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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Helios Watch Shuns Batteries and Winding, Gets Perpetual Power From the Sun

Batteries die. Winding is a pain. But as far as the guys with telescopes tell us, the sun is going to be around for a while. A long, long while. That’s why, when it comes to keeping time, we’ve been turning to the sun for centuries. So don’t stop now…

The Helios watch from Stauer is a “21st-century sundial” that makes batteries and winding obsolete. Its entire face is made of a high-tech photovoltaic cell that converts light into electricity. That juice is then used to charge a super capacitor that drives the movement of the watch. It’ll run 36 hours on a full charge (should you encounter a day and a half of darkness), and if it’s exposed to any light, including artificial, it’ll just keep on going.

Even though the Helios is a “green” energy watch, it’s got a a solid amount of heft to it, and is made in a classic, rugged design with a stainless steel case and bolted down bezel protected by a Cotswold Crystal. And because it’s water-resistant to 10 atmospheres, you can take it anywhere.

When you’re in low light, the luminescent hands and numbers are incredibly easy to read. But with free energy to keep it telling time almost indefinitely, and a classic, stylish look, you’ll want to keep the Helios in the light of day.

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