Fossil LE Solar Watch 

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This latest offering from Fossil is a Solar Watch. Unless you live permanently in a darkened cave thinking about winding it up should never enter your mind. It was produced for Earth Day which for those who do not know was the 22nd of April. It is stated that eight hours of sunlight should power it for up to six weeks of continuous use and it can retain charge for three months.

Limited Edition Solar Digital Blue
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The face is 4.2cm across and 5cm from top to bottom from strap lug to strap lug and 1.2cm thick, it weighs 48grams. Mine had a black face with white hands and a blue fabric recycled material strap with Velcro fixings.

On the face from 8 to 4 there is a slash to show each hour, the area below this has a cut out area to show the various things like day and date among other choices.

There are four buttons on the sides at 2, 4, 8, 10 and if you look closely at the face they are explained. The small manual has four pages in English and if you have excellent eyesight they explain everything in detail to show which button does what to change the many functions the unit does. As my eyesight is less than perfect I scanned these pages and printed them out to a more readable size.

Among the things the watch can do – apart from telling the time – is to be a Chronograph, a Countdown Timer, an Alarm Clock – choice of five - , World Time Mode for 49 cities around the world and to allow for daylight saving in these modes. Finally it can also be a compass. The various modes are entered by sequential presses.

It is also possible to check to current state of the battery.

All of these features are available from the four buttons on the watch so it is far more than a basic timepiece.

I am told only 1584 of this watch have been produced, when I asked why 1584 expecting it to be some amazing reason no one seemed to have an amazing answer.

The cut out area will normally show the time digital watch style and pressing the button to its left will start the sequential tour of all other modes. This can be accompanied by a back light to make this stand out better by default when pressed the back light stays on for four seconds.

The Fossil LE Solar Watch is available from the link below for £149 however when I got to the link below it said spring sale 20% off now on so at time of writing that would make it only £119.20.

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