Many people from all over the world are beginning to introduce eco-friendly alternatives in more aspects of their lives. To help you to accessorise in a more environmentally friendly way, we have put together a list of our top 10 eco-friendly watches 2021. Many watch brands have observed the shift to more eco-friendly alternatives and have adjusted their manufacturing and design processes to account for this demand. Different brands take a different approach to becoming more eco-friendly. Some brands donate to environmental causes, others build their watches from more sustainable materials. If you are searching for ways to accessorise in a more environmentally friendly manner, keep reading for our top 10 eco-friendly watches 2021.
Our Top 10 Eco-Friendly Watches 2021
Mondaine designed its Essence collection in order to make strides towards sustainability. The collection is Mondaine’s way of reimagining the timepiece in an eco-friendly way without compromising any of the quality and defining features that a collector desires in a Mondaine watch. The brand state that 70% of the parts used in each Essence watch are built from sustainable renewable brands. The case of this model is made from a castor oil based polyamide to ensure that the watch abides with the brand’s eco-friendly philosophies. The watch exhibits a white dial with the brand’s iconic red second hand that is designed to be reminiscent of a train dispatcher’s baton. This timepiece is powered by a quartz movement and finished with a comfortable black natural rubber strap.
ORIS frequently release limited edition watches with one of a kind designs in an effort to raise money and awareness for environmental charities. This watch is limited to only 2016 pieces, making it a very desirable and collectable timepiece. The watch was created in collaboration with photographer Gerardo del Villar in an effort to preserve the whale shark population.
This model features a very unusual dial. It is blue in colour and is textured to create the effect of the skin of the whale shark. The dial feature luminous details, allowing it to be read underwater or in the dark. The wearer can make the most of this feature when making the most of the 30 bar water resistance. A black and blue gradient ceramic bezel surrounds the dial and a stainless steel case frames it. This watch is powered by an automatic movement that provides it with a power reserve of up to 42 hours. A stainless steel bracelet secures the watch on the wrist.
The WeWood brand was founded in the city of Florence, Italy in 2009. Its goal was to create timepieces in an environmentally conscious way by making the most out of wood. The brand tries to combat deforestation by planting trees. This watch is made almost completely out of wood. This gives the watch a very unusual and eye-catching appearance, making it a great choice for someone who likes to strongly express their passion for environmental issues. The dial exhibits a subtle camouflage pattern and is detailed with bold orange elements. The dial features three sub dials to ensure that the wearer can keep an excellent track of time. The case and bracelet of this watch are made from a striking deep brown wood, creating a unique finish.
Citizen is famous for its Eco-Drive technology. This technology can be found in many of Citizen’s watches in both men’s and women’s styles. The technology enables the watch to use both natural and artificial light and transform it into energy that can power the watch. This means that watches with Eco-Drive movements do not need to be wound or have regular battery changes. The lack of disposable batteries is much better for the environment, and Eco-Drive watches are a great example of how solar power can be put to use in everyday life. Once fully charged, an Eco-Drive movement can power a watch for up to 7 months.
This model features a black dial with bold luminous baton and Arabic indices. The dial also features a date aperture at 3 o’clock. A case made from super titanium surrounds the dial, ensuring that the watch is durable and long lasting. The watch is finished with a black fabric strap.
Swatch has recently added bio-sourced materials to its extensive portfolio. These materials are a more eco-friendly alternative to standard plastics previously used by the brand. This model exhibits a vibrant colour scheme in shades of orange and yellow. The dial and silicone strap and both patterned with an orange and yellow tartan design. The bold dial is framed by a transparent pink case made from bio-sourced materials. The watch is powered by one of the precise and reliable quartz movements that the brand is so famous for. This watch is splash resistant, making it a great companion for day to day wear.
This Alpina watch has been precisely engineered for water sports and is made using a variety of recycled materials. This would make a fantastic addition for someone who is passionate about the ocean in both a sporting and environmental sense. This particular watch is limited edition with only 288 pieces available worldwide.
The black dial exhibits easy to read features and is protected by sapphire crystal. A blue rotating bezel surrounds the dial and a 44mm case frames it. The case is made from recycled PA 6 (70%) and glass-fibre (30%). This cases houses the Al-525 automatic movement that provides the watch with a power reserve of up to 38 hours. The watch comes with two strap options. One strap is blue and made from recycled plastic bottles. The second is a black NATO strap with a blue trim. The watch is water resistant up to 300 metres, allowing it to be worn for a variety of water sports. The variety of recycled materials used in the creation of this watch make it a great contender in our top 10 eco-friendly watches 2021.
This watch is part of Seiko’s Save The Ocean collection. The brand is partnered with PADI and PADI Aware Foundation’s Marine Debris Program to help to rid the ocean of marine debris. The dial of this timepiece features a blue gradient design with a view of the ocean as seen by the 5m deep vision of the endangered Manta Ray species. A sapphire crystal with a magnifier protects this detailed dial. This model furthers the sea-life theme as it is fondly nicknames the ‘turtle’ by fans of the brand. This is because the silhouette of the case resembles a turtle with its curved shell. The watch is finished with a blue silicone strap to ensure that the watch is comfortable even when wet. This model is water resistant up to 200 metres and i powered by an automatic movement.
Nixon watches all have a very distinctive style as they are created through a collaborative effort between the brand’s designers, artists and athletes around the world. The Nixon Staple models have a digital display, giving them a modern appearance and making them easy to read whilst on the move. The digital display of this model is framed by a silver coloured case. The case is made from recycled ocean plastic as part of Nixon’s effort to become a more sustainable brand. A black rubber blend strap secures the watch on the wrist. This model has some additional functions that make it stand out from other digital watches. It features a fun “coin flip” to aid the wearer in making a decision. The watch also has a perpetual calendar, a chronograph, a timer, an alarm and a backlight. This model is water resistant up to 100 metres.
The Olivia Burton brand prides itself on being environmentally conscious and producing sustainable accessories. In some of its most recent launches, the brand has made an effort to include vegan friendly options to appeal to both vegans and environmentally conscious customers. The vegan watches are of equally good quality as the traditional models, but come with the pleasure of knowing they are having a positive effect on the planet. This watch features an eye-catching white glitter dial with rose gold hands and indices. It is framed by a rose gold coloured stainless steel case. This case houses a precise quartz movement. The watch is finished with a white vegan leather strap, providing the timepiece with a classic and elegant appearance.
Certina partnered with the Sea Turtle Conservancy in 1959, the year they began producing the popular DS Action Diver model. This partnership has helped to fund reserach on sea turtle migratory patterns and aid in the removal of rubbish from the Caribbean ocean. This timepiece exhibits a black dial with luminous indices and a date aperture. The silver hour and minute hands are filled with luminous material and the green second hand stands out from the dark dial. A black stainless steel bezel surrounds the dial and a stainless steel case frames it.
The case houses the powerful automatic movement that provides the watch with a power reserve of up to 80 hours. This watch features a Double Security element to ensure that it is robust and long lasting whilst increasing the shock resistance of the watch. This model is finished with a hard wearing stainless steel bracelet that ensures that the watch matches all outfits for any occasion.
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