Just received my first solar watch. Actually, I purchased two solar watches in the last two weeks, one for me and another for my son.
It got me thinking about the different ways watch manufacturers use to power their devices.
My watch, an MTG1000-9, came completely dead, and required that I put it under the light... a reading light, to be specific, for about five hours, until the hands finally came to life! My son's AWG100 came fully charged.
What attracted me to solar is the belief (hope?) that I won't have to bother replacing the battery for a long, long time (rechargeable batteries will eventually lose their ability to hold a charge, but I'd figure that will be much further off into the future then if I simply had a regular battery which needed replacement when it went dead)
I was browsing in the Seiko forums, and noticed some posts from people with Kinetic watches, who were having issues with the watch. If they didn't wear it much of the time, or if they left it in a drawer, it would go dead. Some of them said they'd wear it to recharge it, while watching t.v., and shake their wrist. Others were looking into self winding boxes, but I read those won't work on Seiko Kinetic watches, as the movement is different then automatic watches....
So... if you need to go to additional hassles to keep the watch working, while using a Kinetic watch, doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose?
For that matter, have any of you, with solar watches, found that you've needed to go to extra lengths, to keep the solar watch going, where you wouldn't have needed to if it was a simple battery powered watch?
For that matter, while I LOVE technology and the "wow" factor, is it really that much easier then simply taking your watch every two, three years and putting a new battery in it? (My Tag Heuer lasted over TEN YEARS with the same battery!)
Just wondering what other people's thoughts are... solar? kinetic? automatic? or stick with a simple replaceable battery?
Are these mostly sales gimmicks?