Centric Instruments Lightwell

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Centric Instruments Lightwell

Post by koimaster » August 16th 2019, 8:50am

Why are there so few solar microbrand watches? I’m sure some of the relative scarcity can be chalked up to the anti-quartz bias in our hobby, but there is no shortage of conventional battery-driven quartz models out there, and I know many a hardened mechanical watch Luddite who has nonetheless succumbed to the charms of a Citizen Eco-Drive. I puzzled this mystery as I tested the Centric Instruments Lightwell Chronograph, a Seiko-powered solar field watch now up on Kickstarter.

There is a lot to be said for solar watches. Most obviously, they are rechargeable and their batteries last far longer than those in a conventional quartz movement. And just in case there is any confusion about how solar power works, I can assure you that your solar watch won’t stop every time the sun sets. A full charge will keep it running for six months so it won’t miss a beat even if you wear it exclusively outdoors through an arctic winter. The chronograph uses a Seiko VS75 with a 4:30 date, and 24-hour, 60-minute, and small seconds subdials. I tend to prefer my quartz watches with small seconds so that the jumping tick is less obvious. The VS75 chronograph has the added benefit of 1/5th-second sweep hand, which makes its electric operation less apparent.

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