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CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE, thoughts?

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Hybrid88 wrote: ECO-Drive and others such as Seiko Kinetic all work fine. The whole point is not to replace the crystal or battery ever.

Agree. Citizen and Seiko have been making these self powered watches WAY before anybody thought about marketing eco friendly products.

The reason you WANT a Citizen is not because it's more environmentally friendly....even though it is. But because you never have to have the hassle of changing batteries. It's nice to know that your watch won't stop on you at some random moment.
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I got my Eco-Drive watch about two years ago and I love it, best watch I have ever owned. The crystal is amazingly strong compared to some other watches I have had. It's a titanium divers watch and is really light, some scratches on it from regular use (Although I thought titanium was supposed to be an extremely hard substance according to Moh's scale, but perhaps they don't use 100% pure titanium. I wear it daily and love it, I'll be buying another one soon!

As for the whole Eco-Drive part, I don't think they are marketing it as "green", because a watch isn't really a polluter of our environment for obvious reasons (unless someone has a gas powered wrist watch....).

But I think by Eco-Drive is meant that it is driven by the sun or any light source (which it is since it uses a solar panel to charge the batery).

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Desolatax wrote: As for the whole Eco-Drive part, I don't think they are marketing it as "green", because a watch isn't really a polluter of our environment for obvious reasons (unless someone has a gas powered wrist watch....).

But I think by Eco-Drive is meant that it is driven by the sun or any light source (which it is since it uses a solar panel to charge the batery).

No, eco-drive isn't the most "green" way to go. After-all, they do have batteries.

If you really want to go green, get an automatic (self-winding mechanical watch). Maybe Rolex should market themselves as the "green" watch company :)
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hightech wrote: If you want accuracy, stick with a Quartz powered watch.
Are you implying that Citizens are not quartz?

Citizen Eco Drive *are* quartz watches. They are no different than other quartz watches except the battery is recharged by light
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bythehour wrote: No, eco-drive isn't the most "green" way to go. After-all, they do have batteries.

If you really want to go green, get an automatic (self-winding mechanical watch). Maybe Rolex should market themselves as the "green" watch company :)

Funny you should mention that. I just added a Swatch Automatic to my Citizen Eco-Drive. Unfortunately having more than one watch is definitely NOT green. I bought it because I've always wanted a 'skeleton' watch, and I can actually afford the Swatch. It is not as accurate as the Eco-Drive. It runs rather fast, 1-2 minutes / week. It can be adjusted by a service center, so I may have to do that. Still, it is kinda fun to have a battery-free watch, especially one that has visible internal works. The flywheel always fascinates people when I show it to them.
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warpdrive wrote: Are you implying that Citizens are not quartz?

Citizen Eco Drive *are* quartz watches. They are no different than other quartz watches except the battery is recharged by light
Sorry, I guess I should clarify. I was referring to the comments about Automatic watches and lack of accuracy. Quartz watches generally are more accurate and less maintenance then automatic watches.

One thing I was told by friends, is that when the battery on the Eco Drive goes, it is not cheap to fix. A regular quartz watch is more cost effective.
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Had one for three years - has worked fine. But now the strap is broken and I am having one hell of a time to find a replacement. Model is 270767. Any help would be welcome.
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I bought one used through RFD and had to have it's rechargeable battery replaced during the warranty period and they did it without any problems. Very stylish watch. Check out the hot deals section for a costco coupon mention of $65 off (for executive members).
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AzN_RiverdaleCI wrote: Hi, I recently have been in the market for watches and I wanna go green. So what is RFD's thoughts and opinions on Citizen's Eco-Drive watches?

Link here

Do they really last forever? if so i'd get one.
In my opinion, Citizen's Eco-Drive watches are the quality choice. Citizen Watches are popular for their reliability and durability.
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I bought Eco-Drive at Costco for just around $100 on sale. It does not have a lot of features, but I bought it because it was a very nice looking watch by a reputable manufacturer with a very small price tag (some of the other watches I looked at started at $300). For environment I think it's all BS as you still have a battery and nothing really changes except less frequent battery replacements. That being said I do like the idea of a watch utilizing solar power just from a "cool gadget" perspective.
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I got my Seiko Kinetic in mid 2001 as an engagement gift. It's been a wonderful thing not to ever worry about changing batteries.
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Got my Citizen Titanium EcoDrive from Ebay ( brand new ) from Singapore about 7 years ago as a gift for my dad by he never wears it. Was sitting in a drawer for a few years. Gave it some sunlight, and came back to life. Definitely would recommend. I Love the Titanium finish
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bmw_xperience wrote: http://www.citizenwatch.com/COA/English ... JY0005-50E

got this for Christmas, it is a really good watch with newer tech than other watches ie. Radio controlled, it can sync time so u don't have to adjust it yourself.
I've got the stainless steel version. I absolutely love it! Coolest thing is that it's radio controlled, like you said: receives a tower signal every morning and syncs up perfectly - never a need to adjust the time, or change a battery!

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Barayolayosa wrote: I've got the stainless steel version. I absolutely love it! Coolest thing is that it's radio controlled, like you said: receives a tower signal every morning and syncs up perfectly - never a need to adjust the time, or change a battery!

[IMG]http://www.gemday.com/pic2/jy0000-53e_feature.jpg[/IMG]
Hold up, battery will need to be replaced in a few years. ;)

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