Be Eco-friendly with Orient Light Powered Watches

March 26th, 2010 | 10 Comments

So you’ve started riding your bike to work, using canvas grocery bags and eating raw, grass-fed milk. Now what?


A light-powered watch, of course.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at solar power and Orient’s CVFAA002B:

What does light-powered mean?

Light, or solar, power is energy from the sun or other light sources. Sunlight hits the earth whether we want it to or not.

So why not take advantage?

The percentage of sunlight that reaches earth is very small, but it’s enough energy to provide for the power needs of all of us several thousand times over.

The only issue is finding ways to harness this energy efficiently.

solar energy

Here are some ways that work:
  • Solar panels: these are made from solar cells that turn sunlight into electricity (as seen on Orient light powered watches).
  • Solar water heaters: the sun heats up water through solar collectors (i.e. glass panels) placed on roofs.
  • Solar furnaces: reflective panels concentrate sunlight in a small area; this area creates extreme heat used to make electricity.

Light power is nothing new; Germany, for example, has been creating interesting solar innovations for years. Check out their latest solar powered yacht for some light-powered inspiration.

Okay, sounds cool, but what’s the point?

Benefits of solar energy

What makes solar power better than, say, a battery?

  • Natural. No fuel, waste or pollution.
  • Convenient. May be the only realistic, safe source of energy in remote areas.
  • Multi-purpose. Can power something small (e.g. a watch) or something big (e.g. a house).
  • Free. No need to produce it, light power is around us all the time.

Meanwhile, batteries pose a major threat to the environment. Though some manufacturers are trying to produce batteries with less mercury and other heavy metals, close to 80 percent of the mercury in landfills and groundwater is created by the billions of discarded batteries each year.


Instead of adding to this pollution, try using rechargeable batteries or rechargeable energy sources like solar.

Now that you know what’s good about light power, let’s get back to what this means for Orient Watches.

CVFAA002B watch features

The CVFAA0028 is one of Orient’s light-powered watches. These watches have a solar cell beneath the dial.

solar power orient

The cell absorbs light from many sources, not just the sun, so don’t stress about how you’re going to charge your watch if it’s not particularly sunny where you live.

One of the coolest parts about Orient’s light-powered watches is that a single 6-hour charge retains up to 4,000 hours, or 6 months, of use.

Check out these other features on the CVFAA002B:

  • Titanium case
  • 100m water resistance
  • Genuine leather band
  • Date and day calendar
  • 24-hr clock
  • $340 price tag

The CVFAA002B maintains a unique-to-Orient look that is both sporty and classic. It’s easy to read, and maintains the accuracy of a good quartz watch. These features help show the diversity and quality of Orient watches. The CVFAA00 collection is also available with a white or navy dial.

So forget batteries, and think of the environment by choosing something natural, renewable and green.

What do you think about Orient’s Light-Powered Watches? Comment below.

  1. 10 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Amélia Santos on Mar 26, 2010


  3. By FogOgg on Mar 27, 2010

    Can they charge off of fluorescent light too?

  4. By ORIENT Marlee on Mar 27, 2010

    Yes. The watches can be charged from any light source.

    Thanks for your question!

  5. By Frank on Mar 30, 2010

    I’ll give the edge here to Citizen Eco-Drive solar technology. They have several models with power reserves into the 9 months and some others can go to sleep for 4 and a half years without losing time/date.

  6. By chuck on Mar 30, 2010

    I had a Citizen solar watch that I found on a beach years ago. It was basic but cool. The charge didn’t last very long though and it eventually stopped working after a few years. Does the Orient have a rechargeable battery, and if so does it last “forever” ?

  7. By Hogrider1234 on Apr 4, 2010

    Have several Eco-drive light powered watches by Citizens…and once charged…have put them away in the dark…and opened several months later… still running…keeping perfect time…and the ones that work by radio waves reset themselves every day..very handy

    bought my wife a Seiko kinetic several years back…which charges by wrist movement..but working all day long at the office doesn’t move her wrist enough to keep these things charged…so..for her..I am staying away from Autos that need wrist movement…light-powered or just plain old battery powered is best

    more watch companies need to develop their own design of light powered watches…Orient is doing a smart thing getting into this field…

    Unfortunately…whether they use a capacitor or a battery…electronic components never last “forever”…

    its just like the battery in your car…
    eventually the electrons get tired ;)

    but if designed correctly…you should get at least 10 years of everyday use before the rest of the parts need a good then they will probably recommend that capacitor/battery be replaced..simply as a matter of convenience

    Orient…you have my vote on your light-powered watches…now lets see you run with it.

  8. By Alpaslan on May 24, 2010

    Hi everyone.. as a 5-months-old orient fan, I had quartz orients first, than found a gate and passed into the mechanical orient world, finally, as of the time I’m writing this message I am wearing a light-powered orient. The reason why I chose this watch is that I had water problems with my first 30 m water resist automatic orient. I strongly consider that a unique watch brand as orient must not produce watches having water resistivity less than 30 m. There was really a problem and I returned the watch. I made a long search to get another automatic orient. Long story, at this point I have a light-powered orient, CVF04001B.. I got it today, I feel I’m gonna love it..

  9. By Christopher Taylor on Jul 9, 2010

    we should always look for eco-friendly products out there to help the environment.;`:

  10. By Ashley Martinez on Jul 19, 2010

    we must concentrate more on eco-friendly materials and practices to help save the environment.;~`

  11. By Mark on Dec 10, 2013

    I bought an Orient watch a while ago and gave it as a gift to a close friend who live on the opposite side of Australia to me. She came to visit recently and only then found out that this watch has not kept charge since brand new.

    The watch is an Orient solar powered titanium ladies watch with the part number of SJ VG01-000-CA. So, from brand new, this watch can be charged in the sun for a whole day but only runs for about 3 hours before stopping. We tried leaving it to charge in sunlight for two full days and it still doesn’t run for more than three hours.

    Obviously this is annoying as well as useless for a watch to run for only a few hours. I would appreciate some assistance on what could be wrong with this watch and how I can go about fixing it.


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