Status: It's Complicated
Quartz Watches: Also known as electronic watches, quartz watches are battery powered and keep time using a quartz crystal constantly vibrating at a particular frequency, allowing for a far more accurate clock. Unlike mechanical watches, which require regular winding and are only accurate to within a few seconds a day, quartz watches rarely require maintenance and will remain accurate to within seconds a year.
“Quartz watches, by virtue of the fact that they are electronic in design, have few moving parts and are much less expensive to repair, with maintenance being negligible,” said Peak. “As far as complications are concerned, the sky is the limit. Tidal indicators, altimeters, compasses, depth gauges and world timers are commonplace.” While mechanical watch complications are reliant on the same 12-hour cycle as the watch itself, quarts watches, due to their electronic nature, can incorporate nearly anything the end-buyer desires.
Peak noted that many people will never use some, if not all, of the complications on a watch, indicating that they are valued more for aesthetic than practical purposes. “The more complicated the watch appears to be, the greater the perceived value will be,” he said.