Solar powered watches have been around since the 1970s, but with quartz and mechanical watches dominating the market, they remain a rather niche subset. There's a lot to love about them, however. With the ability to charge from just about any everyday light source and run for months between charges, solar-powered watches don’t require battery replacements: cared for properly, they won't ever stop running, unless kept in complete darkness for months. Plus, they're better for the environment, as the needlessness to replace the battery means less contribution to landfill. With all of that in mind, it's about time you added a solar watch to your collection. Scroll on to discover three on our radar right now.

3 of the best solar powered watches to buy in 2021

Instrmnt Applied Design Field Watch

Glasgow-based design studio Instrmnt Applied Design has just introduced its first solar powered watch: the Field Watch, inspired by the utilitarian style of military watches from the early 20th century. Built around a unique, three-part 38mm steel casing, it boasts a clean, minimalist dial with the option of a leather, rubber or high-performance nylon strap. The Japanese-made movement is powered by a solar cell that's activated by both natural and artificial light. One sunny day can charge the battery for up to five months. 

Citizen Vintage Brycen Sport Watch

Citizen was the first to develop light-powered watches in 1976, with an innovative technology called Eco-Drive. That technology is showcased here, in the form of the redesigned Vintage Brycen Sport watch. Timeless and classic in style, it features a stainless steel case with pine green dial and bezel, stainless steel bracelet and date. Water-resistant and made to last, it's the perfect everyday watch that you'll reach for time and again.


This slim and sporty solar-powered watch from Casio's classic chronograph watch collection EDIFICE is designed for high performers. The multi-hand chronograph comes packed in a case that is only 9.9mm thick, ensuring the most comfortable fit possible. Plus, it boasts a countdown feature, making it ideal for keeping track of a large number of time-critical events.

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