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I'm sure this has been kicked around a lot, but I just recently realized my strong preference for solar quartz above all else.

So my question is, which do you prefer, and why?

Or perhaps you just don't care for quartz at all? :p
 

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For simple watches like 3-hands model I think I couldn't go wrong with standard non-rechargeable battery (preferably lithium CR2016 or CR2025).

Now for complicated feature packed ABC/dive watches maybe a rechargeable battery is preferable, though I have yet to have any experience with them. I often read that it seems many owners became over conscious with solars, especially those equipped with power charge indicator.
 

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Solar is the only way to go. Leave it in a convenient place and all of the charging is done for you! Nothing to it at all. Especially if you have a collection that you rotate through, kinetics are a pain because you have to always be on top of the charge which means swinging (unless you have an expensive charger). With solar, no battery changes, no swinging, nothing but light and you are all set!
 

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Solar for me without a doubt. The second option would be Kinetic, but if you have many watches it will become troublesome to keep them all charged up when you're not wearing them frequently. If it's a quartz watch I try to avoid non-rechargeable batteries as much as possible - currently I have only 3 that are not rechargeable, being two of them from before we had Tough Solar, Eco-Drive and Kinetic technologies.
 

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Pros and Cons

If you don't wear your watch a lot, Solar is easier to keep charged. However, depending on your daily attire, if you do wear a watch frequently, solar can be tough to keep charged. Guy in my office has an eco drive. He wears long sleeve shirts everyday at work and has frequently had charging problems with his watch. If you wear the watch everyday, no question, Kinetic will stay charged as well or better than eco.

I've said it a million times, my main gripe with solar is that fact that because you need the solar panel on the dial, your dial design is compromised from the start. You can do so much more with a watch dial if it doesn't have to be solar.
 

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After reading a lot about replaced capacitors/rechargeable batteries, I tend to prefer normal batteries again. I also see the movement height as a minus of the Kinetics. But I have one Kinetic (needs a new capacitor), some solars and some thermos. A minus of the normal batteries is that they can be sucked fast, if it's a digital watch with backlight, therefor I prefer solar on my G-shocks.

Cheers,

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I have all three types and my current best rotation watch is a quartz 10 year battery, Seiko Landtrek, ti, GMT and perpetual with a HEQ 8F56 movement.

My only in-rotation Kinetic is the newer 4-6month capacitor Alba Aqua Gear, but I do shake it everyday while watching TV for about 10minutes. It has never shown the 2 seconds tickover warning sign.

My grab 'n go regular battery quartz watches are the Seiko 7548, Casio AMW, and Seiko SUS perpetual.

The only solar is the older Protrek 80Y ti, which is retired but sits on the desk by the lamp and is always charged full.
 

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Standard non-rechargeable battery for sure. I have no problems with changing batteries.

Solar is a close second with kinetic being a non starter; it's a technology that brings nothing to the table and has long since been surpassed by regular battery technology and even solar technology.
 

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Solar is definitely the best way to go for a daily wearer. That said, for someone like me, I find that I have a few too many watches to have any one of them be considered a daily wearer. That plus my 2 year old loves daddy's watches, so they have to be permanently stored in locked cases out of her reach. As a result anything solar would spend too long away from light to get charged properly. For me, traditional replaceable batteries is the way to go - preferably long lived ones.
 

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UpstandingCitizen said:
I'm sure this has been kicked around a lot, but I just recently realized my strong preference for solar quartz above all else.

So my question is, which do you prefer, and why?

Or perhaps you just don't care for quartz at all? :p
Isn't Spring Drive missing from the list of quartz watches? :)

Battery powered is definitely the way to go for me. Batteries are cheap, easy to replace and provide a power reserve that ranges from 3 to 10 years.
 

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Standard non-rechargeable battery for sure. I have no problems with changing batteries.

Solar is a close second with kinetic being a non starter; it's a technology that brings nothing to the table and has long since been surpassed by regular battery technology and even solar technology.
I'll go with that, only have one kinetic there a pain I have three solar models also a pain as they are not worn daily, OK if you have one and wear it every day, can't see the point in having a big collection of solar models all out on display gathering light on your window sill and a perfect invite if any low life was to break in, so a standard battery will do me fine the longer between changes the better.

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Another vote for Solar from me.

Had a collection of kinetics which is now down to 2 and they are a lot of bother if you have many watches to rotate.

Ecodrive and Mission Antarctica in particular absolutely no problem whatsoever :)
 

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My take is solar is the best for me. I have both solar and kinetic, and my collection is at that point where I have to make an effort to keep the kinetics properly charged. If I had more kinetics, I'd probably have to bite the bullet and buy a charger. :(
 

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With solar, no battery changes, no swinging, nothing but light and you are all set!
Solars will still need to have the battery replaced. Citizen claims it is something like 20 or so years, but I have seen numerous reports with about 8-10 years time.
My wife's eco-drive battery died after only 3 years.

So, I am all for plain quartz.
 

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Solar for sure My oldest Eco is more than 10 yeatrs old now and still keeps amazing time.
Kinetic at second position (yes I've got the charger ;) )

And I've got 2 with batteries. One is on the way back with a problem so it seems its not running anymore might need a donor 8F35 (anyone?) and the other got a dead battery.

My best pick up and go will always be solar until they invent the atomic powered. that would be cool!
 

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petew said:
I've said it a million times, my main gripe with solar is that fact that because you need the solar panel on the dial, your dial design is compromised from the start. You can do so much more with a watch dial if it doesn't have to be solar.
I think that was true in the past, but it seems to me that today things are different. I can't see any compromises on my Carbon AT. Same with the Skyhawk, there doesn't seem to be anything on those dials that would have been different if they were not EcoDrive



 

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There is still an odd transluscent like look to the dial on the latest Skyhawks I've seen. It looks unnatural to me. Sure the dials have gotten better, but I have yet to pick up an eco drive that I couldn't identify the solar look to the dial in a few seconds.

Look at the dials below. You can't do stuff like this with an eco drive dial. Until you can, you have to say that there are compromises involved with eco drive dial design......

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