The best solar watches don’t just offer freedom from dead batteries—they’re also some of the slickest (and most wallet-friendly) timepieces on the market. Though solar watches were first introduced in the ‘70s as an upgraded version of the era’s cutting-edge digital timepieces, the idea of powering a watch entirely using ambient light hasn’t lost a shred of appeal in the last five decades; quite the contrary, in fact. As watch brands scramble to make their products more eco-friendly, cutting dependency on disposable batteries has led to a bumper crop of stylish solar timepieces, from burly G-Shocks to dressy Seikos to classic divers.
The shift to solar isn’t just happening at the entry-level, either. Cartier dropped a solar version of its iconic Tank in 2020, and this year TAG Heuer introduced its first-ever solar-powered dive watch, the Aquaracer Solargraph. But with long waiting lists for the Cartier, and the TAG only expected to hit stores later this year, there are still plenty of other stylish ways to hop aboard the solar train. Keep scrolling to see every model we’re feeling at the moment—the absolute best solar watches on the market right now—and then bask in the satisfaction of never having to buy another watch battery again.
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