Solar powered watches are putting an end to some watch lovers annoyance in constant battery replacements. With quartz being one of the most popular choices for watch enthusiasts (besides automatics), solar powered watches provide a fresh alternative.
How Do They Work?
Solar powered watches work, as you can probably guess, from contact with sunlight. They work with the display on top of a small solar panel in the face. This solar panel uses sunlight and directly converts it into electrical energy. The electrical energy is then used to charge a battery during the night time.
Despite the seemingly advanced technology, solar powered watches aren’t new. First created in the 1980s, it was a popular choice for many kids and was inexpensive. As the years have gone by though, recent watchmakers have redesigned solar powered watches and improved clunky designs.
6 Best Solar Powered Watches on the Market
Citizen Eco-Drive – Promaster
Citizen Watches’ Eco-Drive collection is leading the force when it comes to stylish solar powered watches. With over 200 choices of watches, you’ll find wristpiece that suits your fashion and flavour. Our favourite however is the Promaster range. The 100th anniversary edition features a black ion-plated stainless steel case and a sleek pink gold-tone aluminum bezel. If blue is more your style, then the Skyhawk A-T comes in a gorgeous blue with pilot’s rotating slide rule bezel and yellow stitching.
Seiko Solar Titanium
Seiko’s Solar Titanium is an attractive gents’ watch that keeps it classic and timeless. Made out of titanium with a dark blue face, it’s a slightly smaller watch that holds the perfect combination of style and functionality to match your wardrobe. A great choice for fans of the popular japanese brand who are looking to dive into the solar movement.
The Bering Solar is a slimline solar powered watch for the guy who doesn’t like to go big. Based on the classic Danish design, the Bering Solar is a minimalist wristwatch that keeps it basic in either brushed black, grey and blue or a polished range. The face itself is easy to read with its clear digits and the matching mesh strap looks the part.
Functionality meets design. Casio is a worldwide known brand for its advancement in digital watches. The Edifice however makes use of a classic analog design with racing details and solar power. It’s a fantastically designed watch that looks much like a Tag or Omega Speedmaster. With three sub-dials, 100 meter water resistance and stainless steel exterior, the Edifice is Casio’s big boy of solar powered watches.
Pulsar Solar Accelerator Chronograph
The Pulsar Solar Chronograph is a great choice for the watch lover who prefers a classic steel bracelet and case. The dynamic design is inspired by driving innovation with rally racing built-in to the brands image. A watch for those that live a fast paced lifestyle.
Junghans Milano Mega Solar
Keep it basic with Junghans’ Milano Mega Solar wristwatch. Coming out of the workshop in a sleek black design, the Milano is highly polished with a minimalist dial and a smooth calfskin strap. What makes the basic design of the Junghans Milano so underrated is the radio-controlled movement that adjusts automatically as you travel you can see the appeal. Although the Milano is an analog watch, the date display adds a digital touch.