How a quartz watch works

Written by T.A.K. on . Posted in Watches

An everyday wristwatch: We never stop and think about it, but only because engineers have made it so reliable and durable that we don't need to. At its heart lies a tiny tuning fork made of the mineral quartz.

In this video Bill Hammack from the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in Illinois takes apart a cheap watch

Showing extreme close-ups of the actually tunings fork, he explains how the piezoelectric effect of quartz lies at the heart of the watch's operation.

 

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