by Rob Wagner
Solar watches are environmentally-friendly timepieces that use the sun for power. They come in many varieties, including those for outdoor enthusiasts, watches that appeal to technically-savvy buyers and luxury models. Solar watches require minimal maintenance and are more accurate than self-winding automatic watches. Let us help you decide if a solar watch is right for you.
What is a solar watch?
A solar wristwatch uses sunlight or man-made light captured by a solar panel to power the timepiece. It does not require a battery or daily winding. Men's solar watches and women's solar watches have been mass produced since the 1970s, with technology advancing to the point where several watchmakers offer solar timepieces as their primary watches.
Does a solar watch stop keeping time in the dark?
No, it works day and night. The solar panel on a solar wristwatch converts the light into electrical energy, which is stored in a rechargeable cell. The rechargeable cell will keep the watch powered in the dark. Some solar-watch brands use lithium-ion cells that can keep a watch powered for months without being exposed to any light. Men's watches and women's watches with solar technology are low-maintanence and reliable
What are the differences between a solar watch and an atomic solar watch?
The solar watch and atomic solar watch are both powered by solar panels. The difference is that the atomic solar watch sets its time using a radio signal that is broadcast from the atomic clock at the Fort Collins, Colorado-based National Institute of Standards and Technology. The institute gives the most accurate time on the planet. The watch's time never needs adjusting because the low frequency radio signal updates the time daily. Combined with its ability to never need a battery, the atomic solar watch is one of the most maintenance-free watches available.
Are solar watches fashionable?
Both women's solar watches and men's solar watches come in many different styles to suit a variety of tastes. If you are in the market for a nice luxury wristwatch, a solar watch is a good option. Many solar watches are made with style in mind and incorporate gold, leather and diamonds. Other solar watches are perfect for outdoor and sports enthusiasts and feature multiple functions and durable materials and construction.
What are the features of a solar watch?
Solar watches are generally designed to be contemporary and usually have multiple functions. Solar watches are durable and many feature stainless steel or titanium cases and hardened mineral or sapphire crystals. Some feature a blue-grey tint on the dial, which is designed to optimize sunlight. Many solar watches emphasize their ruggedness by featuring a stopwatch, multiple time-zone displays and the ability to be water resistant up to 200 meters. Some solar watches feature a barometer, compass, thermometer and altimeter with LCD display. Solar-powered women's watches and men's watches offer functionality and style.