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Re: Interesting information about the rise of quartz, from Tag Heuer

Post by boscoe » December 12th 2011, 5:17am

"Remarkably, Heuer aficionados may be aware that Seiko were also developing an automatic chronograph movement in the same period, narrowly missing out to the Heuer/Breitling/Büren/Dubois-Depraz consortium as related in Jeff Stein’s “Project 99” article- a busy time to be a Seiko engineer, the late 60s… "

Good read, except for a rewrite of history. Seiko was first to market, not Heuer.
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Re: Interesting information about the rise of quartz, from Tag Heuer

Post by koimaster » December 12th 2011, 6:29am

The Japanese had the first quartz watch on the market.
Although the Swiss were the first to make a quartz watch prototype, the Japanese Seiko 35SQ Astron was the first analog quartz watch to reach the market. Seiko had been a maker of mechanical watches since the end of the 19th century, introducing the first Japanese pocketwatch in 1895 and the first Japanese wristwatch, the Laurel, in 1913.


While continuing to produce mechanical watches, Seiko turned its attention to quartz timekeeping in 1958 with the development of a quartz crystal clock. A team was assembled in 1959 to develop a quartz watch. The primary objectives of the project were to reduce the size to that of conventional mechanical watches, and to achieve reasonable prices through volume production. The result of this project was the world's first quartz watch, the Seiko 35SQ Astron, introduced to the Japanese market on Christmas Day, 1969.


http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/quartz/global/japan.html

http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/quartz/coolwatches/seiko.html

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Re: Interesting information about the rise of quartz, from Tag Heuer

Post by themadhungarian » December 13th 2011, 1:32am

Nothing in the article is a rewrite of history. Clearly the quote Boscoe posted is about an automatic chronograph Seiko and the Swiss were developing simultaneously. The blog goes on to state in almost the exact same words what Koi posted above: That the race to get a wristwatch quartz movement on the market culminated with Seiko's release of the Astron on Christmas Day 1969.
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Re: Interesting information about the rise of quartz, from Tag Heuer

Post by TemerityB » December 18th 2011, 8:36pm

A great article; Calibre 11 is a really decent site. No fluff or BS, just a lot of Tag Heuer fans and info. Really well done.
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