As watch heads, many of us have a deep appreciation for interacting with the mechanical nature of a watch. There’s something about the satisfying click of winding a hand-wound watch and seeing it come to life that is just really enjoyable. And even just having the knowledge that your movement throughout the day is keeping the automatic watch on your wrist ticking can bring a deep satisfaction that’s only magnified by observing the caliber itself, doing its thing, behind a display caseback.
But sometimes, we just don’t have time for all that. We all have those days when you’re running late and don’t have those extra few minutes to wind and set your watch, and no matter how robust a mechanical movement might be, we might take part in activities where it’s not worth the risk of damaging a valuable mechanical watch. Quartz watches, of course, are a great option as a grab and go timepiece, and solar-powered quartz watches often offer even greater functionality, rarely if ever needing a battery change.
In this guide, we’ll take you through a handful of watches powered by the big yellow orb in the sky, and explain why it makes sense to have a solar-powered watch at the ready.
If you need something indestructible, you reach for a G-Shock. Perhaps the ultimate in grab and go convenience, there’s a place in any collection for a tough, unbreakable, quartz watch. The GMWB5000D-1 is part of G-Shock’s Tough Solar line, and features the iconic square design with a full metal case and bracelet. It’s rugged and will definitely hold up in the harshest conditions imaginable, but it’s also versatile enough to be worn day to day. That said, it can also be stuffed in a drawer and pulled out only when needed – the solar charge lasts for up to 22 months once full (10 months in a totally dark environment). The GMWB5000D-1 also features G-Shock’s Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping technology, so as long as it’s getting a time signal, there’s never a need to set the watch. Between automatic timekeeping updates and a power supply that essentially requires no intervention, the GMWB5000D-1 could well be the last watch standing.