Solar-powered watches are making a big impression lately. We're seeing more brands producing timepieces that function with the power that they absorb from natural sunlight. This is an excellent option for watch enthusiasts who are mindful of the delicate state of the environment and who prefer a more natural approach. We've put together a collection of the most popular examples on the market today. Here are the 10 best solar powered watches money can buy.
10. Bering Solar Brushed Blue
The Solar Brushed Blue features a Danish design with an ultra-slim profile. The stainless steel case measures just 9 mm in thickness with a diameter of 40 mm with a brushed blue finish. The dial is a matching dark blue that lends a sophisticated air to the timepiece with easy to read hour and minute markers in bold white. An inner ring of hour indicators in dot style circle the inner portion of the dial and the hands are matching blue and white with an orange seconds hand that matches the inner circle indices. The dial is covered with a flat sapphire crystal and the watch is water-resistant up to 5 ATM. The strap is made of Milanese in matching blue with IP blue coating and a safety clasp closure. The watch is powered with a solar movement and a rechargeable battery.
9. Casio Tough Solar Watch
The Tough Solar Watch is one of Casio's most remarkable editions. It is powered by a self-charging solar power system that is eco-friendly yet effective. This multi-functional timepiece provides several useful functions including dual countdown timers, a 5 alarms stopwatch, and 48 city and 31 zones world times. It is water-resistant up to 100 meters and it comes with LED Light with Afterglow for legibility in all lighting environments. The hands and markers are treated with Neo-Brite luminous coating. Other features include a multi-lingual day of the week display, a 1/100 second digital stopwatch, measuring modes, auto-repeat functions, full auto calendar and 12/24 hour formats.
8. Citizen Men's BM8180-03E
This is a popular men's solar-powered model from the Citizen watch brand. It features an elegant design that is suitable for casual or dressy occasions. It is a member of the Eco-Drive collection that gathers energy from sunlight as well as from artificial light sources, converting the energy through internal solar cells that charge the integrated batteries. the case is made of durable stainless steel with a black dial and contrasting indices and hands. The watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet, adn is suitable for snorkeling but not diving. The indices are treated with lume for excellent legibility and the dial is covered with a mineral crystal. Another notable feature is the integrated calendar display.
7. Casio GW9400 Rangeman G-Shock
The Rangeman G-Shock is a rugged men's watch that is made with a strong stainless steel case and a design that gives this timepiece water-resistance up to 660 feet. The dial offers several useful displays of the functions in red contrasting colors against the black dial for excellent legibility. The pushers are textured and the format is digital. The watch is suitable for earn when swimming, showering, snorkeling or scuba diving. This is the ideal watch for the outdoorsman and it is solar-powered. It comes with an altimeter, a digital compass, a thermometer, and a barometer, with MB6 atomic timekeeping. One of the most impressive features of this watch is the built-in antenna that allows the receipt of standard time radio waves in Japan, Germany, China, the United Kingdom, and North America.
6. Citizen BJ7000-52E
This is another model that is found within the Eco-Drive solar series. It is a popular model that features an elegant presentation with solar powering, new for 2019. The watch falls under the Nighthawk collection and is designed with the brand's most advanced technology. Charging of the integrated battery happens through sunlight absorbed by the solar panels in the watch. The movement is a Japanese quartz type with precision timekeeping. This watch is water-resistant to 200 meters. The hands and markers are treated with a luminous coating for high visibility in low light conditions. The case and band are made of stainless steel materials. It's the ideal watch for those who enjoy water sports. It also comes with an integrated pilot's slide rule. The case measures 42 mm in width with a weight of just 5 ounces.
5. One Eleven Men's SW1 Solar Quartz watch
This attractive casual men's watch features a case that is made of stainless steel adn measures 42 mm in width. The dial features a 3-hand analog display with a date window. The dial is white with contrasting black hands and indices. It charges in artificial or natural light for solar power to charge the battery. The dial is protected with a mineral crystal glass. The band is made of light brown leather with red stitching and buckle closure. The watch is resistant to water up to 330 feet.
4. Seiko Prospex Solar Dive Watch
This is a popular dive watch for those who prefer eco-friendly solar power. The watch keeps precise time thanks to the Caliber V157 Japanese Solar Quartz movement. The case is made of stainless steel and measures 47 mm in width and 12 mm in depth. The band is made of black polyurethane. The dial features a date display with Lumbrite applied to the hands and markers for illumination in low lighting conditions. The bezel is a unidirectional rotation elapsed type. The crown and case back are both screw down style and this watch is resistant to water up to 200 meters, suitable for scuba diving.
3. Citizen Men's Eco-Drive AW1236-03A
This is another of Citizen's more popular solar models. This version of the Eco-Drive features a case made of stainless steel with a silvertone dial that has a lovely texturing. Applied Roman numerals and stick hour markers with a date display contrast wonderfully against the background for easy legibility. The case is 40 mm in width and the dial is protected with a mineral crystal glass. The watch is solar-powered and never needs a battery. The movement is a Japanese quartz type with solar power. The strap is made of genuine leather with buckle closure. The watch is resistant to water up to 99 feet.
2. Seiko Men's Recraft Series
The Recraft is a solar-powered chronograph watch. The case is made of stainless steel and it measures 43.5 mm in diameter. The watch is powered by a Japanese quartz solar-powered movement that maintains a power reserve of 6 months from a single full charge. This watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet. The strap is made of nylon in orange and blue. The dial is blue with three dark blue colored subdials that display the chronograph functions. The hands and markers are treated with LumiBrite for legibility in low light conditions.
1. Citizen Men's Promaster Professional Diver
The Promaster Professional Diver features a round case that is made of stainless steel in a generous 48 mm width. The dial is blue with a date window and luminous coating on the hands and hour markers. The bezel is a unidirectional type. The watch is powered by solar Eco-Drive technology that does not require the use of a battery. The movement is a Japanese quartz type with a molded polyurethane strap with buckle closure. The watch is resistant to water up to 666 feet.
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