Solar Dial Watch Face

ReardenMetal

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Digital right now. But I like both.
At first I thought I‘d stick with the analog version no question, but the digital has grown on me and has more of a future feel to it. Plus, I believe digital’s easier to read against the analog 24 hour backdrop. I could see myself switching back and forth tho.
Of course, I’ll always keep the original Solar Graph handy. Still my all time favorite. I keep Infograph Analog one swipe away for more utility and access to other complications. My current configs:
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ledzepfan1981

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At first I thought I‘d stick with the analog version no question, but the digital has grown on me and has more of a future feel to it. Plus, I believe digital’s easier to read against the analog 24 hour backdrop. I could see myself switching back and forth tho.
Of course, I’ll always keep the original Solar Graph handy. Still my all time favorite. I keep Infograph Analog one swipe away for more utility and access to other complications. My current configs:
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Beautiful, I’m in awe. How many complications do you get with the Solar Dial?
 

allanes

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Sep 11, 2014
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Finally got it to work.

Re-pairing didn't fix it. What did work is turning location services on. That kind of makes sense as only knowing the timezone isn't enough to accurately denote the multiple dawn and evening twilights. However one would think that knowing your zip code would be close enough. :)
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-Jeff
I have been having the exact same issue and did not find anything about it till you posted this.
Got it to work turning location services on for Apple Watch Faces like you suggested!!
Thanks!!!!
 

ReardenMetal

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As much as I love the solar dial, I still enjoy the classic solar graph most of the time. At time the solar dial looks a bit too clustered.
Switching to digital on the Solar Dial helps declutter the face, but Solar Graph remains my all time favorite. Still use it when I want the cleanest look. Mostly in evenings and mornings.
 
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sean000

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I’ve been using Solar Dial a lot as well... it’s definitely my go-to watch face right now. I also liked the California faces... I just dig the default navy blue for those... but Solar Dial is definitely my favorite now. I’ve been using it with digital time and just switched to analog to change things up.
 

CarlJ

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Astronomical, Nautical, and Civil Dawn, Sunrise, Noon, Sunset, then Civil, Nautical, and Astronomical Dusk.
The spaces between the different dawns and the different Dusks are Astronomical, Nautical and Civil Twilight.
And near the bottom there's also Solar Midnight, the opposite of Noon. I'd like to see them have some sort of notation for Golden Hour and Blue Hour as well.

I'd also like to see some facility for changing the overall color. I know that blue fits with the astronomical theme, but I think it'd look great if the hue of the various blues could be changed to, say green - keeping the same saturation and brightness. Just for variety. Also the ability to set the color scheme for the complications to either matching (as it is now), or multicolor. Multicolor would distract from the theme, I know, but would make the complications more readable, which, in turn, would let me use the Solar Dial more often.

What did work is turning location services on. That kind of makes sense as only knowing the timezone isn't enough to accurately denote the multiple dawn and evening twilights. However one would think that knowing your zip code would be close enough.
Zip code works at home (or work, or wherever you entered the zip code), but starts giving increasingly inaccurate results as soon as you travel more than a few dozen miles. And without location services on, it won't know when you've traveled far enough that it should prompt you to enter your new zip code. And if you're driving across the state, do you want to keep track of every zip code you pass through?

I'd be very curious to see screenshots of someone using the Solar Dial face above the Arctic Circle, or in Antarctica, where there's days that venture far away from the nominal 12 hours of sun / 12 hours of night cycle.

I'm also curious to try taking a screenshot, say, every Monday at noon for a year, and stitch them into a time-lapse video... watch the day shrink and grow through the seasons.

FWIW, there are very well-vetted libraries, in a variety of languages, that, given longitude, latitude, and precise time and date, will calculate all the various dawn/dusk/noon/midnight times, along with the position of the sun and moon in the, and the phase of the moon.
 
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racoop

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At least for me, it does not seem available on the Series 3, updated to OS6. I am using the Solar Graph version though. Anyone have this available on Series 3?
 

ledzepfan1981

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I've got an S5 now (since the middle of December) and I like the solar dial, but I prefer the infograph just because you can get 8 complications on it.
 

jonnyb098

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The solar dial is beautiful Even when the display is dimmed on the series 5. Part of the reason I went from my series 3 to the 5 was that I was missing out on SO MANY amazing watch faces so I decided to upgrade and take the plunge.
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TheSkywalker77

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I wish it was available for the Series 3. I’d be fine with using it without the complications on the corners, but knowing Apple they won’t allow for that. Classic solar graph for me I guess. :p
 

Regbial

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Finally got it to work.

Re-pairing didn't fix it. What did work is turning location services on. That kind of makes sense as only knowing the timezone isn't enough to accurately denote the multiple dawn and evening twilights. However one would think that knowing your zip code would be close enough. :)

-Jeff
So it's a battery drainer confirmed... bummer...