Why Aren’t All Quartz Watches Solar Powered?

Living in the Intermountain West has many advantages: towering mountains, low humidity, very few insects…and lots of sunshine. So when I awoke this morning with our big burning ball of a sun beaming through my blinds, I began to think of my beloved watches. Out of the five-dozen that grace my drawer, only about a half-dozen of those are solar powered. 

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I’ve been amassing watches for many years, so it stands to reason a lot of them would be battery only. But, for my newer ones…why haven’t I gone the solar route? There‘s a lot of offerings, and grab and go has a whole new meaning with owning a solar watch.

Do you own a lot of solar watches? If so, why? If not, why?

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I owned one citizen previously and the power reserve indicator broke. Never bought another Citizen for myself again. I did buy one for my mom though and she loves it. 
 

I like the idea of solar but find most solar models unattractive. Most high end pieces don’t use them. The recent Tank Solar being an exception. Also not sure what the life cycle is but I don’t believe the movements last forever. I think mine broke because I wasn’t wearing it much so it didn’t get enough light. 
 

I’m sure most enthusiasts just prefer automatics over Solar for the same reasons they don’t buy regular quartz watches. Solar is just another type of quartz. There is always debate about mechanical v quartz. 
 

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They cost more and I don't have any reason to believe they are more, or even as, reliable.

I have no interest for the same reason I've stopped caring about lume. My shirt cuff covers the watch, so it gets very little exposure to light. I also assume that they are thicker, which is a check in the wrong column for me.

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OscarKlosoff

They cost more and I don't have any reason to believe they are more, or even as, reliable.

I have no interest for the same reason I've stopped caring about lume. My shirt cuff covers the watch, so it gets very little exposure to light. I also assume that they are thicker, which is a check in the wrong column for me.

My ecrodrive would like to have a word with you

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RandyC

I owned one citizen previously and the power reserve indicator broke. Never bought another Citizen for myself again. I did buy one for my mom though and she loves it. 
 

I like the idea of solar but find most solar models unattractive. Most high end pieces don’t use them. The recent Tank Solar being an exception. Also not sure what the life cycle is but I don’t believe the movements last forever. I think mine broke because I wasn’t wearing it much so it didn’t get enough light. 
 

I’m sure most enthusiasts just prefer automatics over Solar for the same reasons they don’t buy regular quartz watches. Solar is just another type of quartz. There is always debate about mechanical v quartz. 
 

I just watched Marc’s new video at Long Island about the new 40th Anniversary Arnie Solar. Oh svelte svelte…svelte! Sign me up for the PADI!

https://youtu.be/QZkxx1eKoZs

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OscarKlosoff

They cost more and I don't have any reason to believe they are more, or even as, reliable.

I have no interest for the same reason I've stopped caring about lume. My shirt cuff covers the watch, so it gets very little exposure to light. I also assume that they are thicker, which is a check in the wrong column for me.

They do cost more. But every one I own works flawlessly. 

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Non solar quartz movements are usually under 20 bucks and need a 3 dollar battery after 2 or 3 years. you can't beat the economics of them.

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My Dad owns a Solar powered Citizen, U believe it’s his second watch in 30 year. I was wearing one for about 10 years nonstop-till the bracelet broke down - one watch guy. Since a couple of years I got to know mechanical watches and am hooked on them. But I still own a solar powered Promaster Diver. They are so good with a great lume and build like a tank! When it comes to swimming or diving it’s my first choice! 

For me, it’s the sweeping of the second hand and knowning about the craftsmanship which went into it(even though it might be machines who make them today:) But when I gave a mechanical watch to service, there’s a watchmaker taking it appart and the watch is good t go for the next 10 year:) 

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I own a few solars and I have to say they made them lot better. I have one Citizen and three G shocks they are my go to heavy hitters. Don't know about yah but I'm kind of a dooms day person if there time if our country will hit rock bottom and if I have to move to the mountains or dessert my solars going with me.