Although Seiko was one of the first watchmakers to develop solar batteries, this eco-friendly technology has not been in the brand’s foreground. However, it looks like this trend is changing in a way that the new generation of SEIKO Solar watches are produced more and more often, combined with both classic and modern designs.
Seiko Solar is a quartz timepiece that is powered by light, to be precise, by all kinds of light, not just the sun energy, as the watch name suggests. The battery can be quickly recharged (usually, one minute of sunlight provides energy for one hour of work and after three hours, the timepiece is fully charged). Thanks to this technology, a wearer never has to change the battery, which contributes to a healthier environment.
When it is fully charged, the Seiko Solar usually works six months without any light (or amazing 12 months, which is the case with some models). Therefore, it is even suitable for polar nights, without electricity. If you manage to leave it without any power, this watch will start beating after just 8 minutes on sunlight.
Simplicity of Classic Elegance
We are presenting several models under the “SNE” range (SNE 032, SNE 039, SNE 049 and SNE 057). They come with a classic elegant design that associates on the simplicity and clearness of the Grand Seiko Collection (also read our reviews of Citizen Eco-Dive watches).
Each model has a mid-sized case, made of stainless steel, with the diameter of 36 mm. Besides, these Seiko watches come with clear and highly legible dials that do not leave any clue that they are semi-transparent (except the word “solar” on them). Protected with Hardlex mineral crystals, the dials feature only hour and minute markers and day/date windows at the 3 o’clock positions.
The Seiko Solar SNE 032 features a white dial, with black and gold-tone hands and markers, a steel case with a gold-tone bezel and a two-tone bracelet that incorporates a fold-over clasp with a push-button release. It is powered by the Caliber V158 solar quartz battery. Simple and elegant, this model is perfect for everyday wear.
A model with the reference number SNE 039 houses the Caliber V158 and comes with a casual black dial with silver-tone hands and markers, a round case and a three-row bracelet, both crafted in stainless steel. The one with a blue dial and silver-tone hands and markers (SNE 049) is the most catchy timepiece in the collection. It is available with a black leather strap, with a tang buckle.
Finally, the SNE 057 combines a blue dial with a stainless steel case and an expandable bracelet that incorporates a sizing-clasp system, for adjusting the length. You can buy one of these classic models or some other variation with similar performances, spending from $100 to $200.