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Place the watch in direct sunlight of sunrise or sunset for a few weeks and also bright light but not hot light. Wear as usual in direct sunlight as the occasion allows. Once these kind of batteries are discharged, they need quite some time to recharge. Wearing a new solar watch most of the time indoors with bright light only, is normally not enough but once the battery reaches full charge, the extra bright light conditions can be relaxed.
To charge your Apple Watch: Plug the Apple Magnetic Charging Cable, Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Case, or Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock into its USB power adapter. Plug the adapter into a power outlet. You can also plug the charging cable into a USB port.13 Sep 2016
An Eco drive citizen is powered by the sun. You should take the watch out in the sunlight or put under a lamp to charge it for at least 12 hours. Once it is running you need to wear it to keep it running, you should be able to take it off at night and it will continue to run once it is fully charged. if it does not hold a charge over night after being fully exposed to light for 24-48 hours you may need to send it to Citizen for service on the capacitor. thank you!
From your description the solar cell charges the battery and keeps it topped up. I think the rechargeable battery is the problem because when the screen goes blank the battery level drops to low and the LCD blanks out which would explain the intermittent operation of the watch. I think it is worth getting it checked out with an estimate.
CHARGE means you have to charge the watch. It depends on what type of movement you have. If it's solar powered, you need to leave your watch under the light to charge it. If it is battery powered - you haqve to buy the new battery and fit it.
Your watch should recharge by itself just sitting in the sun(4 hours) or near a lamp(12 hours). Don't place it so close to the lamp or on the dash of your car as the heat can damage your watch. Once charged it should run for weeks to months depending on which model watch you have. If it doesn't keep a charge for long it may need a new capacitor which runs $50 to $75. That is rare however. Charge it up and set it. Good luck, Michael