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CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE, thoughts?

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  • May 23rd, 2011 11:17 pm
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Aug 29, 2006
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May be not in a "few" years but down the road since they are not designed to last forever yet.
Battery Life
The replacement life of these batteries is hard to determine because of the many factors involved. Most of our computations suggest that, in an ideal operating environment, a battery should need replacement somewhere between 15 and 28 years.
http://www.geocities.com/watch_crazy/ec ... odrive.htm
Barayolayosa wrote: No it won't.
The Devil made me buy it - RFD. :twisted:
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Dec 27, 2007
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Hate to break it to you kids, but the eco-drive is not a "never replace the battery" deal. Depending on use, the rechargeable battery will have to be replaced each 5 to 14 years.

And, it ain't cheap (~$125 to do my Promaster Tough)

If you read the Citizen literature carefully, you'll notice that they couch their claims. When they talk about never needing a battery, they mean a "conventional" silver oxide disposable battery.
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Jan 22, 2009
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have around 5 ecodrives, all gifts....luckily
i'm not planning using my own money buying ecodrive, after all i prefer my automatic
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I have the Skyhawk, or at least the "Costco version" of that model. Mine does not actually say "Skyhawk" on it, so I am guessing this is another situation where Costco is selling a slightly different model for a much reduced price.
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Aug 17, 2005
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I have a 6 year old titanium eco-drive. It does not last forever - I stopped wearing it about a year ago and let the battery run down. I can't get it started anymore :(

But who needs a watch when you carry a cell phone.
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Jan 13, 2004
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self windup watches are not greener...they're not much more than flashy novelty items that cost a lot of money because they still have batteries that will wear out...

i have a seiko kinetic and it uses a rechargeable li-ion battery...the battery lasted about 3 yrs before it took a dump...i'm currently on the second battery and it's starting to go again!
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turbo_slug wrote: self windup watches are not greener...they're not much more than flashy novelty items that cost a lot of money because they still have batteries that will wear out...
Depends what you mean by "self-winding". Automatic watches, such as mechanical self-winders, don't have batteries. Period. Then again, automatics tend to be high-end (Rolex, Cartier, Patek, VC, etc), so you could argue that they are less "Green" if you measure the total eco-footprint of the manufacturing process (precious metals, surgical grade steel, shipping, etc)

Also, automatics require servicing every so often. A Rolex maintenance service costs about $500. That ain't so green....
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Mar 11, 2003
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bythehour wrote: Perpetual calendars only deal with days of the month and leap years; not daylight savings time adjustments.
Yes, I know that. I'm a proud owner of a Citizen Eco-Drive with a perpetual calendar. My link was in response to Jucius Maximus' complaint that daylight savings time adjustments are annoying when they are actually very easy to do.
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Mar 30, 2011
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I had to admit I used to be big fan of citizen echo-drive watches. Had my first watches of this kind for 12 years. No problem, lovely. 18 months ago decided to get new one –of the same kind. This time it was bad experience. Suddenly it became to stop, showing wrong time. It continued for couple of weeks. It has 5 years of warranty, so I went to citizen for service. Here it starts. They say the watch is damaged and point me to some dent I can’t see. I don’t see any dent. I absolutely sure that the watch was under normal use. I didn’t throw it. Just normal day to day usage. Long story short – you have to pay them even if it is under warranty.
So if you think about purchasing it, be aware – this is not the watch for every day usage. Looks like they are very secretive, very easy to damage. Citizen is very picky in accepting the watch to repair. As for me it’s last time I approach this relatively expensive, unreliable watches.
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i've had my eco drive watch for over 5 years and its still running strong. really amazing watch.

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