries.They also work great as gifts, since they are expensive, feel genuine and also useful.
So it is safe to say that a man needs both of them in his wardrobe if he wants to dress right for the occasion. You can always switch the venue if you can carry it well.