Is A Quartz Watch Battery Operated?

Are Quartz Watches Battery Powered?

Yes.  All quartz watches are battery powered.

Replacing a Watch Battery in a Quartz Watch
Replacing a Watch Battery in a Quartz Watch

Bonus Question:  Why Are Quartz Watches Battery Powered?

Time pieces in the past, from Big Ben to a grandfather clock to a Swiss watch, relied on an accurate mechanical mechanism to keep accurate time.  For instance, the pendulum on a grandfather clock serves this exact purpose.

In 1969 the clever folks at Seiko unveiled a new way to keep time – instead of a mechanical method to keep time, they used the vibrations of a quartz crystal to keep time.  Actually, they were the first to every do it in a watch; larger quartz clocks had been invented about 40 years earlier.

Quartz Crystal From Watch. The Crystal Resonator Vibrates at a frequency of 32768 Hz
Quartz Crystal From Watch. It vibrates at a known frequency.

Power Source

That is great, but what makes the quartz vibrate?  Electricity.  This electricity is supplied by a battery.

Therefore, quartz watches all have batteries.  No battery would mean no electricity and therefore no vibration in the quartz and then you wouldn’t have a timepiece.

Some newer quartz watches are sort of marketed as not having batteries.  The  watches, for example, have “no need for regular battery replacement”.  These Eco-Drive watches are solar powered, and the solar energy is stored in a “power cell”.  “Power Cell” = “Battery”.  But it’s not the kind of watch battery that you need to replace.

Citizen Eco Drive Quartz Watch.
My Citizen Eco Drive Quartz Watch

I happen to own a Citizen Eco-Drive watch and for day to day use it is the best watch I have ever owned.  It is durable, simple, and never needs maintenance.  Mine is 10 years old now; please see below for some very nice Eco-Drive watches available now:

Citizen Eco Drive Watches for Men

Brand
Promaster Dive
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Quartz Mens Watch,...
Citizen Eco-Drive Avion Quartz Mens Watch, Stainless Steel...
Citizen Eco-Drive Weekender Quartz Mens Watch, Stainless...
Model
Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Quartz Mens Watch,...
Citizen Eco-Drive Avion Quartz Mens Watch, Stainless Steel...
Citizen Eco-Drive Weekender Quartz Mens Watch, Stainless...
Model Number
BN0150-28E
AW1361-10H
AW1150-07E
Men/Women
Men's
Men's
Men's
Face
Luminous Hands and Markers on Black
3 Hand with Date on Grey Dial
Date Window and Baton Markers
Band
Black Rubber
Brown Leather
Polyurethane
Water Resistance Depth
200m
100 meters
100 meters
ASIN
B016R90VBK
B00KCF7JL6
B008OC18JS
Promaster Dive
Brand
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Quartz Mens Watch,...
Model
Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Quartz Mens Watch,...
Model Number
BN0150-28E
Men/Women
Men's
Face
Luminous Hands and Markers on Black
Band
Black Rubber
Water Resistance Depth
200m
ASIN
B016R90VBK
Brand
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco-Drive Avion Quartz Mens Watch, Stainless Steel...
Model
Citizen Eco-Drive Avion Quartz Mens Watch, Stainless Steel...
Model Number
AW1361-10H
Men/Women
Men's
Face
3 Hand with Date on Grey Dial
Band
Brown Leather
Water Resistance Depth
100 meters
ASIN
B00KCF7JL6
Brand
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco-Drive Weekender Quartz Mens Watch, Stainless...
Model
Citizen Eco-Drive Weekender Quartz Mens Watch, Stainless...
Model Number
AW1150-07E
Men/Women
Men's
Face
Date Window and Baton Markers
Band
Polyurethane
Water Resistance Depth
100 meters
ASIN
B008OC18JS

Citizen Eco Drive Watches for Women

Brand
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco-Drive Corso Quartz Womens Watch, Stainless...
Citizen Eco-Drive Classic Quartz Womens Watch, Stainless...
Model
Citizen Eco-Drive Corso Quartz Womens Watch, Stainless...
Citizen Eco-Drive Classic Quartz Womens Watch, Stainless...
Model Number
EW1544-53A
FE1140-86X
Men/Women
Women's
Women's
Face
Luminous Display with Clear Numbers
Blush pink dial with Swarovski crystal accents
Band
Two Toned (Gold and Silver Colored) Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Water Resistance Depth
100 meters
50 meters
ASIN
B0032FOTCK
B00UMDG05O
Brand
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco-Drive Corso Quartz Womens Watch, Stainless...
Model
Citizen Eco-Drive Corso Quartz Womens Watch, Stainless...
Model Number
EW1544-53A
Men/Women
Women's
Face
Luminous Display with Clear Numbers
Band
Two Toned (Gold and Silver Colored) Stainless Steel
Water Resistance Depth
100 meters
ASIN
B0032FOTCK
Brand
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco-Drive Classic Quartz Womens Watch, Stainless...
Model
Citizen Eco-Drive Classic Quartz Womens Watch, Stainless...
Model Number
FE1140-86X
Men/Women
Women's
Face
Blush pink dial with Swarovski crystal accents
Band
Stainless Steel
Water Resistance Depth
50 meters
ASIN
B00UMDG05O

Citizen Eco Drive Unisex Watches

Brand
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco-Drive GarrisonQuartz Unisex Watch, Stainless...
Citizen Eco-Drive GarrisonQuartz Mens Watch, Stainless Steel...
Model
Citizen Eco-Drive GarrisonQuartz Unisex Watch, Stainless...
Citizen Eco-Drive GarrisonQuartz Mens Watch, Stainless Steel...
Model Number
BM8180-03E
AT0200-05E
Men/Women
Unisex
Unisex
Face
Black. Day-Date, Luminous hands, Arabic numerals,
Three-hand analog display with quartz movement, three sub-dials and date display window.; 1 second chronograph
Band
Green Nylon
Green Canvas
Water Resistance Depth
100 meters
100 meters
ASIN
B000EQS1JW
B000EQR6H0
Brand
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco-Drive GarrisonQuartz Unisex Watch, Stainless...
Model
Citizen Eco-Drive GarrisonQuartz Unisex Watch, Stainless...
Model Number
BM8180-03E
Men/Women
Unisex
Face
Black. Day-Date, Luminous hands, Arabic numerals,
Band
Green Nylon
Water Resistance Depth
100 meters
ASIN
B000EQS1JW
Brand
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco-Drive GarrisonQuartz Mens Watch, Stainless Steel...
Model
Citizen Eco-Drive GarrisonQuartz Mens Watch, Stainless Steel...
Model Number
AT0200-05E
Men/Women
Unisex
Face
Three-hand analog display with quartz movement, three sub-dials and date display window.; 1 second chronograph
Band
Green Canvas
Water Resistance Depth
100 meters
ASIN
B000EQR6H0