Let’s keep the solar-powered train running, shall we? Last week, we brought you offerings from Diesel and Skagen, and today, well, we’ve got a whole new offering from Skagen that has all manner of eco-friendly things going on. Time to get familiar with the Skagen Samsø.

First off, what’s up with that name? Well, it turns out, Samsø is an island off of Denmark, in a region known as Kattegat (familiar to us Vikings fans, no? We’re not saying they’re the same, but it’s a cool little detail in the names of things). That particular island has been all about green energy and self-sufficiency. How does that translate to the watch?

Well, for one, Skagen Samsø has that solar-powered movement, which is something we think all watch collectors should have one of. For the case, you’ve got #tide ocean plastic being put to use, which many brands have been taking advantage of. For the strap, though, they’re NOT using #tide. Instead, they’re using rPET, which is made 100% of recycled plastics. And that crystal? It’s got a material that’s 45% castor oil-based, which is a material – and a claim – we’ve not seen on watch crystals yet. Time will tell how they hold up to daily life, but it’s a great step, we think.

All the earth-friendly aspects aside, the Skagen Samsø looks like it’s ready for summer, especially with that woven strap that will shrug off water (or sweat), and a movement that will more than happy to be out in the sun. If you want to pick one up, they’re available now for $165 directly from skagen.com

Tech Specs from Skagen

  • Case Size: 37MM
  • Movement: Solar-Powered Three Hand, Power Reserve: 6 month battery power from full charge
  • Strap Material: 100% rPET
  • Strap Color: Black, Blue
  • Case Water Resistance: 3 ATM
  • Case Material: #tide ocean material®
  • Case Color: Black
  • Dial Color: Blue
  • Strap Width: 18MM
  • Closure: Single Prong Strap Buckle
  • Strap Inner Circumference: 190+/- 5MM
  • Crystal Type: Nylon with 45% Bio-based Raw Materials
  • Battery Type: MT621

ByPatrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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