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Summer-Shine Your Seiko Solar Watch Battery with 6 Tips

March 28, 2023 6 min read 3 Comments

Seiko SNJ029, SNJ027P1 Digital Tuna Solar X LOWERCASE  paired with Strapcode 22mm Velcro Fastener watch bands

With summer on the horizon, and it's time to start thinking about your wrist game. A Seiko Solar watch is a great choice for those who are more environmentally conscious, as they are powered by solar energy. This makes it a particularly smart option for the summer, when there's plenty of sunlight to power it. However, to ensure that your watch lasts for many summers to come, proper care of the solar battery is necessary. Regular exposure to sunlight and avoiding extreme temperatures are simple steps you can take to maintain your watch.

In this article, we'll guide you through all the doubts you may have about the Seiko Solar battery. We'll guide you through all the doubts you may have about the Seiko Solar battery, as well as how to pair your Seiko Solar watch with the perfect watch band in this sunny season. Get ready to upgrade your summer accessory game!

Seiko Solar SNJ029 Quick Release Italian Suede watch bands by Strapcode

The Solar Seiko SNJ029 comes paired with two Quick Release Italian Suede Leather Watch Straps; Click to see the watch band on the LEFT and on the RIGHT

The Seiko SNJ029 Prospex Street Series 'Urban Safari Arnie' Divers Watch boasts a key features is its removable steel shroud, which serves to safeguard the bezel. This handy little tool can be especially useful for outdoor adventures and exploring new territories. Additionally, we have just paired the watch with Quick Release Italian Suede Leather Watch Straps, which offer both comfort and style. These straps can be easily swapped out, allowing you to customize your watch to fit your personal style.

Seiko Solar SNE493P1 and SSC673P1 Mesh watch bands by Strapcode

The Seiko Solar SNE493P1 watch features a Superfine Wire Mesh Band in PVD Black for a sophisticated touch, while the SSC673P1 watch comes with a PVD Black "SHARK" Mesh Band for a tough, sporty look.

The Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition Solar SNE493P1 and the Solar Chronograph SSC673P1 are two exceptional watches with a unique feature: both are solar-powered.

Seiko Solar watches paired with Military Green and Grey Chaffle FKM Rubber watch straps by Strapcode

Military Green and Grey Chaffle FKM Rubber watch straps.

The Seiko Prospex Solar Diver 200M SNE437P1 watch boasts a Military Green Chaffle FKM Rubber watch strap, while the Seiko Prospex Solar Diver 200M SNE435P1 PADI watch features a Grey Chaffle FKM Rubber watch strap. These straps not only add to the watches' stylish designs but also provide comfort and durability for outdoor activities.

Seiko Solar SSC015P1 Chronograph and stainless steel Watch Bands by Strapcode

The Seiko SSC015P1 Chronograph Solar Power watch, paired with the Super-O Boyer stainless steel Watch Band, exudes a powerful and commanding presence on the wrist.

The Seiko SSC015P1 Chronograph Solar Power watch is a versatile timepiece that can be worn for any occasion. It pairs with a unique Super-O Boyer stainless steel Watch Band with a fitted endlink, which adds to its classic and timeless design, making it a stylish accessory for any outfit.


Seiko Solar Battery FAQ

Solar-powered watches are a convenient and sustainable watch style that utilizes kinetic energy and power reserve from sunlight or other sources of light. However, many watch enthusiasts often have multiple watches and may store them without access to sunlight, resulting in repeated battery aging and even complete depletion of power, rendering the battery unable to recharge. Therefore, it is important to regularly charge the watch, even if it is not worn frequently, when it is exposed to sunlight to maintain optimal battery performance. To make sure your Seiko Solar watch lasts as long as possible, it's important to know more about its battery. Here are some frequently asked questions about Seiko Solar batteries and their answers.

  1. How long does the Seiko Solar battery last?
    The Seiko Solar battery can last up to 10 years, depending on the model and usage. It is designed to be long-lasting and reliable, so you don't have to worry about replacing it often.
  2. How does the Seiko Solar battery work?
    The Seiko Solar battery uses solar cells to convert sunlight or artificial light into electrical energy. This energy is stored in a rechargeable battery, which powers the watch's movement. The battery can be recharged by exposing the watch to light.
  3. Can the Seiko Solar battery be replaced?
    Yes, the Seiko Solar battery can be replaced when it reaches the end of its lifespan. Seiko recommends that the battery be replaced by an authorized dealer or service center to ensure proper installation and performance.
  4. How do I know when the Seiko Solar battery needs to be replaced?
    Seiko Solar watches have a low battery indicator that alerts you when the battery is running low. The indicator will typically appear as a second hand that moves in two-second intervals instead of one-second intervals. If you notice this, it's time to have the battery replaced.
  5. Can the Seiko Solar battery be overcharged?
    No, the Seiko Solar battery cannot be overcharged, as it has a built-in protection feature that prevents overcharging. However, it's still important to avoid exposing the watch to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight for extended periods, as this can damage the solar cells. When recharging the watch, it is important to avoid leaving it on the dashboard of a car or in other areas where the temperature can rise to extremely high levels, as this may damage watch parts or cause malfunctions. Additionally, prolonged exposure to sunlight may damage or discolor leather and urethane bands. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid leaving the watch exposed to sunlight except for periodic recharging.
  6. Why can a dead watch battery cause damage to the watch?
    If a watch battery is dead or has run out of power, leaving it in the watch for a long time may cause the battery to leak or corrode. This will damage the watch's internal components and cause it to stop functioning properly. In some cases, the leaking battery acid can also damage the watch's casing or other external parts.
    It's important to replace a dead watch battery as soon as possible to prevent any potential damage to the watch. Most watches have a small battery compartment on the back that can be easily opened to replace the battery. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, it's best to take your watch to a professional jeweler or watch repair shop to have the battery replaced.
Seiko Solar Chronograph Speedtimer SSC817 stainless steel Watch Bands by Strapcode

The Rollball Version II Watch Band adds a touch of sporty to the already impressive Seiko Solar Chronograph Speedtimer SSC817.

The custom Rollball version II Watch Band, made specifically for the Seiko Speedtimer Panda chronograph SSC817 Gold Dial Seitona, is a fun and unique accessory that features holes in a rally racing theme. This watch band not only adds personality to the timepiece but also provides a comfortable and secure fit.

The two custom-fitted watch bands designed for Seiko Solar Speedmaster Chronograph SSC819 and SSC813 by Strapcode

The two custom-fitted watch bands designed for Seiko Solar Speedmaster Chronograph SSC819 and SSC813 look like they were born to be admired.

The Seiko Speedtimer Panda chronograph SSC813 White Seitona is a remarkable timepiece that looks even better paired with a custom fitted Super-O Boyer Watch Band designed specifically for the Seiko Speedtimer. Similarly, the SEIKO Prospex Speedtimer Solar Chronograph Black Dial SSC819 is elevated with a Super-JUB II Watch Band. These custom fitted watch bands are made of high-quality materials, ensuring durability and comfort for everyday wear.

White FKM rubber watch strap for Seiko Solar watch by Strapcode

The Quick Release Tropical-Style Pro FKM rubber watch strap features a super-fast quick release system, and its white color is perfect for summer style upgrades.

The Quick Release White Tropical-Style Pro FKM rubber watch strap complements the classic design of the Seiko Prospex Solar Chronograph SSC807, 140th Anniversary Limited Edition, while also providing a comfortable and durable fit.

Seiko Solar Tuna watches with the G10 Military Waffle ZULU Watch Straps in military green black and grey colors by Strapcode

Add a touch of military-inspired style to your Seiko Solar Tuna watches with the G10 Military Waffle ZULU Watch Strap in military green, black, and grey colors.

Seiko has several models in their Solar Tuna series, including the Seiko Prospex 200M Solar Divers Tuna SNE497P1, SNE498P1, and PADI SNE499P1. These watches are ruggedly built to withstand harsh conditions and are a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Each of these models is paired with a 22mm G10 Military Waffle ZULU Watch Strap, available in black, grey, and military green colors, adding to their stylish and functional design.


The Conclusion

The Seiko Solar battery is a reliable and long-lasting power source for your watch. It can be replaced when necessary, and it's important to keep an eye on the low battery indicator to ensure proper performance. With proper care, your Seiko Solar watch and battery will last for many years to come. To prevent the death of solar watches, it's essential not to leave them in a dark drawer and forget about them. Neglecting them in this way can lead to their demise, which is a sad fate for a timepiece that deserves to be worn and appreciated.


Written by Vienna C., images by Toni


3 Responses

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

January 31, 2024

I have a Seiko solar watch that i purchased from Pascoes in Dunedin in 2016. The batteriy lasted for approx 7 years..

I do have proof of purchase.
Is this acceptable?
Compared to Tim Parkers watch it is not.

Tim Parker
Tim Parker

December 29, 2023

3D 4777 solar Had battery since new. Over 20 years?


December 04, 2023

Once Seiko have the date in a horizontal bubble like they do the new mechanical chronographs it will be a perfect watch.

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