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    Has anyone ever had a solar watch die?

    I've seen an expected lifetime of 10 years?

    What's the options if it does pack in?

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    No, but none of ours is that old yet...
    Last edited by OrangeSport; Jan 11, 2015 at 01:53 PM.

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    Oh so they last and last?

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    None of mine have packed it in yet. Eco-Drives have been around since the late 90's and on WUS I read some reports of some of the earlier models failing. Invariably it was the rechargeable cell that lost the capacity to hold a charge. They are not expensive to replace. Keep them at or near full charge and I'd expect closer to 20 years.

    http://www.citizenwatch-global.com/faq/faq.htm
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    I put my Eco-drive in a drawer for a while ( doh!). I followed the AD's advice and gave it lots of light 24/7 - on a windowsill during the day and in a lighted room at night. I think it took about a week to bring it back to life and it has been fine ever since.

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    Are you saying the cell itself can be replaced, Glenn? I just bought two Citizens in the last two weeks and am woefully ignorant of the capabilities and limitations of the solar charge technology.

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    Yes Jeannie, the cells are replaceable and the process is not much different to a regular battery. Ofrei sells them for $17.95:

    http://www.ofrei.com/page954.html

    He calls them capacitors, which I'm not sure is the correct term. Anyhow there are few limitations. Not allowing them to fully drain will ensure you get maximum life out of the cells.
    Last edited by GlennO; Jan 11, 2015 at 02:04 PM.

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    I used to have Eco-drive for about 10 years, then I sold it. No problems whatsoever.

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    I've lived in the "Dark" most of my life...
    Therefore I feel the technology will not meet my requirements....
    I'll stick with the old, tried and proven, mechanical.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Big Feather View Post
    I've lived in the "Dark" most of my life...
    Therefore I feel the technology will not meet my requirements....
    I'll stick with the old, tried and proven, mechanical.....
    I find mechanical watches far more interesting than any quartz, so my three Rolexes will always be my first loves, but I enjoy a variety of watches and not all are available in mechanical so I've had to compromise some. While I don't find quartzes as fascinating, I do appreciate their convenience.

    The best of both worlds, I suppose.

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