Just got an Citizen Eco-Drive at a garage sale yesterday

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  1. Bill Manders

    Bill Manders Registered User

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    What can anyone tell me about the Citizen eco-drive. I had understood it was not a bad watch, both for accuracy and longevity, but what do I know ? It has kept perfect time over night to the second.
    It was not working when I bought it, so googled it and got a manual on setting and trouble shooting. Fount it was just kept in a drawer for several years and had no charge, sat it in overcast skies for a couple of hours and that was it, seems fine.
    It has an E111 movement, and would like to know how that compares to anything, that is if there is a comparable, as I am unaware of anyone else that has that type of system, of course not being a wrist watch guy, I could well be wrong. Oh I might add I paid 5 bucks Cdn for it.
    Any ideas and info appreciated,
    Thanks,
    Bill
     
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    "Oh I might add I paid 5 bucks Cdn for it".

    Consider yourself extremely lucky.. I got mine used from a forum member in like new condition and it cost me way more than you paid!
     
  3. richiec

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    my wife has had one the last 2 years, no issues, keeps great time, did NOT pay $5, maybe 13 times that new.
     
  4. Bruce Alexander

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    Congrats on your find! :thumb:

    I purchased a Citizen Eco Drive Stiletto Watch with a dark blue dial about 18 years or so ago. It's ultra thin and very accurate. It's been several weeks since I set it. I just checked and it's running about 3 seconds slow. I love it. Use it to set/regulate our mechanical clocks. I've had to replace the rechargeable battery-solar cell once so far. I wear a Fitbit tracker and can get time from it but I still wear my Citizen. If I can continue to replace the solar cell, I'll continue to wear it until my rechargeable batteries fail to hold a charge. :exhausted:

    Bruce
     
  5. Kevin W.

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    Nice find Bill. I should go to your garage sales. Enjoy.
     
  6. roughbarked

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    The rechargeable cell is a capacitor. They aren't inexpensive like batteries are. Citizen claims "you'll never have to change a battery again". Misleading marketing because their ecodrive watch never had a battery in it. They generally last up to seven years, some longer.
     
  7. Bruce Alexander

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    #7 Bruce Alexander, Jul 12, 2020
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    I think that a replacement will currently cost around $80 or so. It's true that you could buy a lot of watch batteries for that much but you don't have to. My first capacitor lasted about 15 years so. I guess I got lucky with that one. :)
     
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    I was fitting them for $60 retail up until the shop closed recently.
     
  9. Kevin W.

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    I paid about 20 dollars shipped for the capacitor for my Seiko and installed it myself.
     
  10. Bruce Alexander

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    You're a better watchmaker than me Kevin. The clock gears I work with are bigger than many wrist watches. I don't have any tools that would safely get me into the Watch so I sent it off rather than risk damaging it. One needs to know their limits. ;)

    Regards,

    Bruce
     
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  11. Kevin W.

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    I agree Bruce, it tookme time to do it. I had to google it and then to actually do it. I started in this hobby with pocket watches, taking them apart and clean and oil assemble them. I work on my own watches but dont take on work. I honestly do enjoy clock repair now, easier to see.
     
  12. PWR_family

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    My buddy had a dozen of these watches..inherited...all were dead....put them in the Florida sun for a few days and all but one came back to life..set them and they all run perfectly.....and they sell well too....much more than a garage sale purchase!
     

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