Watch that Runs on Solar Energy

Last Revised on July 6, 2007

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Citizen Watch has added a new kind of watch in its Alterna series. They have named it Eco-Drive Watch and it runs on solar power and any type of artificial light that are absorbed through its spherical crystal glass and the dial. A solar cell beneath the dial transforms any form of light into electrical energy to power the watch.

With regular exposure to light, Eco-Drive Watch can recharge itself for an entire lifetime use. Besides being solar-powered, it has a radio-controlled feature that does the radio reception to put these watches in sync with the rest of the watches. This feature has to be enabled by either doing a simple radio synchronization or let the watch do it automatically.

The only drawback of this watch so far seems to lie in its time synchronization feature. Since the watch is developed in Japan, the watch receives radio signaled time from Japan. If you don’t use this feature, the time can either fall behind or go forward 15 seconds per month.

The price seems to vary store by store but on average it stands somewhere around US$ 299.

Here are the specifications of this Citizen Alterna VO10-6002H watch:
Accuracy +/- 15 seconds/month ( typically in single figures)
Curved Sapphire Glass
Eco-Drive (Recharged by any light sources, no need to change battery ever)
Eco-Drive – 2 years Running Time From Full Charge
Insufficient Charge Warning Function
Perpetual Date Calendar
Power save
Thickness 10.5mm
Case 40mm

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2 Responses to “Watch that Runs on Solar Energy”

  1. Motor Sports Says:
    July 10th, 2007 at 9:24 am

    I’d like to get my hands on one of these. sounds really cool

  2. Open Says:
    December 17th, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    The only way to get anywhere close to a fair estimate is to actually call up a solar installer in your area, and get a free quote. The price depends vastly on your energy usage, and your location. Two houses can be neighbors, and one can use 20 times as much electricity.Solar hot water costs $4-6k, after which you may get some rebates or credits.Solar electricity costs $6k and up, after which you may get rebates or credits. A typical system, if there is such a thing, is several times that size, and it is not unheard of to have a system 20 times that large.

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