I bought a brand new Citizen Eco-Drive watch last week (Solar power watches). The price was around 200$ (with the added extra three year warranty). I was told by the sales person, all you need to do is charge this watch for 24 to 48 hours and it would retain the power for at least 6 months (if the watch was not exposed to light again),
I charged it for two days (left the watch by window)…I then tried it on and it worked for about 2 hours and then completely stop. After two attempts of charging it, I went back to the store (People) and ask what was wrong. I was told I did not charge it long enough. I said OK…so I went back home after this extra trip to the store and I did not wear the watch for a whole week and focus on charging the watch, by the window during days and below a lamp during the nights and, after a week of this charging…. still no success.
I went back Friday evening and got to store a little too late (8:59 PM) and was told to come next day because they were closing and didn’t have time to look at it.
Saturday I went back to store and told the sales clerk I wanted a full refund and I was going somewhere else. I received my full refund. The store acknowledged there was issue with watch. I am now shopping again for a watch.
My experience with Citizen Eco-Drive watches wasn’t good and I will be avoiding them and I won’t be recommending them to anyone.
The final thing I will share is that my friend Andrew told me he had purchased one of those watch 4 years ago and paid around 300$ for it. Andrew had no problem with his watch until year 4. On year 4, the watch stopped retaining the charge. He told me that the store would not replace the batteries.
Basically, once the Eco-drive battery dies it’s non-replaceable and you have to throw your watch away and it becomes garbage…..how convenient, so much for trying to be Eco Friendly.