[quote=“Ducked”]I’m about ready to give up on my Seiko self-winding mechanical watches. I got two (because I thought I’d lost one, replaced it and then found it again) and while initially pleased with them, they both keep poor time and have required frequent and expensive repair.
My 39NT Daiso digital backup watch is OK but the battery is likely to conk out at an inconvenient moment, so I thought a solar-powered replacement might be an optimal replacement. For example, Casio do a digital at around 1000NT, analogues with sweep hands run a bit more, but I havn’t really surveyed the market. Seiko probably do them too but I’m pretty negative about them now.
Anyone got any experience/recommendations of/for solar-powered watches?[/quote]
Now that I have ridden out my inappropriate weeks ban, for accusing someones mother of self fornication with various objects, I can once again offer my sterling advice and wisdon.
Casio make a range of solar powered watches called “Tough Solar” throughout their range. Citizen as well, called “Eco Drive”.
They are quartz, so the timekeeping is good.
Seiko do not.
But, if you want something decent, NT 1 000, is not going to cut it.
I own various models of both as well as high end Seiko automatics. Automatics in general do not keep good time. Losing or gaining a minute or two a day is the norm, but the more expensive ones with better movements are more accurate.
There are plenty on the Taiwanese Yahoo auction site.
If you go to a shop they will always knock 40% or so off list. So do not think “too expensive” until you asked them the cost.
Just got a watch marked NT 25K for 15K at a local shop. Why they mark it 25K in the first place is a matter for further debate.