Everything You Need To Know About Solar Watches | The Watch Hut
The first ever solar watch was conceived in 1968 by inventor Roger Riehl, and became popular in the 1970s. Solar watches are still just as fashionable today, proving heritage has a lasting impact, and they make for a stylish traditional timepiece to add to your watch collection.
What is a solar watch?
A solar watch is just like any other quartz watch, except it has a solar panel under the face or dial. That panel absorbs energy from a light source, such as - you guess it - the sun.
It then converts the light into electrical energy to power the watch. This means the battery's charge can be replenished just by being exposed in a well-lit area. But what about when there's no light? Ingeniously, the watch stores the energy in a rechargeable cell, creating its own power reserve for when it's swamped in darkness.
While solar watches can survive in the dark for many months, leaving them without a light source for lengthy periods can drain them of power, and they may lose their ability to recharge entirely. Try not to leave your solar watch in the bedside drawer for a year, and all will be fine!
What are the benefits?
Just like quartz watches, solar watches deliver precise time keeping, and they don't require battery replacement. They can also be considered an eco-friendly option, as the sonar panel removes the need for battery disposal and subsequently, the potential release of harmful chemicals in the environment.
Intrigued to know more about the different types of solar watches? Read on to learn about ladies' and men's options for every budget.
For those on a budget, there are plenty of solar watches to please. Many feature plastic straps that are practical for a grab-and-go look that's light on the wrist. The plastic look is symbolic of the '90s, so if you're a fan of retro influences, these could be right up your street.
This Women's Lifemax Solar Flare Watch (£59.99) features an analogue solar movement. The diamante encrusted face glams it up, while its low-key white design keeps it cool for a piece that can be worn day or night. The rubber strap helps to repel water, a hygienic feature that will also prove practical if you're active. And for when you want to keep on the eye on the calendar, you can make use of the handy date function.
When it comes to producing a high-tech solar watch that's reasonable in price, Casio delivers with this Men's Casio Sports Alarm Chronograph Watch (£55). Intelligent time-keeping features mean you'll have no excuse for being late. Its world time function, stopwatch, five daily alarms and automatic calendar make it ideal for tracking time when on a tight schedule. It looks smart on the wrist too, thanks to a matte black design.
If you're looking for a watch that's high in quality yet not too pricey, we've got a couple of options to help get the ideas flowing.
This Ladies Seiko Solar Powered Watch (£123) captures opulence to a tee. A gold-plated face and intricate links curve the way for a timeless piece that will never fall out of style. The more practical alternative to a gold bracelet, it will make the perfect pairing to an evening outfit. For a striking contrast that exudes elegance, wear it with an outfit containing gold's perfect partner in crime: black.
This Men's Casio Waveceptor Titanium Alarm Chronograph Watch (£118) is a great contender if you're a fan of the conservative look. Boasting a waveceptor feature, it picks up radio signals across different countries for on-the-mark time keeping, wherever you are in the world. Precision is at its core, that's for sure.
We have a variety of solar watches with high-tech features, guaranteed to stand the test of time. Here are a couple of our favourites.
If you're looking for a solar watch that breaks the mould, this Ladies Tissot T Touch Solar Alarm Chronograph Solar Powered Watch (£670) makes for serious eye candy. The durable metal bracelet keeps things simple, letting the iridescent mother of pearl face steal the limelight. An ideal time-piece for everyday wear, it will blend in seamlessly with any outfit.
The pioneering Swiss watch maker Tissot certainly delivers with the Men's T Touch Expert Alarm Chronograph Solar Powered Watch (£750). A great investment piece, it's one that's guaranteed to outlast the trends.
The sapphire crystal glass face is offset with black detailing and a trusty leather strap, giving a nod to expert craftsmanship. If you're a fan of techy features, you'll love the built-in alarm feature and date function.
Feeling inspired? You can browse our full selection of solar watches for more ideas.