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Eco-Friendly Shopping: Watches That Run on Sun

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If you’re old enough, you may remember when people actually dialed (yes, dialed!) the phone to find out the time: “At the tone, Pacific Daylight Time will be 6:35 a.m.” But today, all you need to do is glance at your BlackBerry.

When I was in my 20s, I loved to wear watches. I particularly favored gigantic men’s diving watches or faux Tag Heuers that made my wrist look delicately doll-like (or so I thought). My friends called me Flavor Flav. I have a whole box of watches that I’m reluctant to toss, so I cart them around from house to house, every time I move.

I never wear them anymore. If I’m not parked in front of a computer monitor with the time blinking up in the corner, I’ve got my iPhone with me – complete with timer, stopwatch, alarm clock, and world clock.

I remember when I first realized I was cell-phone-dependent in the telling-time department: Several years ago, I was visiting the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola (long story). Guests were not allowed to bring in their cell phones. I was talking to an inmate, and asked him what time it was.

“You know, I just use my cell phone now,” I said. “I never wear a watch anymore.”

“No, I don’t know,” he answered, checking his watch. He’d been down a long time, well before the prevalence of cell phones.


In the words of the immortal Chicago song, Does anybody really know what time it is? – As I was walking down the street one day/A pretty lady looked at me/And said her diamond watch had stopped cold dead…and I said/Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care…

I sure hope those weren’t conflict diamonds on that pretty lady's blinged-out Rolex. But if they were, and she wanted to clean up – and green up – her time-telling act, there are some cute eco-watch options out there. They may even get me toting a timepiece again (on my wrist).

Our seven earth-friendly watches to watch: