Was: "Black metal surfaces"
Citizen watches already has something >like that. But it's the face
which is black (and or White) and it's a solar cell. Any light
hitting the watch powers it.
I kind of specialize in putting nice watches on silver cuffs, and
these Citizen Eco-Drive watches have become my new favorites. You
would never know that an amazing light-sensitive cell lurks behind
the varied faces. And the number of different styles is almost
I can mount these on a cuff and never have to worry about someone
else down the line having to take the watch off to change the
batteries (Ouch! Sorry to all of you out there who make a pretty
penny doing it, but this sure feels like the wave of the future). It
becomes (probably) a permanent mounting. Better and cheaper for my
customers! Easier for me!
You could keep one of these babies in a drawer for 6 months and it
would still be keeping time when you took it out. With that kind of
power reserve, this format makes the battery/quartz model seem
Would I like it better if this were a Swiss brand (at the same
price, of course!)? Absolutely. Is "Citizen" the most alluring brand
name? Probably not. I wonder why another maker hasn't developed a
similar range with equivalent technology?
One kicker is that, as of Dec. 1, Citizen is apparently no longer
allowing it's internet dealers to discount more than 25%. There will
probably be some way around this; but, just in case, I just ordered a
bunch. I've been dealing with www.bluedial.com, who have an addictive
and extensive selection of everything, and they seem to be straight