Why Pilots Prefer Quartz Movement Watches: The Case of the Newmark 6BB Chronograph

Why Pilots Prefer Quartz Movement Watches: The Case of the Newmark 6BB Chronograph

After our latest trip to RAF Shawbury to present the Newmark Helicopter Flying Trophy to the trainee pilot achieving the highest marks, we were fascinated by the conversations that ensued at lunch about their quest to find a watch that could perform during their strenuous levels of activity, and why they opted for Quartz movements. 

Pilots have unique needs when it comes to timekeeping. Precision, reliability, and durability are paramount, particularly when navigating through various altitudes and experiencing extreme conditions. Quartz movement watches, such as our Newmark 6BB Chronograph, have become a favoured choice among aviators for several compelling reasons.

The Precision of Quartz Movement

Quartz watches are renowned for their unparalleled accuracy. This precision is achieved through the oscillation of a quartz crystal, which vibrates at a stable frequency of 32,768 times per second when an electrical current passes through it. This frequency is then divided down to produce a single pulse per second, ensuring the watch remains accurate to within a few seconds per month. In comparison, mechanical watches, which rely on the intricate interplay of gears and springs, can lose or gain several seconds per day.

Reliability at Altitude

Quartz watches excel in maintaining their accuracy and functionality under extreme conditions, including varying altitudes and temperatures. The consistent frequency of the quartz crystal is not significantly affected by temperature changes, making these watches highly reliable at high altitudes where mechanical watches might falter due to the expansion and contraction of their metal components. Additionally, quartz watches are generally more resistant to shocks and vibrations, which is crucial for pilots who experience constant motion and turbulence.

Low Maintenance and Durability

One of the major advantages of quartz watches is their low maintenance. Unlike mechanical watches that require regular winding and servicing to keep the lubricants functioning properly, quartz watches only need a battery change every few years. This aspect is particularly beneficial for pilots who need a dependable timepiece without the hassle of frequent upkeep.

Downsides of Mechanical Watches

While mechanical watches are admired for their craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal, they come with several drawbacks for pilots. The complexity of mechanical movements makes them more susceptible to inaccuracies caused by physical shocks and changes in temperature and pressure. They also require regular maintenance and are generally more expensive due to the intricate labor involved in their production. For pilots, these factors can translate into practical challenges, making mechanical watches less suitable for their rigorous demands.

The Newmark 6BB Chronograph: A Pilots Choice

The Newmark 6BB Chronograph stands out as an excellent choice for pilots needing reliability and precision. This watch is built to military specifications and features a robust quartz movement that ensures exceptional accuracy. The design includes essential functionalities for aviation, such as a chronograph for precise timekeeping and a durable build to withstand the rigours of flight.

In summary, pilots prefer quartz movement watches like our 6BB Chronograph for their unmatched accuracy, reliability under extreme conditions, and low maintenance requirements. While mechanical watches hold a certain allure, the practical advantages of quartz technology make it the superior choice for those who need a dependable and precise timepiece in the demanding environment of aviation.

Whether or not you're flying through the sky with your 6BB, if you need a reliable and steadfast timepiece to accompany you on your journey (whatever that may be) the 6BB is the watch for you.