Even though solar watches have been around since the early seventies, the Citizen watch solar power was revolutionized back in 1995 when Citizen introduced its EcoDrive line of solar powered watches.
These watches revolutionized the solar powered watch and they would never be the same. This is in part to some new breakthroughs Citizen made in utilizing solar power.
Citizen has been making watches and revolutionizing the industry since 1918. They have been the biggest watch maker every year since 1986.
For one thing, the battery a titanium lithium composite, is charged using an amorphous silicon solar cell that is seated right behind the watch dial. This unique battery is designed to last for decades, and won’t be negatively affected by repeated charge and recharge modes.
Laboratory tests have shown the batteries will retain up to 80% of it’s storage capacity even after twenty years of use. Sunlight, or any type of light, can recharge the battery. The light passes through the dial to the solar cell underneath and charges the battery.
I personally have an Eco Drive watch and even after leaving my watch in my nightstand drawer for a few days, my watch still keeps accurate time. I’ve never noticed any difference in the performance of my watch regarding being exposed to natural sunlight or household light.
These rugged, beautiful timepieces can not only last a lifetime they can also become a treasured family heirloom that can be passed down from one generation to the next.
Of course, when you get such precision time pieces they do come at a premium. These watches can vary in price depending on where you buy them and the exact make and model, but in general they will cost $300 and up.
Most high end jewelry stores will carry a full line of Citizen watches, they can also be found at high end department stores and, of course, many online retailers. When shopping online it is always important that you know exactly who you are dealing with. You don’t want to get ‘taken’. Be very wary of any really great deal that you find, if it seems too good to be true it might be a scam.
With online purchases you will need to factor in the shipping and handling costs. Even if a price seems like a good deal, it may not look so great when you add up all the shipping charges associated with your purchase. Also, make sure you check on what type of insurance is available, and if you need it.
Giving, or getting, a well crafted solar powered timepiece is a great surprise. It’s a wonderful way of showing someone just how special they are or of commemorating a special occasion, not to mention all the years of accurate time keeping the recipient will enjoy!
When you start out on your quest to find the best deal possible on your Citizen watch solar, don’t forget to go online, just be careful who you buy from when you are online. There are many sites around that are reputable, but some that are not, so be careful.