Product Type: Citizen Chronograph
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Batteries not included
Citizen Eco Drive Solar Watch
Citizen Eco Drive Solar Watch
Date: 04/06/01, updated on 08/04/02 (6683 review reads)
Advantages: Non batteries, No Batteries, No Batteries
Disadvantages: None yet
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.
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.