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Solar Watches: The Sustainable Future of Watches

The watchmaking industry has witnessed several innovations over the last two centuries. From integrating a perpetual calendar to improving water resistance capabilities, watches have become more durable and reliable today. Another modern innovation that is changing the dynamics of watches today is the solar function. Solar watches are becoming incredibly popular and are growing in demand. In this article, we explore more about solar watches and learn some important details about them.

Table of Content

1) What are solar watches?2) Features of a solar watch
3) Luxury watches with solar function4) Solar watches: Timepieces of the future

What are solar watches?

Watches powered by the solar rays are referred to as solar watches. There are multiple different types of solar watches available today. One of the most common forms of a solar watch is one that features like the light receptors on the dial. As you read further, you will learn more about the basic features and functionality of solar watches.

Tissot T Touch Expert Solar watch

Features of a solar watch

To help you understand the characteristics of a solar watch we have provided you with an elaborated explanation of its features mentioned below:

  • Solar panel
  • Power reserve indicator
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Timekeeping accuracy
  • Durability
  • Eco-friendly

Solar panel

Every solar watch comes with a solar panel. The panel is an integral component of the watch that is responsible for capturing the sunlight. This light is then converted into electrical energy which enables the power delivery to the watch. The solar panel in a watch is usually located on the face/dial of the watch and in some cases on the bezel.

Seiko Astron watch

Power reserve indicator

Most solar watches feature a power reserve indicator, which helps indicate the amount of charge left in the battery. This feature is especially helpful for those who wear their watch regularly and to ensure full charge in their batteries.

Rechargeable battery

The electrical energy generated by a solar watch is stored in what’s known as a rechargeable battery. This battery is what powers the functionality of the watch.

Most solar watch batteries last for several months or even years on a single charge. The lifespan of solar watch batteries will depend on the watch’s features and frequency of usage.

Timekeeping accuracy

One of the things that solar watches are known for is their high accuracy. When it comes to timekeeping, solar watches are known to showcase incredible accuracy, which adds to their popularity and demand.

Many solar watches use radio-controlled time synchronization feature, which enables the watch to always maintain accuracy to the second.

Omega Speedmaster AquaTerra


Another important feature that defines a good solar watch is its durability. Solar watches are designed to be water and dust resistant, and to also protect it from other environmental hazards. This is what makes solar watches ideal for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and even swimming.


Lastly, another important feature of solar watches is that they are very eco-friendly. Solar watches are able to achieve the title of being eco-friendly watches since they do not require a disposable battery.

Disposable batteries contribute to environmental pollution. Therefore, by using solar power, these watches help reduce the carbon emissions and also promote sustainability.

Luxury watches with solar function

Now that you have learned about solar watches, here’s a list of some of the luxury watch brands that offer solar watches in their collection.

  • Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
  • Seiko Astron
  • Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega is a famous Swiss watchmaker that offers the Seamaster Aqua Terra, a luxury timepiece with a solar-powered movement. Some of the basic details of the watch are that it includes a date display, a chronometer function, and a water resistance rating of up to 150 meters.

Seiko Astron

Seiko is a well-known Japanese watchmaker that offers the Astron solar watch. This is a high-end solar-powered timepiece that utilizes GPS technology to automatically adjust time and time zones. The Seiko Astron features a perpetual calendar with a world time function.

Solar Watches: Timepieces of the future

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar

Tissot is one of the only Swiss watchmakers that offers the T-Touch Expert Solar function. This is a sophisticated solar watch equipped with a touch-sensitive sapphire crystal screen.

The timepiece also includes a wide range of features, including a compass, altimeter, chronograph, and an alarm function.

Solar watches: Timepieces of the future

Solar is one of the technologies that will continue to grow in popularity, especially as more people become conscious about the environment. Watch enthusiasts are looking for sustainable alternatives to traditional watches like quartz or mechanical.

While solar watches offer multiple benefits, such as being eco-friendly, needing low-maintenance, and being cost-effective in the long run, they also have some limitations. For instance, solar watches may not work efficiently in areas with low light, this could immediately limit their usefulness, which is a great drawback.

Features of Solar watch

Having said that, technology continues to evolve and new innovations are being introduced every year. Therefore, it is exciting to see what the future holds for the world of watches.

Moreover, if you are not inclined towards the idea of buying solar or sustainable watches, you can certainly pick-up a luxury timepiece from us here in the UAE. We offer an extensive range of luxury watches by Rolex in Dubai. Therefore, browse through our watch collection to invest in your dream watch.

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