History of Japanese Quartz. While the Swiss were mired in the Quartz crisis, the Japanese were enjoying the "Quartz Revolution." Although the Swiss began developing quartz watches in the 1960s, Seiko, Japan's premier watch manufacturing company, beat the Swiss with the introduction of a portable quartz clock, the Seiko Crystal Chronometer QC-951.
So here you are, asking your trusted ‘watch friend’ about the differences between say, a Seiko, and a Tissot, and they educate you about the history between these two storied brands, and the fundamental differences between a Japanese-made movement and a Swiss-made movement.
Japanese quartz can offer some serious advantages over the Swiss counterparts. Atomic/radio controlled time keeping, solar power, "kinetic" (rotor power), arguably the spring drive, the most advanced movement ever made, high end quartz (also found in Swiss models, in fairness), and much more complex movements.
1. Quartz Movement. In 1969, Seiko, the Japanese watchmakers introduced the quartz movement. The launch of this new technology challenged the traditional timepiece houses who relied on mechanical movement to power their watches.
The Japanese 3-hand date Miyota 2115 is a vast improvement in quality and one of the most widely used quartz movements in the world. The 2115 lacks the power to move longer second hands, so you will typically find them in watches with shorter hands. The Swiss 3-hand date Ronda 785 is considered a high-end quartz movement.
Swiss Quartz Movements vs. Japanese Quartz Movements Today, the Swiss have a relatively healthy quartz watch business, with many brands crating watches powered by Swiss Quartz movements. In broad terms, the only real differentiation between a Swiss Quartz movement and a Japanese (or German, French, Asian, Russian or other country’s quartz movements) quartz movement is the country of origin.
A Japanese quartz movement is a mechanism for keeping time based upon the regular vibration of tiny section of quartz crystal. The "Japanese" part of the name refers to where the mechanism was manufactured, not where the crystal originated from.
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Swiss movement means that more than 50 percent of the movement was assembled in a Swiss factory from Swiss-manufactured parts. Certain case stamps identify the Swiss movement, including Swiss quartz, Swiss automatic or Swiss auto, and simply, Switzerland or Swiss. There are three types of movements: mechanical, automatic and quartz.