Eco-Drive timepieces feature a variety of functions and specifications. For optimal performance, we recommend the watch be exposed to light each and every day. In most instances, your watch has stopped or appears to operate erratically it is simply in need of full recharging. Charge rates and run times vary by model. Click here to go to the Recharge Guide page for more specific info.
If the watch has lost complete power, be sure to perform the ALL RESET and 0-POSITION PROCEDURE (if applicable) as outlined in your instruction manual before setting the time. Click here to view full instructions.
This gives the watch a “starting” point after losing power. If this is not done, the watch may continue to operate in an irregular fashion, although fully charged.
Many of the Eco-Drive watches incorporate special features, such as a low charge warning, power save function or quick start. Features specific to your model are outlined in your instruction booklet.
Low charge warnings are visible clues that your timepiece is in need of a full recharge. These warnings include irregular movement of the second or minute hand and special positioning of indicator hands on some of the more complicated pieces. Your instruction manual will outline the specific low charge warning for your timepiece.
Some Eco Drive models incorporate a special power save function to conserve power when the watch is not exposed to light sufficient for charging. This enables the watch to have extended run times from a single full charge.
Power Save features activate automatically when the watch has sufficient power stored for normal operation but is not receiving light sufficient for charging. Although certain functions “shut down”, the correct time is kept internally.
When the watch is not receiving light sufficient for charging, such as under a shirt sleeve, the digital display will dim from view and the second hand stops at the 12:00 position. When the watch receives light sufficient for charging, the second hand will “catch up” to the correct seconds and the digital display will reactivate with the correct time.
After 60-72 hours of light insufficient for charging, all visible functions of the watch will stop. Once the watch receives light sufficient for charging, the digital display will reactivate and all hands will “catch up” to display the correct time.
The second hand will stop after 30-60 seconds of darkness or light insufficient for charging (such as under a shirt sleeve). Once the watch is exposed to light sufficient for charging, the second hand will “catch up” to the correct seconds and resume normal operation.
After 48-60 hours of darkness or light insufficient for charging, the hour, minute, second and any special function hands will stop. Once the watch is exposed to light sufficient for charging, all hands will “catch up” to the correct time and resume normal operation.
After 2 hours of darkness or light that is insufficient for charging, the minute and hour hands will stop. Once the watch is exposed to light that is sufficient for charging, all hands will “catch up” to the correct time and resume normal operation.
Some models incorporate a quick start feature in which although not charged, the watch will start running after only a few seconds of exposure to light. Be sure to note that the watch is in need of a full charge as it does not have sufficient power stored to maintain normal operation when not exposed to light sufficient for charging.