Who doesn’t like wearing watches, huh? Especially if it’s a watch from the renowned brand Citizen. The brand offers so many designs, and varieties, for everyone that without costing too much, everyone has one.
Perhaps you also own a Citizen watch. With the sleek style, the watch gives you, it’s hard not to wear it regularly. And the best part is, Citizen watches can go with any look or party!
This may sound thrilling, but it all comes down to multiple questions. If you own one Citizen, what does it require for you to reset a Citizen eco-drive? By far, this is one of Citizen’s most stylish yet comfortable models.
Keep reading this article as we find out.
How To Reset Eco-drive Men’s Solar Watch?
Citizen Eco-drive solar watches are the first watches designed by Citizen run by solar power. Regular watches use batteries, but Eco-drive converts solar energy into electrical energy.
Even a specific cell inside Eco-drive stores energy from the sun arrays. The extraordinary quality of the cell prevents it from functioning any less than a regular watch.
Here’s how you can reset a Citizen Eco-drive solar watch, step by step:
- Bring the crown out first
- Set the crown according to your aspired time
- Keep the crown just like that for 30 seconds
- Keep turning the crown until you see your desired date
- Scroll the crown to set the date; you can turn it clockwise or counterclockwise
- Push back the crown to its starting position
The reset system in the Eco-drive solar watches fluctuates from model to model. Although, in most cases, it’s the same.
Citizen watches have one of the strongest and longest battery systems. Even though Eco-drive watches are run by sunlight, a single watch is fully charged and goes up to 45 days or even 5 years!
However, sometimes you may notice the watch not charging. This happens mostly because, well, you guessed it, the watch isn’t getting enough light. If it’s a rainy day or a cold winter night, your watch most probably won’t be charging.
You can’t really do much to prevent this from happening; after all, you can’t control the weather. Nevertheless, you can still be exposed to bright sunlight often. Eco-drive watches don’t require you to go outside and be charged daily; one charge can last up to one and a half month-long or even years.
How To Reset Eco-drive Women’s Solar Watch?
The resetting process of men’s and women’s solar watches is pretty much the same unless you have a digital model.
This is how you can reset a Citizen Eco-drive women’s solar watch.
- Push back the crown from the watch, unscrew it
- Put the crown to set the time
- Leave the crown like that for 30 seconds, you can keep out more, but it’s unnecessary.
- Set the date, accordingly
- Scroll the crown to its starting position
- Your watch is reset
Eco-drive watches don’t require a physical battery. Therefore, it can save you from the hassles of going to Citizen or third-party stores, claiming your warranty, and getting a fix. It’s a lot to process and do.
In other words, Eco-drive doesn’t require a professional fix or replacement; you can do it by yourself.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you are not using your watch and it is inactive for a few days. You will need a factory reset or just the rest of the watch; it doesn’t matter if it’s a women’s or men’s watch.
How Can You Be Sure Your Watch Is Not Faulty Or Damaged?
The first thing you should look out for is to check whether your watch is charged or not. To know everything, follow the instruction manual your Eco-drive came with.
If your watch is still not working, reset your watch as discussed earlier in the article, and the watch should start working. If it still doesn’t, send it to your nearest Citizen Authorised store.
Using a third-party service is highly not recommended. If you have a watch warranty, why spend money on other services that won’t guarantee a fix?
How To Reset Citizen Promaster Watch?
Citizen Promaster has one of the classiest designs for Eco-drive models. Promaster watch can be charged by sunlight or artificial light if you have the resources.
After setting the time and date in the watch, make sure to use your chronograph. The high-quality design of the Promaster model makes it look so smart.
If you want to reset your Eco-drive Promaster model, make sure the chronograph is stopped manually. After this, on the right bottom of your watch, there’s a button. Press the button gently and hold it for 10 seconds, and your Promaster has a factory reset.
One of the features of the Promaster model that I personally like very much is its ability to show city names. When the city names are flashing, use the top or bottom right buttons on the watch to choose the city you live in.
