Sep 3, 20175120 views
Here's a watch that sits in my collection patiently, quietly waiting for the call. Today's wrist check is my Seiko SNE093.

This watch was released by Seiko some time between 2009 and 2011 selling for a MSRP of $225.00 - I picked it up used for a cool $20 several years ago. I bought this watch not really knowing how cool solar powered watches are. Just beneath the sweet black satin dial is a solar cell that collects light to charge the internal battery. When fully charged this watch will run for many months without needing another charge. I normally charge it once every 2-3 months by setting it near windows in my house offering direct sunlight throughout the day. By the end of the day it gets about 7-8 hours of charge time which is enough to keep it running with no power issues. I find the watch to be very accurate, in fact I don't think it's ever lost a single second of time in between uses.

As always, I swapped the stainless steel bracelet for a custom leather strap which plays well against the polished stainless steel case and satin black dial. The bezel and stainless steel case back has a few light scratches but overall the watch shows well.



Movement: Seiko cal. v158 Solar Powered Japanese Quartz
Complications: Day & Date
Case: 40mm Polished Stainless Steel
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Hardlex
Band: 20mm
WR: 200-meters
Power Reserves: 10-months w/full charge
Vincent.H, kpjimmy, and 8 others

Sweet watch, especially for $20. I know what you mean about solar watches. I have a Citizen EcoDrive Skyhawk AT. Not only does the solar work as you described, but it syncs daily with an atomic clock. I've had it for about 6 months and it's accurate to the millisecond, as compared to the clock the the Watchville app. And no changing the date when there are fewer than 31 days in a month.
Solar is the only way I would ever go quartz again, but at this point I'm strictly mechanical. I have all the quartz I need in my collection.
I have a co-worker that uses an atomic watch, it has insane accuracy. I've always wanted one and may one day move it to my short-list of watches I'm on the lookout for.
I'm considering buying a solar watch charging station for days here in the SF Bay Area when there's simply no sun - they sell on Amazon for about $30. I know that most solar watches can charge using different type of light sources but there is a cool-factor that's applied when you've got a solar charger to give your watch that extra bump up in reserve power.
I also use the Watchville app, its a quick and easy way to set my watches.