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    Does Quartz watch exist in 1960s?

    I was watching this tv show 11.22.63 about a time traveler who went to the past to investigate the murder of JFK, there was a scene where one of the character looked at his watch and it says quartz, is that accurate though?Name:  11.22.63.105.hdtv-lol[ettv].mp4_002033959.jpg
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    Re: Does Quartz watch exist in 1960s?

    I'm not so sure but as I know there was no Quartz watch at that time.

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    I was watching this tv show 11.22.63 about a time traveler who went to the past to investigate the murder of JFK, there was a scene where one of the character looked at his watch and it says quartz, is that accurate though?Name:  11.22.63.105.hdtv-lol[ettv].mp4_002033959.jpg
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    Re: Does Quartz watch exist in 1960s?

    It's about as as plausible as the findings of the Warren Commission.

    Seiko introduced the first quartz watch in 1969, about six years after the JFK assassination. Unless it was the time traveller wearing the watch, it's a faux pas.
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    Re: Does Quartz watch exist in 1960s?

    No. Quote from Wikipedia:

    "In the late 1950s and early 1960s, both Seiko and a consortium of Switzerland's top firms competed to develop the first quartz wristwatch. One of the first successes was a portable quartz clock called the Seiko Crystal Chronometer QC-951. This portable clock was used as a backup timer for marathon events in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. In 1966 prototypes of the world's first quartz pocketwatch were unveiled by Seiko and Longines in the Neuchâtel Observatory's 1966 competition.[6]

    On 25 December 1969, Seiko unveiled the quartz Astron, the world's first quartz watch.[6][7] The first Swiss quartz analog watch—the Ebauches SA Beta 21 containing the Beta 1 movement—arrived at the 1970 Basel Fair.[6][8] The Beta 21 was released by numerous manufacturers including the Omega Electroquartz."

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    Re: Does Quartz watch exist in 1960s?

    Maybe the time traveler gave him the watch.

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    Re: Does Quartz watch exist in 1960s?

    Wish whoever made the series would have done the research better on watches, by the way it's a good show

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    Re: Does Quartz watch exist in 1960s?

    Ouch. The writers missed that one. The sad part is Accutrons went on sale in 1960 and would have been in fashion, not to mention accurate to within a second per day.

    Was watching an episode of Warehouse 13 where the main character's Breitling got a close-up for one scene. On freeze-frame it was an obvious fake and while he was supposed to be using it to time something, it was one of those replica specials where the subdials are actually a calendar.

    Another case of not bothering to do any research before writing something.

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    Re: Does Quartz watch exist in 1960s?

    If that screenshot is as dark as it was when watching then it's hardly the most obvious and glaring faux pas.
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    Re: Does Quartz watch exist in 1960s?

    Quote Originally Posted by dr3ws View Post
    Wish whoever made the series would have done the research better on watches, by the way it's a good show
    To be fair, when I'm watching a show, I'm okay if they skimped on issues like this and spent more time on making a good show. I studied and still love paleontology, but I still enjoyed Jurassic Park despite the fact that the velociraptors are multiple times larger than they are supposed to be (and featherless) or the dilophosaurus isn't supposed to have a frill or spit poison (and was smaller in the movie than they are supposed to be), etc, etc.

    It'd be funny if the next character said, "what are you talking about, it's a dead beat." And then extend it with a reply, "but I pay my child support."
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    Re: Does Quartz watch exist in 1960s?

    of course, they go way back, the Chinese invented them back in the days :)

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    but the true digital quartz didnt appear until the mid-late 1800s

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