What is Watch Frequency?

Frequency in watchmaking refers to the Vibrations per Hour enacted by the balance wheel. Frequency is measured in Hertz and is useful in discerning the precision of a timepiece. The higher the frequency the smaller the intervals of time that can be measured. The most common frequency is 4Hz or 28,800 VpH. Frequency does play a role in quartz watches but to a far lesser extent. Quartz vibrates at a set frequency with minor variations. This is the sole reason why quartz watches are such precise instruments.

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