Are there any reasons to invest in solar watches?
The short answer is yes, there are plenty of reasons you might want to invest your money in solar watches and some of them are pretty obvious right off the bat. Solar watches are generally aimed to follow the „set once then never touch it again” ideology that big watch manufacturers like Citizen, Casio or Seiko pushed in the late 20th century to the market. In the 1970s some of the first implementations of the solar technology created quite a trend among watch manufacturers. While the first solar watches weren’t that great, the technologies evolved and perfected in what we can see today. I would say that some solar watches are quite close to perfection nowadays. But enough about that. What are the main reasons you might want to invest in a brand new solar watch and is the price difference worth it?
1. You set it once then use it for years without touching it again
Of course, this highly depends on whether you travel a lot, however, some companies like Casio and Citizen solved this by using radio frequency. Basically, besides the solar charging that ensures the watch never runs out of battery as long as it’s exposed to light regularly, some companies implemented something known as atomic timekeeping which relies on the radio signals sent out by atomic stations around the globe. This technology combined with the solar charging eliminates the need for setting the watch.
2. You do not have to worry about changing batteries for years
I know that watch batteries are not what they used to be, meaning that even watches without solar charging can last for a couple of years. However, solar charging takes battery life to a new level.
3. Most of the time the price difference is insignificant
Most of the time the price difference between two similar watches one with solar charging and one without is insignificant. That is yet another reason why you might want to invest in a more future proof watch.
4. You help the environment
Replacing fewer batteries automatically means less waste for the environment. And considering batteries are pretty harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly, you help by reducing toxic waste. If everyone made decisions thinking at the environment more often the world would be a better place.
5. You can use the backlight more often
If you had a nonsolar watch before I reckon you remember that most of the time you had to be very careful to use the backlight only when absolutely necessary so you do not drain the battery. This is no longer the case with solar powered watches. Yet another worry that is eliminated thanks to this technology.
6. There are plenty affordable solar watches
Solar watches are no longer a luxury for the regular customer. Articles like this one http://atomic811.com/best-solar-watches/ show that there are lots of different watches from reputable manufacturers that are quite affordable for the masses.
I hope I made myself pretty clear on the reasons that solar watches are worth it. In the end, the decision is in your hands whether you want to invest slightly more money on a solar watch or not. I think that the added battery life might be worth it for those who plan on using the same watch for longer periods of time.