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.