You can use the buttons as a crown while scrolling through the cities. After that, find the city you want to be displayed or live in, and you’re all set.
How To Reset Citizen e650 Watch?
The Citizen Eco-drive e650 has to be one of the best designs of Citizen watches ever made. Powered by solar power or not. Resetting the watch means returning it to the default settings it came from.
The reset process of Citizen e650 is the same as others. Pull out the crown, put it to the time, and leave it like that for 30 seconds. You know the deal by now.
Another thing to know is that if you reset your Eco-drive e650, everything will be as the watch came in after the purchase. The date will be a leap year, January 1st. According to London, the time will be 0 hours, minute, and second.
How To Reset Citizen wr100?
The Citizen wr100 is another Eco-drive model, analog and powered by sunlight. This watch is water-resistant until 330 feet, which means that the watch will survive unless you go deep into the ocean. WR100’s band is made of titanium, so the watch is expensive.
For the wr100 model, the reset procedure is the same as before. So it doesn’t need to be explained much.
Citizen Eco-drive watches have a quick startup feature, which means that once the watches are exposed to proper sunlight, the eco-drivers start running within a matter of seconds.
The moment the watches start running, it enters Time Reset Advisory Mode. This is triggered by the second hand on the watch. Charge your watch properly; you can take help from your instruction manual. Or else, the watch may stop once, even if it’s in the sunlight.
Resetting Citizen Eco-Drive e820, Skyhawk & WR100
Putting the last three together because earlier in the post, it was mentioned that all Eco-drive watches have pretty much the same resetting procedure. Talking about the same thing would be a lost cause.
How Long Do Eco-drive Watches Last?
An average Citizen Eco-drive watch lasts up to 10 years. If it’s under good maintenance, then it can last for about 15-20 years too. It all depends on how much care you put into the watch.
Since it charges by sunlight, Citizen Eco-drive watches can sometimes require repair. This is in rare cases because if your watch doesn’t have a regular physical battery, it’s basically saving you from any sort of replacement work. But still, if it requires work, Citizen always has trained employees, or you can go for the less trusted way, the third-party way.
Can You Damage Your Citizen Eco-Drive Watch With Excessive Heat?
This question is often asked in the Citizen watch world; the answer is yes. You can slightly damage your Eco-drive if exposed to too much heat.
This scenario doesn’t occur often. Citizen Eco-drive watches have a high heat resistance system developed. In the instruction manual, it’s given. You may face a problem if the heat is over 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
The company also urges you not to use artificial light like a halogen or incandescent lamp to charge the watches. If you are using other artificial lights, make sure it’s over 20 inches away from the watch.
Citizen Eco-drive watches are good for the planet as they use solar power. In my opinion, more companies should introduce watches that are powered by sunlight. It’s ergonomic and sustainable.
Resetting Eco-drive watches are not that hard; in fact, the resetting procedure is pretty much the same in most cases unless your watch model has some complex built-in arrangement.
To reset an average Eco-drive, you must pull out your watch’s crown and take the arrow to your desired time. Keep it that way for 30 seconds, and lastly, push back the crown in. This works with all the models discussed in the article.
If your watch is not charging or exposed to heat, your watch is probably faulty or damaged. In this case, the best option is to contact Citizen for support.
Your watch can also be damaged by excessive heat, so be careful of that. Although it rarely happens, it is an excellent option to know all the do’s and don’ts, as the Eco-drive watches are not the most budget-friendly.
Eng. Matthew Joseph Nandirio is the Founder of walkingsolar.
After graduating from the University of Houston in 2002, matt started working as an electrical and electronic engineer for several multi-national solar energy companies.
He has a wide range of experiences including solar system requirement analysis, planning, maintaining, debugging and even solar device development through research.
He now shares his 20 years of expertise through his articles on the walkingsolar website.
Further, he is also the author of two books on Solar Technology, “Solar Power for Villages” and “DIY Solar System for Dummies”.