Switch to a solar-powered watch and you’ll never experience that annoying moment when you realize your watch battery has died ever again. Solar-powered watches can take charge from just about any light source, and they can run for months in the dark. From entry-level offerings all the way to luxurious picks for dedicated collectors, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite eco-friendly solar watches on the market today.
Casio G-Shock G-Steel GST-B100 Solar Watch
This G-Steel variant has a solar-powered movement with a rich set of complications, including Bluetooth connectivity for syncing with a smartphone. Other key features of the rugged timepiece include LED lighting, a lightweight silicone band, and a multifunctional rotating disc sub-dual, which was inspired by jet engines.
Seiko SNE331 Core Solar Watch
The Seiko SNE331 Core has a military-inspired design that combines a 43-millimeter black stainless steel case and dial with contrasting markers. The nylon band matches the color of the timepiece’s markers to complete the utilitarian vibe of the timepiece.
Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Watch
This affordably-priced Citizen Promaster diver watch has a utilitarian design, a rugged 43-millimeter stainless steel case, and the company’s light-powered Eco-Drive movement. A comfy polyurethane strap and a sweet 5-year warranty make this an excellent addition to your watch collection.
One Eleven SW1 Solar Watch
The affordable One Eleven SW1 Solar watch has a casual-cool 42-millimeter case and a high-quality Japanese movement that’s powered by light. A date complication is also on board.
The characterful timepiece is available in a plethora of finishes on a leather band or a comfy velcro strap. We like this variant’s leather strap with contrasting red stitching.
Seiko Recraft Series Solar Chronograph Watch
This Seiko Recraft Solar chronograph is a nod to the company’s glorious racing-inspired timepieces from the past. Its key features include a gorgeous blue dial with contrasting chronograph sub-dials and a nylon strap that’s as comfortable as it is good-looking.
Citizen Eco-Drive AW1236-03A Watch
If you’re looking for a stylish dress watch on a tight budget, consider this Citizen offering. Powered by the company’s Eco-Drive movement, the affordable timepiece has a 40-millimeter stainless steel case, nice silver-tone dial with contrasting gold hands, and a genuine leather strap. Like all Citizen watches, the AW1236-03A comes with a 5-year warranty.