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No one person invented the quartz watch.

A number of unrelated inventions preceeded the quartz watch. Not until the 1960s did anyone try to bring these inventions together into a single timepiece. American, Swiss and Japanese watch manufacturers made important contributions. Independent researchers, university and industrial scientists, and consumers helped make the quartz watch what it is today.

Meet some of the people who contributed
to this complex process.

Before 1960 After 1960

Swiss Inventors:
were the first to make a quartz watch prototype.

Japanese Inventors:
were the first to introduce a quartz watch to consumers.

American Inventors:
were the first to develop a digital quartz watch.

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