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I own a large quantity of watches. Probably more than is healthy for one man.
That's not to say I'm obsessed with time keeping, but I have to admit that I'm rarely late.
So, my man drawer is positively bulging with timepieces, many of which require a new battery. A fact that seems to irritate my wife to no end, so when a recent "big occasion" occurred in our lives, my wife kindly purchased me a new watch that apparently will never require a new battery!
The watch in question is a Citizen BV1045-01E from the Citizen Eco Drive collection.
It's a solar powered watch that uses the light to charge it's battery, so in theory I should never have to replace the battery.
The Eco Drive collection currently consists of over 100 styles. My watch is black stainless steel with a stylish retro look, square faced, analogue with a quartz movement, calendar date window, scratch resistant glass and water resistant to a depth of 30m. The strap is soft black leather with subtle red stitching and a sturdy buckle clasp that is very secure, so no danger of it falling off accidentally. I have to admit, that I'm feeling the love for this watch!
The battery is a lithium ion battery that should run on full charge for approx 180 days.
A full charge is possible from 3.5 hours in sunlight and just one minute of sunlight is enough to charge for a single day. It does however state in the product literature that it is able to harness power from any light source but obviously sunlight is recommended for the best results and I find this to be true. If the watch does get low on charge, the second hand begins to jump in two second increments as a warning. Clever eh?
I must also add that this came in a stylish presentation box and is covered by Citizen's five year guarantee.
Cost wise this particular watch currently retails for approx £165. So not cheap, but definitely excellent quality.
It is well worth visiting tie Citizen website at www.citizenwatch.com to browse the full range. If you do then you will notice that the prices and styles differ considerably across the range. So there is plenty of choice.
I am very pleased that my wife chose this as a gift for me and with the added bonus of it being solar it is guaranteed to never languish in the watch graveyard that is my man drawer!
Thanks for reading
Citizen Eco Drive watch, harness the power of light, being any form of light, to charge its battery, which in theory, means that you will never have to replace the battery. There are 27 different men's styles and 9 different women's styles. Out of those styles, there are 9 men's/women's matched sets.
My watch is the Citizen Eco Drive Stiletto, it has a lithium-ion battery, that should run the watch forever. It is designed to run on full charge for 180days and takes roughly 3.5hours to charge fully in sunlight or one minute to charge for one days worth of power consumption.
Although I'm not the biggest fan of bracelet watches, this watch, is made mostly of titanium, making it extremely lightweight and very durable. It feels very comfortable on and sometimes you don't even notice that you have it on. The bracelet design means that you have to not only press the clasps together in order to undo it, you then have to slide it over your hand, which means that its very difficult, if not impossible for the watch to accidently fall off.
The hands and tick marks are very shinny, making them easy to see, even in the dark and the glass has a scratch resistant coating, which works very well.
The only downside I would say it has is that if you want the strap adjusting you have to have it done professionally as most people don't have the correct tools for this.
I wear this watch 99.9% of the time and have done for the past 3years, it has never let me down, it doesn't have any marks on it and I am very pleased with it and would highly recommend to everyone.
For interest, this is about a Citizen Modena Perpetual Eco-Drive watch. Long title, fancy thing for a watch! I use to have digital watch when I was a lad, but grew out of them fairly rapidly. I liked the look of some analogue watches and bought a Seiko for about £30 around 14 years ago. This was OK, but the leather strap broke. Fix that, replace the battery and I?ve doubled the cost of the original purchase. When the oil reservoir ran out and I would have to treble the cost to get it repaired, I got a watch from Marks and Spencer. Similar deal, lasted a few years and strap went, then the battery. Moved up market and got a Timberland watch for around £100...(silly me, name like that, you?d think it would last.) The strap went and then the watch started to rust where the lacquer wore off, after less than 4 years. So, I looked around for another watch? Criteria?no batteries, metal strap, lightweight, dual time zone. I got so frustrated stopping the watch to change time zones, especially when you change time zones on a daily basis at times! Sure way to make sure your watch is inaccurate. So, I looked around and found the Citizen range of watches. Very nice, very stylish, some very classic, quite expensive. However, there are some redeeming features if you think about the life of the watch. So here goes?. Weight. The watch is Titanium cased and the strap is titanium. This was a plus, since it co-ordinates with the rods in my back. That apart, it makes the watch strong, corrosion proof (rust free!!) and nice to look at. Battery. None, part from the rechargeable built into the watch. The watch will run for three years in the dark and a days normal wear will charge the battery up. The watch dial is the solar panel and it will auto detect the lack of light and stop the
second hand. As soon as there is light, off it goes again! Accuracy. About 2 seconds per two months, from experience so far. Date ? Perpetual up to 2100. Given I expect to croak it around 2068 (101!) I think that will suffice. Once the month is set, there is no need to set the date again ever, it knows about Leap Years etc. Dual Time. You can set a second time zone by adjusting the bezel to L.Tim and then pulling the bezel out and turning it. The watch keeps going on your home time, but also remembers the time zone you are in. Simply twisting the bezel a couple of clicks switches between the two zones ? wonderful. Once you pull out and twist the bezel couple of clicks, the hour advances by one then stops ? easy to jump four time zones for example. Alarm. OK, but wouldn?t want to rely on it for an important meeting. Lasts about 20 secs and is annoying but no more. Chrono ? no idea, never used it, but it?s there. Water resistance ? Allegedly 200 meters, so good for about 10-15 meters of diving. Certainly enough to use when bathing the kids. OK, price. Got mine through the ?Net for about £255. Expensive, but I figured I was spending between £60-100 every four years on ordinary watches and this puppy should last for about another 64..so a nett saving of about £1000! It?s also as pretty as the Gucci I already have, so will double as a dress watch! Not for everyone, but practical, robust, useful watch that keeps good time and is free to run. I would certainly recommend it to people ? I bought one for my wife! PS - Why like Natasha Kaplinsky - cos it looks good and tells me what I need to know!!
