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    Eco-Drive Prone to Stopping

    Hello,

    I have a Citizen Eco-Drive watch (not sure which one or how to tell) that tends to stop every few months. It is a few years old. I spend a lot of time working at my desk job, and tend to wear long sleeves. Obviously the watch is not getting enough light with my habits.

    Is there a way to tell ahead of time if the light needs to be charged up? Will it start losing time as it runs out of gas, or do something else observable?

    Anyone else having this problem?

    Scott

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    Re: Eco-Drive Prone to Stopping

    Quote Originally Posted by beezaur View Post
    Hello,

    I have a Citizen Eco-Drive watch (not sure which one or how to tell) that tends to stop every few months. It is a few years old. I spend a lot of time working at my desk job, and tend to wear long sleeves. Obviously the watch is not getting enough light with my habits.

    Is there a way to tell ahead of time if the light needs to be charged up? Will it start losing time as it runs out of gas, or do something else observable?

    Anyone else having this problem?

    Scott
    On mine the second hand starts to skip two seconds at a time.

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    Re: Eco-Drive Prone to Stopping

    Depending on the model Eco Drive you have the power reserve is 3 to 6 months. If you put it near a window for a few days it should get it back to a full charge no problem. Vince, when it starts to skip every 2 seconds that also means that it needs a charge. I bought an Eco Drive off of ebay and it was doing the same thing when I got it. After a couple of days by the window it has been fine since.

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    Re: Eco-Drive Prone to Stopping

    The two-second movement is the sign.

    Of the four I own, only the stilleto has run out of juice.

    No problems rotating the others and leaving exposed on the dresser.

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    Re: Eco-Drive Prone to Stopping

    Thanks for the replies.

    I have seen the skip behavior before, but not always. Probably I just didn't notice the other times. I'll keep a look out for that now.

    Scott

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    Re: Eco-Drive Prone to Stopping

    Scott,

    Please be aware that some Eco-Drive watches require as much as 284 hours of sunlight (through a window) to reach a full state of charge.

    Sounds like yours just needs a few days in the sun to bring it back.

    HTH

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    Re: Eco-Drive Prone to Stopping

    this is going back several years, but I got a "solar" watch as a present... worked great for a year, then started "skipping" every day, even with a daily sunlight charge... turns out the capacitor was a "wear" item and tended to ploz out on a yearly basis. Never got around to having it replaced.. prob. should, it was a good watch when it was running. But that kinda cooled me on the solars. If the capacitor needs to be replaced same as a battery, why not have a battery in the watch and call it even?

    Technology has prob. changed since then, and some other power storage system is used... but I too wear long sleeves, and the chance of a solar watch getting a good solar charge during daily wear is limited.

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    Re: Eco-Drive Prone to Stopping

    Don, solar powered watches have come a long way. Also there have been great advances in capacitor/battery technology. You can replace older capacitors of some models with Li-ion batterys, and greatly increase the power reserve.

    A simple top-off method I use is to put it under a desk lamp for a couple of hours while I'm working.
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