James May and the Quartz Watch

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James May and the Quartz Watch

Post by koimaster » September 24th 2019, 3:57pm

It turns out that Mr May is also rather savvy when it comes to understanding the complexity of the technology that almost single-handedly and irreversibly destroyed the Swiss mechanical watch industry – the Quartz Watch.

In this rather wonderful video made by the BBC’s Earth Lab, May goes through the engineering, history and application of Quartz technology.

It may also interest you to know that May has quite the watch collection himself, having previously been spotted wearing watches such as a vintage Omega Chrono-Quartz, Rolex Milgauss ref. 116400WO and an IWC Portuguese Chronograph.

Anyway, if you’ve got a spare five minutes, this is a great video that simply and easily explains the salient facts of quartz technology



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Re: James May and the Quartz Watch

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » September 24th 2019, 4:43pm

Finally someone to properly explain how do watches without a soul work :mrgreen:

May has indeed sported a number of watches on Top Gear and The Grand Tour - of the ones they didn't mention, he certainly had an all-ceramic Rado, and recently appeared to have gone the Jeremy Clarkson way, and wore one of the world's most silly watches - the Omega Aqua Terra Railmaster XXL, the 49mm saucer-sized contraption. Did notice the IWC 3714 and the Milgauss, they're hard to mistake for anything else.

At least it looks like he didn't have any watch wrecked in a car crash, which can't be said of Hammond and his Sea-Dweller (nearly destroyed in the Rimac electric supercar crash).
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