I purchased my husband a Citizen Eco-drive watch on the occasion of our wedding (ahh. Sick making I know.) I can’t tell you exact model except for it could be any one of the following models. I have trawled their web pages and could not find it. Checked all the paper work that came with the watch could not find a model number. So I think that they no longer produce it. But I am sure that you can still get it in the shops. BJ6*** /EP5***/EP6***/EW0***/EW1***/EW2***/EW3***/EW4*** The watch is metal bracelet type. The face is dark blue and that is the solar panel. So you never need to buy any more batteries. Amazing I know that is what attracted me to it in the first place. If you are anything like me then you are lazier than a lazy thing. Let’s try a sloth (I heard that they move so slowly that they algae can grow on them and not be disturbed. Scary or what. Back to the watch.)Also his glows in the dark. Watch that is!!(what else could I mean) The watch was £69.95 a lot of money for me to spend on a watch even though it was not for me. But it seemed worth it. Lets rewind slightly when we went to buy hubby had seen a couple in the window. One was a Lorus Kinetic and the other was this Citizen. According to the man in the shop Lorus and Citizen are the same company. He thought that the Citizen was far better and it had a 3-year warranty. Some thing very rare now a days. And he also said that if you don’t wear the Citizen and don’t put it in the dark it is always re-charging itself. As hubby can not wear a watch to work. It is left on the bedside table for days at a time. So no need to worry about running down. Or having to waggle his wrist around to charge a kinetic. One full charge last 6 months. And you can use any type of light to charge it with which is even better. As I thought that it might have to be left in direct light sun. No, that is the last thing
that you do. According to the manual you should not leave it direct sun, as it will over heat. Even lamplight will charge the watch. The charge is held in a battery. That contains no toxic chemicals. In the manual even has a table of charging times so you know how long it will take to charge under certain circumstances. Hubby has had the watch for 9 months and it is still running fine. He has not had not put it under a lamp to re-charge. So there seems to be no problems with the charging. The only way that it might run down is if you charged it the once and then lived in the dark for the rest of you life. It even can tell you that it needs re-charging. No it does not shout re-charge me. Instead of the second hand moving every second it takes two seconds to tick over. That is your clue to put under lamp but no closer than 20 inches if the lamp gets really hot. Do not want to damage your watch. While looking on Citizens web site I found out that the watches that cost about £200 can be charged and then last for 5 years. I do find that a little bit hard to swallow. As well as a very nice presentation case it even had a couple of extra links for the strap. So if hubby ever got really fat it could be expanded to fit. I don’t think that will happen. Never have to change a battery again. Sounds to idea. But it is brilliant. I am now trying to find one similar to hubbies for me. But no. All the womens Eco-drives in that price range (about £70) does not have metal strap. I know that a metal strap is cold in winter. But it will last a longer than a leather one. I think that I might just have to write to Citizen and suggest that to them. .
Recently I bought I new Citizen (Eco-Drive) which was solar powered and had a Perpetual Calendar. I have timed it with teletext timing and since it has not lost a second. The strap is made out of titanium and has a scratch proof flat face. Even though this watch costs 150 pounds it is worth every penny. It is water resistance to 200m depth and has a five year guarantee with it but with the amount you pay and the standard the watch has shown me it should last about 15 years. Even when you get fed up with it you should be able to sell it for a healthy amount of money. If you have and queries, comment at once and I will get back to you!
When looking for a watch that requires no new batteries there are really only two options: Kinetically charged (e.g. Seiko kinetic) or solar powered (this one). There is a big disadvantage with the Kinetic style of watch in that the bearings that transfer the kinetic energy often need to be replaced approximately every four years. This means that the hassle of getting a new battery every so often is just replaced with the hassle of renewing the bearings. The solar powered style of watch has fewer moving parts and so is less prone to wearing out. It was for this reason that I decided on the Citizen watch. For an analogue watch this has a healthy number of features: alarm, stop-watch and calendar. It is also very accurate and only looses about fifteen seconds per month. One problem with this being an analogue watch is that when you want to set the alarm you have to wait an age for the hands to whiz round until they display the desired time – it can take up to 2 minutes for the hands to move to show the time that the alarm is set to (it seems like hours when you’re in a rush). The watch is also quite bulky. If you are determined to get a watch that is not reliant on batteries then this is one of the best options at the moment. If, however you can put up with the hassle of battery replacement then for the money you could probably find something a bit more special.
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